Acupressure And Acupuncture

As patients and consumers, we are blessed with multiple options for the treatment of our medical conditions. The number of licensed physicians and practitioners in the United States is staggering, and often make choosing a direction difficult. NHS Heroes online pharmacy in the UK

Millions are finding their happy medium with a combination of ancient, traditional and modern medical practices, and I’ll be highlighting many of them in the coming weeks.

The ancient Chinese are credited with one of the most well-known and practiced methods of relieving various health and pain problems.

Much more than just massage, acupressure helps the entire body function better, heal faster and stay stress-free. It is related to acupuncture in the basic concept that pain and problems in one part of the body are controlled and alleviated by pressure points in other parts of the body.

Acupressure works on the premise that energy, also known as Chi, flows through the body but can be impeded by built-up pressure. The practices of both acupressure and acupuncture release that pressure and open channels for the energy to flow smoothly. When these channels are open, the corresponding body locations are pain-free and body processes and organs function fully.

A student of acupressure learns to identify pressure points associated with locations of pain or illness exactly. Then, by applying pressure with a thumb, knuckle or the eraser end of a pencil they can often ease pain and reduce symptoms of illness.

Unlike acupuncture, acupressure is relatively easy to do on yourself almost anywhere. home.

Here are few useful acupressure points:

Pressure Point #1. This site is just about where the thumb meets the hand when following a line down from the side of the forefinger. Applying pressure here will help with many problems on the upper torso, including facial pain, nervousness and most respiratory illnesses.

Pressure Point #2. Located in the middle of the wrist, about two inches below the hand, this pressure point helps with arm pain, stomach pain, menstrual cramps, respiratory illnesses and smoking cessation.

Pressure Point #4. This point is located behind the outside ankle bone. Pressure on this spot helps with ankle problems, back aches, leg cramps and a variety of other problems all over the body.

Pressure Point #10. At the base of the thumbnail, on the side away from the fingers is a pressure point that helps with nasal congestion, headaches, arm pain and a variety of serious conditions.

As with most alternative therapies, acupressure is not a substitute to emergency medical care and should be used only as a supplementary treatment. Used correctly, however, it can help reduce your stress levels, general aches and pains, ease the symptoms of many illnesses and aid in recovery from injury and surgery.

ACUPUNCTURE

This  5000 year old medical treatment, despite its old age, is often considered a “new age” treatment in the western world.

There is ongoing debate in the medical community over its effectiveness, even as the number of practitioners and patients grows each year and each one is a strong proponent of its role in healing.

The basic concept behind acupuncture is that our human bodies are kept healthy and alive by our life energies. The life energies, or “Qi,” flow through a specific channel (called “meridian”) and affect the entire body, with certain points affecting specific locations. When this flow is interrupted or limited, illness, pain or even death can occur.

One commonly cited source describes meridians as 14 main channels “connecting the body in a web-like interconnecting matrix” of at least 2,000 acupuncture points.

Acupuncture treatments manipulate the 14 channels, or meridians, in the locations where they come closer to the surface of the body. Long needles are inserted through the skin into the specific acupuncture locations. Once inserted, a variety of methods can be used to stimulate the flow through the needles.

These methods include raising and lower the needle, twirling the needle, vibrating the needle, warming the needle, or using small electrical charges with the needles. The specific ailments dictate the acupuncture method used.

It has been suggested that acupuncture raises various hormone levels, blood counts, anti-bodies, endorphins, and neurotransmitter levels. It may contribute to proper constricting and dilating of blood vessels.

The “Gate Control” Theory suggests that acupuncture temporarily closes certain neurological gates, effectively blocking pain both small and large. It has been effectively used to treat a variety of pain, and as a form of anesthesia during surgery. Similarly, some paralysis has been alleviated by opening  “stuck” gates.

Conditions for which acupuncture has been found useful include pain in various locations, arthritis, allergies, muscular problems, depression, anxiety, and chemical addictions.

Acupuncture has had questionable results in clinical studies; however, the process and theory behind acupuncture make it difficult to test with a control group.

Many physicians attribute the “benefits” of acupuncture to nothing other than a placebo effect, or the idea that believing that it works is what makes it work.

Practitioners of acupuncture, however, as well as the large number of people who have benefited from it, firmly believe that it does work, and state that only using the method can prove to you that it does.

Acupuncture is being widely practiced—by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners—for relief or prevention of pain and for various other health conditions.

At this writing, since around 1997, over 4 million adults and nearly 300,000 children in the United States have been successfully treated.

The goal of  “integrative medicine,”which combines conventional medicine and alternative treatments like acupuncture, is to harness the body’s power to heal itself. It doesn’t matter whether that power is stimulated by a placebo effect or by skillful placement of needles.

As in the treatment outcomes of any type of medicine, when patients are involved in their own healing process, they do much better. As patients and consumers we have the freedom, and responsibility, to explore all the options for the treatment of our ailments.