stability, reducing cravings, for heightening morale, self-esteem, and self-confidence, and for boosting will power - all of which are vital for combating addictions. A woman receiving fire cupping in China. When the body's life-force energy becomes blocked, various emotional imbalances and physical symptoms also result. Pregnant women should consult their doctor before using acupressure. What is the difference between acupuncture and acupressure? You will use the thumbs to massage the pressure point. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” in the body. GB20 is located in the neck. 23 Clasp your hands, then open them while keeping your fingers laced. As healing energy flows through the meridians, it governs blood circulation and harmonizes all functions of the body. According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, the body has vital energy called “chi” or “qi” that flows along invisible lines of energy flow called meridians. Multiple times a day or even oriental medicine multiple times an hour. Examples of other Asian bodywork therapies are medical qi gong and Tina. What is the difference between acupuncture and acupressure? For … Access full post Acupuncture note 1 is a form of pseudo-science and alternative medicine 2 3 4 involving thin needles being inserted into the body. 5 It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine ACM. 6 ACM theory and practice are not based upon scientific knowledge, 7 and acupuncture is commonly described as without scientific basis. 3 4 There is a diverse range of acupuncture theories, involving different philosophies. 8 Techniques vary depending on the country. 9 The method used in ACM is likely the most widespread in the US. 2 It is most often used for pain relief, 10 11 though it is also used for a wide range of other conditions. 6 It is generally only used in combination with other forms of treatment. 12 The conclusions of many trials and numerous systematic reviews of acupuncture are largely inconsistent. 10 13 An overview of Cochran reviews found that acupuncture is not effective for a wide range of conditions, and they suggest it may be effective for only chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting, postoperative nausea/vomiting, and idiopathic headache. 13 An overview of high-quality Cochran reviews suggests that acupuncture may alleviate certain kinds of pain. 14 A systematic review of systematic reviews found little evidence of acupuncture's effectiveness in treating pain. 10 The evidence suggests that short-term treatment with acupuncture does not produce long-term benefits. 15 Some research results suggest acupuncture can alleviate pain, though the majority of research suggests that acupuncture's effects are mainly due to placebo . 9 A systematic review concluded that the analgesic effect of acupuncture seemed to lack clinical relevance and could not be clearly distinguished from bias. 16 Acupuncture is generally safe when done by an appropriately trained practitioner using clean needle technique and single-use needles. 17 18 When properly delivered, it has a low rate of mostly minor adverse effects . 5 17 Accidents and infections are associated with infractions of sterile technique or neglect of the practitioner. 18 A review stated that the reports of infection transmission increased significantly in the prior decade. 19 The most frequently reported adverse events were pneumothorax and infections. 10 Since serious adverse events continue to be reported, it is recommended that acupuncturists be trained sufficiently to reduce the risk. 10 A meta-analysis found that acupuncture for chronic low back pain was cost-effective as an adjunct to standard care, 20 while a systematic review found insufficient evidence for the cost-effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of chronic low back pain. 21 Scientific investigation has not found any histological or physiological evidence for traditional Chinese concepts such as qi, meridians, and acupuncture points, n 1 25 and many modern practitioners no longer support the existence of life force energy qi flowing through meridians, which was a major part of early belief systems. 8 26 27 Acupuncture is believed to have originated around 100 BC in China, around the time The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine Huangdi Beijing was published, 28 though some experts suggest it could have been practice earlier. 9 Over time, conflicting claims and belief systems emerged about the effect of lunar, celestial and earthly cycles, yin and yang energies, and a body's “rhythm” on the effectiveness of treatment. 29 Acupuncture grew and diminished in popularity in China repeatedly, depending on the country's political leaderShip and the favour of rationalism or Western medicine. 28 Acupuncture spread first to Korea in the 6th century AD, then to Japan through medical missionaries, 30 and then to Europe, starting with France. 28 In the 20th century, as it spread to the United States and Western countries, the spiritual elements of acupuncture that conflict with Western beliefs were abandoned in favour of tapping needles into nerves. 28 31 32 One type of acupuncture needle Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine. 2 It is commonly used for pain relief, 10 11 though it is also used to treat a wide range of conditions. 