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Holistic Treatment of the Day – Acupressure

Many people in holistic circles are familiar what is typically known as “acupuncture,” or the insertion and manipulation of needles in the body to relieve pain and help with an array of other mental and physical ailments. More recently, a practice known as “acupressure” has been gaining momentum in the holistic world and is a traditional Chinese remedy which acts as an alternative to acupuncture. It’s most notable difference from its counterpart is its lack of needle use in treatment.

Holistic Treatment of the Day – Acupressure

According to Eastern medicine, when a person’s “Qi (Chi)” is blocked, they can suffer from an array of ailments that may be better treated by attempting to restore a balance throughout the body. Acupressure is used to find points on the body and by applying pressure, restores energy flow that has been blocked or negatively affected. It is most similar to a traditional Japanese shiatsu massage because both focus on the use of specific pressure points in the body that when relaxed, can help a person’s overall health and well-being. The area of the body experiencing symptoms may not necessarily be the section that is treated. In acupressure, the body point that will be treated is determined by the traditional meridian system, which is the life energy path that allows the body’s Chi to flow. There are two main channels within the meridian system. The first is the jingmai, or the main meridian channels. The second is the luomai, or collateral vessels. Each of these channels includes other meridians and vessel systems. Each system is associated with various internal organs and regions of the body. Since the meridian network is based on the human body, the system corresponds to the body’s interconnected relationship between structure and organs.

How Can Acupressure Help?

Acupressure often works in tandem with traditional medicine. If someone suffers from severe allergies or sinus pressure headaches, they might consider pressing at the base of their nose of the top of each inner eyebrow. These techniques can help relieve pressure in the sinuses and forehead. Since acupressure is considered safe and effective, it’s an appealing method to pair with other medical treatment. There are no side effects, and it does not challenge other treatments or medications. All it takes is knowledge of the body’s pressure points and the ability to apply pressure to certain areas. For example, a headache might be relieved by pressing the section of your palm between the thumb and index finger on the left hand with the index finger and thumb of the right. Chinese remedies can be helpful in the recovery process because they provide a complementary alternative to traditional medicines, or they can be used in tandem with other recovery techniques. When pressure is applied properly on certain areas of the body, it can decrease urges, ease pain, or calm the stress of withdrawal. As a holistic rehab center, The Ranch PA focuses on the recovery from drug and alcohol abuse as well as creating a stronger, healthier mind and body in the process. Other holistic techniques include massage, yoga, fitness and a balanced diet. Acupressure is another tool to create a calm mind and body, and it may be able to help loved ones maintain their strength as they continue in their recovery process. By implementing these practices while a person is battling their drug and alcohol addiction, they are able to better respond to the stresses associated with addiction. Through these techniques, as well as traditional ones, they gain strength and clarity in their recovery process. (photo via)

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