September 16, 2009

Acupressure For Digestive System and To Improve Blood Flow

Posted in Category : Acupressure

Acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine, is a blend of acupuncture and pressure. It is a technique derived from acupuncture. In this method, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the hand, elbow or various other devices. The traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture theory predates use of the scientific method, and has been criticized based on scientific thinking. The existence of acupuncture points or meridians has no known anatomical or histological basis. However, those who practice acupuncture or acupressure perceive the method as useful in guiding evaluation and care of patients. Research in neuroimaging suggests that certain acupuncture points have distinct effects that may not be predictable anatomically.

The acupoints used in the treatment may or may not be in the same area of the body as the symptoms. This theory for the selection of such points and their effectiveness is that they work by stimulating the meridian system in order to bring about relief by rebalancing yin, yang, and chi, the body’s vital energy.

The human body has a number of key points which when pressed can stimulate the body’s natural healing and self-curative ability. Acupressure uses the thumb and fingers to press on these locations. The key points are sensitive to bioelectrical impulses in the body and conduct these impulses easily. Stimulating these points with pressure releases neurochemicals called endorphins, which help to relieve stress.

Acupressure can release muscular tension, promote blood circulation and circulation of the body’s chi. It also enables the body to relax deeply. By alleviating the body of stress, acupressure helps to strengthen the body’s resistance to disease and promotes wellness. Acupressure can be practiced by holding down or massaging the key points for 3 to 5 minutes or longer until there is a change in condition. It is however recommended that you seek advice from a professional in the field before attempting it.

The stomach 36 acupressure point is an excellent way to tackle weight issues. You can locate this point by going down about three and a half inches below the kneecap and around an inch towards the outside of the leg. In order to test if you have found the correct point, try bending your feet back and forth and you should be able to feel a muscle move beneath your finger. Applying pressure to this area for 60 seconds helps to improve blood flow and boost the digestive system, and also boost energy flow.