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History and Origin of Acupressure Therapy

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Acupressure is a form of ancient Chinese therapy which is similar to acupuncture with the exception that needles are not used. In Japan it is also known by the name Shiatsu. It is a science that has been existing in different parts of the world for many y

Acupressure is a form of ancient Chinese therapy which is similar to acupuncture with the exception that needles are not used. In Japan it is also known by the name Shiatsu. It is a science that has been existing in different parts of the world for many years, but as of today, it exists mainly in asian countries like India, china, Japan, and Korea. Possibly the earliest evidence of use of the meridian system for health purposes has been found in Europe,

Acupressure has been practiced as a healing art for at least 5,000 years. It is the third most popular method for treating pain and illness in the world. This complete health system has been documented for use in treating over 3000 conditions.

In many ways it closely resembles Reflexology. Reflexology uses acupressure points located in hand & feet. But in acupressure all the acupoints around the body can be treated to get cure from ailments.

Acupressure is the only therapy, through which you can treat almost all the existing diseases in a natural way. It is quick & provides fast & permanent relief. Furthermore Acupressure has no side effects as the conventional medicines have.

Acupressure is used to relieve a variety of symptoms and pain. Acupressure involves placing physical pressure by hand, elbow, or with the aid of various devices on different acupuncture on the surface of the body. Acupressure is a system with many facets to it. It is useful in diagnosing illnesses as well as curing them. It is the third most popular method for treating pain and illness in the world. This complete health system has been documented for use in treating over 3000 conditions.

History of this healing art:

Since 5,000 years acupressure is being practiced as a healing art and is one the most popular methods for curing pain and illness across the globe. The history of acupuncture dates back between 2697 and 2596 B.C. during emperor Huang Ti’s reign. Till 17th century the western world was completely unaware of Chinese medicine and acupressure. The recent history of acupressure reveals that in 1970s World Health Organization after a series of research declared acupressure medicine highly effective in treating 40 major diseases.

Origin of acupressure therapy:

In early times when stones and arrows were used in war, many wounded soldiers began to report relief from long standing problems which suddenly vanished. It was first difficult to associate the link between being injured by a piercing object, and the restoration of health. Eventually it was concluded that certain illness could be cured by striking or piercing certain points. The earliest instruments of acupuncture or skin puncture were modified from arrows, stones, bones, bamboo slips and finally needles made of gold, silver and copper.

The goal of acupressure (as well as other Chinese Medicine treatments) is to encourage the movement of qi ("life energy") through the 14 channels (meridians) inside the body.  Any imbalance leads to illness. When there is illness there are blockages. In Chinese medicine it is believed that individuals can restore their own health emphasizes personal responsibility for one's health, unlike much of Western medicine.

Acupressure is practiced as a treatment by Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists, as well as by massage therapists. Most massage schools in American include acupressure techniques as part of their bodywork programs.

Acupressure should not be used as the only treatment for serious illness or chronic conditions but should, instead, be in addition to treatment by a licensed doctor.

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