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Acupressure
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
 
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Standard Meridian Abbreviations

Lu        Lung

LI        Large Intestine

Sp       Spleen

TW     Triple Warmer

St        Stomach

SI        Small Intestine

H        Heart

CV      Conception Vessel

K         Kidney

P         Pericardium

B         Bladder

GB      Gallbladder

Lv       Liver

GV      Governing Vessel

EX       Extra Point

 

Never underestimate the healing power of human hands. The doctrine of the laying on of hands is based on sound principles.

Who among us hasn't massaged our temples to soothe a headache or asked a spouse to rub our back or feet to relieve tension and ease pain? Naturally, in the empirical system of Chinese medicine, this type of treatment would come in for a significant amount of study.

Thousands of years ago, Chinese doctors noticed that something beneficial was happening with massage. These traditional physicians wanted to define this benefit and harness its powers into an understandable therapy that could be taught to others. Over the years, this therapy became known as acupressure, which is closely related to acupuncture.

Understood properly, acupressure will help you treat many of the most common complaints of the modern age. We spend long hours at work, often sitting in uncomfortable chairs that encourage bad posture. We suffer from stress-related tension, bad diets, and virtually no exercise. It's no wonder, then, that the body responds with back and stomach aches and a whole gamut of additional pains, from head to toe.

Acupressure is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, self-practiced form of therapy in the world. And just as someone in China saw the benefits of acupressure more than four thousand years ago, you can also be helped by this ancient brand of TCM.

One of the most frequently diagnosed problems in Chinese medicine is stuck or stagnant qi, indicating a blockage in the healthy flow of vital energy through the network of meridians. This disharmony is manifested by all the aches and pains that I've just described.

Utilizing the same knowledge of meridians and diagnostic methods used in all branches of TCM, acupressure treats these symptoms by manipulating the acupressure points that will ease pain and release stagnant qi.

By manipulating these points with the hands and the fingers, applying pressure along crucial meridians, you can release endorphins and other natural substances in your body that block pain. By stimulating the flow of blood, you will also soothe sore muscles and relax the body, promoting the body's natural ability to heal itself.

One of the most frequently observed symptoms of stress is chest tension and difficulty breathing. An acupressurist knows which points need to be manipulated to relieve the tension and restore healthy breathing.

In the process, acupressure releases toxins that are built up in the body's tissues. It is always a good idea to flush these toxins with plenty of fluids after each session.

As the traditional Chinese physician always sought to treat the whole person and not just a particular disease, it was quickly noted that someone receiving acupressure not only found his or her body become relaxed but also felt day-to-day cares slip away as the mind was freed from immediate distractions and could resume its former acuity with peace.

The applications of acupressure are too numerous to list here, but let's consider a few. Sports medicine, for example, often incorporates acupressure to relieve the damage caused during a game or in practice. Many of these techniques date back to Chinese battlefields, when warriors noted that certain types of body contact would actually relieve some chronic pains.

Acupressure is an ancient form of beauty therapy as well. Certain facial massages can relax your features, easing old worry lines and preventing new ones from forming.

To begin, you may want to apply either firm pressure, a slow circular massage, or a hard rubbing motion to stimulate the point, depending on the desired physical response.

When you apply pressure, you can use your fingers, knuckles, palm, or thumbs.

As you gain more experience, you can try various methods to see which works best for you.  ....read more

 
 
 
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