Acupressure literally means pressing the body with a finger, thumb or a similar object and thereby being healthy and fit. Acupuncture is associated with acupressure . Acu means needle and puncture mean making a hole and acupuncture means pricking a particular sensitive point with a needle to cure disease or discomfort.
In the 16th century red Indians used a technique of removing body pain by pressing the lower feet. in 20th century some American researcher took a study on acupressure and since then many are now exploring acupressure as an alternative medicine. Acupressure is seen as an alternative to allopathic hard dose medicines
In Indian epics we find discussion on massage as a way to relive body pain even in china people have been following foot message. In Indian epic Mahabharata we find description of soldiers wearing ring in toes or tying it with a thread to relive body pain.
If you study the Indian mythological text then we will find the discussion of wearing jewellery. It sound strange but by wearing jewellery we actually put pressure on particular body part and which help us to be healthy. For example, women pierce their ears and wear earrings . This is response centre of sleeping problem and memory problems. Similarly, by wearing bangles women can avoid urine related complications. Toe ring helps good functioning of heart, nose and throat. Anklets help in controlling lymph glands.
Even in men we find they traditionally wear turban or cap which help to guard against sunlight. Janeu , ( a type thread, considered sacred in Indian culture) help in urine related problems and waist band control hernia.
Acupressure is a little advanced form of massage. It requires expertise. It involves giving pressure on feet, palm, face and other parts of body in different ways. Our body has different response centre reflexes and each are associated with different body parts. The expert discuses the problem with the person and then press the appropriate response centre reflex accordingly. By doing so our body develops an ability to fight against that disease or discomfort.
Benefits of acupressure –
- It makes our body active by infusing a kind of secret energy.
- It doesnot have any side effects and it is a natural way of treatment.
- It is not costly.
- It brings back the right balance of the body. It is effective in treating headache, migraine, sinus, cold and cough,asthma, diabetes, joint pains, backache and urine related problems.