Acupressure [ from Latin acus “needle” + pressure ] is an alternative method of medicine similar to acupuncture in principle. It is based on the concept of life energy that flows into the body through “meridians.” Pressure points are thought to be highly sensitive parts of the body in acupressure. Some people believe that pressure can help relieve pain, balance and improve health throughout the body by applying pressure to our body’s pressure points.
Various methods can be used to stimulate an acupoint. Acupuncture and acupressure are both ways of stimulating acupoints. In comparison, acupuncture uses a hair-thin needle to stimulate acupuncture where a firm pressure is used to massage the acupoints.
Practitioners of acupressure use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet or special devices to put pressure on the meridians of the body. Acupressure sometimes includes stretching or acupressure massage and other methods. The practitioner gently presses your body on points of acupressure.
In addition to relieving nausea immediately after chemotherapy, individual reports indicate that acupressure also helps reduce stress, improve energy levels, relieve pain and reduce other cancer symptoms or treatment.
At least 14 meridians are thought to connect our organs to other parts of the body. On these meridians lie acupuncture and acupressure points. This is why a practitioner can apply pressure to relieve a headache at an acupressure point on the foot.