When it comes to using acupressure for healing and well-being, it is important to understand the right technique and find the right balance. Acupressure is an ancient healing art that has been used for thousands of years in China, and is based on the same principles as acupuncture. It involves applying pressure to specific points on the body's meridians, which can help release muscle tension, promote blood circulation, and relieve many of the common side effects of chemotherapy. Sometimes called pressure acupuncture, acupressure can be done with fingers, palms, elbows, or feet, or with special devices.
For example, GV 20 (Ruling Vessel 20 or “One Hundred Convergences”) is a pressure point on the top of the head that can be used to lower blood pressure, treat dizziness, or just to feel more rested. On the inside of the foot, between the medial ankle bone and the Achilles tendon, you will find a potential acupressure point that can be used in conjunction with tinnitus and dizziness. When applying pressure to these points, it is important to do so gradually. This allows the tissues to respond and promote healing.
You can massage or press this point to lower blood pressure, treat dizziness, or just to feel more rested. In some cases, you will find small depressions or thickening of the skin at the point where your individual acupressure point is located, which can serve as an additional aid in your search for the right acupressure point. People can try acupressure on their own or use the services of a licensed professional who has studied pressure points and understands how they work. While acupressure may help some people with anxiety, researchers have thoroughly tested many other interventions.
There are practically no side effects from applying pressure to these areas, except for temporary localized pain. In addition to using acupressure for healing and well-being, it can also be used to help lower blood pressure. In the United States alone, one in 3 people has high blood pressure (32% of adults) and only 54% of them have their problem under control. Knowing at least a few quick fixes such as acupressure points can help raise your head unexpectedly and lower your blood pressure. It is important to remember that there is limited research to support the use of pressure points to help a person heal.
However, if you are interested in trying acupressure for yourself or with a professional practitioner, it is important to apply and release finger pressure gradually and pay attention to how it feels best for you personally.