Acupressure is a Chinese medicine practice that has been used for thousands of years to treat all types of ailments. Similar to acupuncture, acupressure focuses on applying pressure to acupoints: specific points on the body, along the meridians, that promote healing. It differs from acupuncture because there are no needles involved in the treatment. In an acupressure massage, the therapist applies pressure using his or her thumb, hand, or elbow to an acupoint with the purpose of unblocking any obstacles to the natural flow of energy— also called the qi, or chi—and correcting any imbalances, returning the body to a state of well-being.
The therapist may apply pressure to the “local point,” which is the part of the body experiencing pain, and to “trigger points,” which are parts of the body that are related to the point of pain. Acupressure can be used to heal many different types of pain. It has been shown to have following health benefits:
Acupressure has been proven to help in the treatment of nausea related to pregnancy, chemotherapy, and motion sickness. Because it is safe, it can be used on patients with compromised immune function and during pregnancy. The acupoints related to nausea work by relieving tension and increasing blood circulation. Acupoints for nausea and vomiting are located on the inner arm near the wrist. You can apply pressure to these point by yourself, or purchase a wristband designed to relieve nausea through pressure to the acupoint.
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