In the modern times people are going back to conventional methods of treatments. Most individuals choose to complement their mainstream treatment with alternative treatments or natural healing options.
Acupressure and Acupuncture are the most preferred alternative therapies that are used to relieve pain since many years. These therapies stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities.
Acupressure and acupuncture are both traditional Chinese practices. They both work on the same principle that symptoms or disease in the body is caused due to blockage or imbalance of energy in the body. These therapies help to restore the flow of energy to improve health and wellbeing.
Acupressure and Acupuncture consider the body as an energetic entity that is balanced by two different forces called the Yin and Yang. Good health depends upon the flow of energy called as Qi through pathways called meridians.
Expert practitioners balance the energy of yin and yang and the flow of qi to improve physical and mental health.
Acupressure and acupuncture are both alike hence most people get confused between the two therapies and use the terms interchangeably. It is important to know the difference between the two lines of treatment to avoid surprises.
Acupressure is an ancient healing therapy where fingers, elbow or various devices are used to massage or press key points located on the meridian which encourages the body’s self-healing ability. The pressure is applied gently and at a comfortable level.
The acupressurists stimulate the same area where you feel the pain or tension. This is called ‘local point’, that same point can release tension in another part of the body that is distant from the point but connected to a specific organ, this is known as ‘trigger point’. This mechanism also known as meridians connects points to each other and to different organs.
Just like blood vessels carry blood that nourishes the body the meridians circulate energy throughout the body.
According to NCCAM (National Centre for Complementary and Alternative medicine) Acupuncture is practiced since thousand years in China and Asia. They involve restoring the flow of energy by inserting tiny needles at various points along the meridian. Each point connects a specific organ or other part of the body. The needles are hair thin and if inserted correctly do not cause pain. These needles work to relieve pain and rarely cause it. When the points are stimulated they release muscles tension, increase blood circulation and enhance the body’s energy to support healing.
Acupressure is also known as ‘needleless acupuncture’. The two therapies are alike and work on similar principles.
The main difference between the two therapies is that the Acupuncturist stimulates the points to restore the flow of energy by inserting needles while the Acupressurist stimulate the same points using finger pressure or various devices.
The two therapies play an important role in maintaining physical and emotional health. However it is suggested that you should visit a registered practitioner to get the utmost result from the therapy.