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"Healing is a matter of time
but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity."

Acupressure and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical procedure involving insertion and manipulation of needles at more than 360 points in the human body.


Acupuncture needles dating from 4,000 years ago have been found in China. The first needles were made of stone; later, bronze, gold, or silver were used, and, today, needles are usually made of steel.Initially, needles were used only to prick boils and ulcers. Acupuncture was developed in response to the theory that there are special "meridian points" (energy pathways allocated along the body) connected to the internal organs, and that "vital energy" flows along the meridian lines.
According to this theory, diseases are caused by interrupted energy flow, and inserting and twirling needles restores normal flow once again.
In 1979, the World Health Organization listed some 40 diseases that could be successfully treated with acupuncture, including breathing difficulties, digestive problems, disorders of the nervous system and painful menstruation.

Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine bodywork technique based on the same ideas as acupuncture. It involves placing physical pressure, by hand, elbow, or with the aid of various devices, on different pressure points on the surface of the body to bring relief.
Stimulation of the body’s meridian system by touch is perhaps one of the oldest healing systems, and many other therapies use Acupressure techniques including Shen Tao, Jin Shen, Do Jin Shen, Qigong, Shiatsu and Tuina. Relief is achieved by creating balance and metabolic energies in the body. Balancing out the vital energy, referred to as ‘qi’ is important in releasing toxins, promoting health and restoring the overall balance of the system.
The first formally recognized mention of 'qi' is in the Chinese writings of the Shang dynasty oracle bones which were produced between the 16th to 11th century B.C.(Possibly the earliest evidence of use of the meridian system for health purposes has been found in Europe).

Acupressure can help with the following:

  1. Relieve stress and tension
  2. Relax mind and body
  3. Increase blood circulation
  4. Aid in the removal of toxic wastes
  5. Provide relief from head, neck and shoulderaches
  6. Promote the healing of injuries
  7. Increase energy levels
  8. Increase overall feeling of well-being
  9. Decreasing labor pains

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