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Some of the best techniques for healing are quite ancient...

Take acupressure for example...

Did you know that thousands of years ago, acupressure was practiced in China during The Stone Age?

Did you also know that under the guidance of a professional acupressure practitioner you can even safely treat yourself of minor ailments?

Here are a couple acupressure tips you can try tonight:
  • Knock Out Muscle And Joint Pains: Press the fleshy part of your hand between your thumb and index finger. Hold this for about one minute, then repeat on the other hand.
  • Kill Lower Back Pain: Lie on your back with your feet elevated on a sofa or chair. Place two tennis balls under your lower back on both sides of your spine. Stay in this position for a minute or so depending upon your comfort level.
  • Beat Out Knee Pain: Put a tennis ball under your pillow, then place your leg over it so the ball is pushing into the crease behind your knee. Find the sensitive spot just below your kneecap and slightly to the outside of the shinbone. Press into it gently with your fingertips for about one minute.

Acupressure should be applied slowly and gently. Applying it too quickly or vigorously can do some damage, especially in the abdominal area.

When applied correctly, acupressure increases circulation, reduces tension and pain and enables the body to relax.
WEB MD has a very informative article on the subject of acupressure or PPT (pressure point therapy) which I found recently. I have an excerpt from it:

"Traditional Chinese medical theory describes special acupoints, or acupressure points, that lie along meridians, or channels, in your body. These are the same energy meridians and acupoints as those targeted with acupuncture. It is believed that through these invisible channels flows vital energy -- or a life force called qi (ch'i). It is also believed that these 12 major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian.

According to this theory, when one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure and acupuncture are among the types of TCM that are thought to help restore balance."

The full article can be found here. 

The Melbourne College Of Professional Therapists goes into even greater historical detail in their article "Chinese Medicine History-Acupressure" Here is an excerpt from their website:

"In the Sui and Tang dynasties (A.D. 581- 907), along with the development of medical theory and practice, new achievements were obtained in the field of massage therapy. As recorded in the New History of the Tang Dynasty"In the Imperial Bureau of Medicine there is one massage doctor and four massage masters in charge of Daoyin therapy (physical and breathing exercise combined with self-massage) and bone-setting. "

Various monographs and clinical reports on massage have been published. Nowadays, a number of countries have sent personnel to China to study Acupressure / Acupoint Massage. This ancient art of healing is becoming one of the necessary methods for preventing and treating diseases for all of mankind.

According to the Six Codes of the Tang Dynasty"Massage is used for treating the diseases caused by wind, cold, summer heat, damp, hunger, overeating, overstrain and excessive leisure." In the Song, Kin and Yuan dynasties (A.D. 908 ~ 1368) massage therapy was more widely used."

The complete article can be found here.

Acupressure augments the immune system and promotes overall health. It can be more effective than physical therapy for the majority of patients with low back pain.

If administered properly to the ear lobes, acupressure can be used to reduce stress and anxiety. Some patients have even reported a marked reduction in paranoia and anxiety and in preoperative care. Speaking of operations, acupressure has been used to reduce postoperative nausea and vomiting in patients as well.

In various tertiary care clinics and medical facilities utilizing alternative methods around the world it has been proven to curtail nausea symptoms in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Generally speaking, acupressure requires no special equipment to administer.
Acupressure techniques have been applied to treat over 40 common ailments like constipation, insomnia, hypertension, heartburn, toothaches, and so on. The list is immense. 

Although I am a proponent of alternative health treatments and techniques, I also want you to be aware of the chicanery present in some alternative methods. I have found a very informative article on some of the deceptive practices found in some alternative treatments, specifically in the subject of "Oriental" or Asian-based techniques. 

This article is being presented to provide you with a balanced view of this niche of alternative medicine. It is found here from Ultimately, you make the choice about your treatment methods.
You can learn to do acupressure at home to supplement traditional medical treatments. This can be very useful if you happen to get ill and are unable get to see a physician right away. In closing, I leave you with this video to help you get started using the acupressure method for self-treatment.

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