Acupressure :: Alternative medicine – Acupressure
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese treatment based on the fact that chi, or vital energy, circulates in the body along energy pathways, or meridians, linked to different organ systems. Finger pressure is used on acupoints to stimulate and rebalance energy, and to treat ailments such as tension, menstrual cramps, and arthritis.
Acupressure is a form of acupuncture in which fingers and thumbs rather than needles are used to press chi points on the surface of the body. Acupressure relives muscular tension, which enables more blood–and therefore more oxygen and nutrients–to be carried to tissue throughout the body. This helps promote physical calmness and mental alertness, and aids in healing by removing waste products. Many researchers now believe that, like acupuncture, acupressure triggers the release of endorphins, the neurochemicals that relieve pain.