6 The majority of people who seek out acupuncture do so for musculoskeletal problems, including low back pain, shoulder stiffness, and knee pain. 33 Acupuncture is generally only used in combination with other forms of treatment. 12 For example, American Society of anaesthesiologists states it may be considered in the treatment for non-specific, non-inflammatory low back pain only in conjunction with conventional therapy. 34 Acupuncture is the insertion in the skin of thin needles. 5 According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research Mayo Clinic, a typical session entails lying still while approximately five to twenty needles are inserted; for the majority of cases, the needles will be left in place for ten to twenty minutes. 35 It can be associated with the application of heat, pressure, or laser light . 5 Classically, acupuncture is individualized and based on philosophy and intuition, and not on scientific research. 36 There is also a non-invasive therapy developed in early 20th century Japan using an elaborate set of “needles” for the treatment of children shōnishin or shōnihari. 37 38 Clinical practice varies depending on the country. 9 39 A comparison of the average number of patients treated per hour found significant differences between China 10 and the United States 1.2. 40 Chinese herbs are often used. 41 There is a diverse range of acupuncture approaches, involving different philosophies. 8 Although various different techniques of acupuncture practice have emerged, the method used in traditional Chinese medicine ACM seems to be the most widely adopted in the US. 2 Traditional acupuncture involves needle insertion, moxibustion, and cupping therapy, 17 and may be accompanied by other procedures such as feeling the pulse and other parts of the body and examining the tongue. 2 Traditional acupuncture involves the belief that a “life force” qi circulates within the body in lines called meridians. 42 The main methods practice in the UK are ACM and Western medical acupuncture. 43 The term Western medical acupuncture is used to indicate an adaptation of ACM-based acupuncture which focuses less on TCM. 42 44 The Western medical acupuncture approach involves using acupuncture after a medical diagnosis. 42 Limited research has compared the contrasting acupuncture systems used in various countries for determining different acupuncture points and thus there is no defined standard for acupuncture points. 45 In traditional acupuncture, the acupuncturist decides which points to treat by observing and questioning the patient to make a diagnosis according to the tradition used. Acupressure should be performed when you are relaxed, preferably in a private place. Find the depression at the base of your thumb where two tendons are. Acupressure is often called acupuncture without the needles. Evidence from the body suggests Otzi suffered from these conditions. 31 This has been cited as evidence that practices similar to acupuncture may have been practice elsewhere in Eurasia during the early Bronze Age ; 266 however, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine calls this theory “speculative”. 32 It is considered unlikely that acupuncture was practice before 2000 BC. 265 The Ötzi the Iceman's tattoo marks suggest to some experts that an acupuncture-like treatment was previously used in Europe 5 millennia ago. 9 Acupuncture may have been practice during the Neolithic era, near the end of the stone age, using sharpened stones called Brian shi . 30 :70 Many Chinese texts from later eras refer to sharp stones called “Olen”, which means “stone probe”, that may have been used for acupuncture purposes. 30 :70 The ancient Chinese medical text, Huangdi Beijing, indicates that sharp stones were believed at-the-time to cure illnesses at or near the body's surface, perhaps because of the short depth a stone could penetrate. 30 :71 However, it is more likely that stones were used for other medical purposes, such as puncturing a growth to drain its pus . 28 31 The Mawangdui texts, which are believed to be from the 2nd century BC, mention the use of pointed stones to open abscesses, and moxibustion, but not for acupuncture. 29 It is also speculated that these stones may have been used for blood-letting, due to the ancient Chinese belief that illnesses were caused by demons within the body that could be killed or released. 267 It is likely blood-letting was an antecedent to acupuncture. 31 According to historians Lu Gwei-djen and Joseph Needham, there is substantial evidence that acupuncture may have begun around 600 BC. 30 Some hieroglyphs and pictographs from that era suggests acupuncture and moxibustion were practice. 268 However, historians Gwei-djen and Needham said it was unlikely a needle could be made out of the materials available in China during this time period. 30 :71-72 It is possible Bronze was used for early acupuncture needles. 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Acupressure's healing touch reduces muscular tension, increases circulation, and enables deep relaxation. They vary in using different rhythms and pressures for stimulating the acupressure points, using not only the fingers, but also the hands, arms, legs and even feet. What Are Some of Common Acupressure Points to Learn? Find the depression at the base of your thumb where two tendons are.