Students.rom.any.ountries.tilize.cupuncture.harts.y.ichael Reed Bach. Through a variety of acupressure methods ranging from light touch, tapping, to simply holding the points, the body's life energy is able to flow and rebalance. Instead, they attribute any results to other factors, such as reduced muscle tension, improved circulation, or stimulation of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers. Acupressure is believed to cause deep relaxation and a decrease in muscle tension. 5 Many doctors, practitioners, and advocates of holistic health believe that acupressure has positive and healing effects on the body. 6 UCL has a enter for East-West Medicine that studies the scientific basis of acupressure. Try to cut out outside distractions and stress. Lung 7 LU7, also called Lieque, is used for head and neck pain, sore throat, toothache, asthma, coughing, and overall immune health. Acupressure can help balance these symptoms. The foot roller also “krupa chakra” is a round, cylindrical roller with protuberances. If you want to learn … Access full post by Michael Reed Bach, Ph.D. Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Acupuncture became the most popular alternative medicine in the US. 258 Politicians from the Chinese Communist Party said acupuncture was superstitious and conflicted with the party's commitment to science. 277 Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong later reversed this position, 277 arguing that the practice was based on scientific principles. 278 In 1971, a New York Times reporter published an article on his acupuncture experiences in China, which led to more investigation of and support for acupuncture. 28 The US President Richard Nixon visited China in 1972 . 279 During one part of the visit, the delegation was shown a patient undergoing major surgery while fully awake, ostensibly receiving acupuncture rather than anaesthesia . 279 Later it was found that the patients selected for the surgery had both a high pain tolerance and received heavy indoctrination before the operation; these demonstration cases were also frequently receiving morphine surreptitiously through an intravenous drip that observers were told contained only fluids and nutrients. 279 One patient receiving open heart surgery while awake was ultimately found to have received a combination of three powerful sedatives as well as large injections of a local aesthetic into the wound. 58 After the National Institute of Health expressed support for acupuncture for a limited number of conditions, adoption in the US grew further. 28 In 1972 the first legal acupuncture canter in the US was established in Washington DC 280 and in 1973 the American Internal Revenue Service allowed acupuncture to be deducted as a medical expense. 281 In 2006, a BBC documentary Alternative Medicine filmed a patient undergoing open heart surgery allegedly under acupuncture-induced anaesthesia. The Chinese call healing energy Qi or Chi. In acupressure physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points by the hand, elbow, or with various devices. Gallbladder 21 GB21, also called Jan Jung, is commonly used to treat pain, neck stiffness, shoulder tension, and headaches. These programs include study of anatomy and physiology, acupressure points and meridians, technique and protocol, and Chinese medicine theory, . The Chen Jiu Jim Fi Jung, which was published in the mid-3rd century, became the oldest acupuncture book that is still in existence in the modern era. 30 Other books like the Cu Kuei Chen Chang, written by the Director of Medical Services for China, were also influential during this period, but were not preserved. 30 In the mid 7th century, Sun simian published acupuncture-related diagrams and charts that established standardized methods for finding acupuncture sites on people of different sizes and categorized acupuncture sites in a set of modules. 30 Acupuncture became more established in China as improvements in paper led to the publication of more acupuncture books. Other objects you can use are an avocado pit or a golf ball. Liver 3 LV3, also called Ta Chang, is recommended for stress, lower back pain, high blood pressure, menstrual cramps, limb pain, insomnia, and anxiety. 26 It is located in the soft flesh between your big and second toes. 27 Find the point by going two fingers lengths above where the skin of your big toe and second toe join. Even if they could agree, the ACM theories are so nebulous that no amount of scientific study will enable ACM to offer rational care.” 7 Some modern practitioners support the use of acupuncture to treat pain, but have abandoned the use of qi, meridians, yin, yang and other energies based in mysticism, as explanatory frameworks. 8 26 27 The use of qi as an explanatory framework has been decreasing in China, even as it becomes more prominent during discussions of acupuncture in the US. 255 Academic discussions of acupuncture still make reference to pseudo-scientific concepts such as qi and meridians despite the lack of scientific evidence. 255 Many within the scientific community consider attempts to rationalize acupuncture in science to be quackery, pseudo-science and “theatrical placebo”. 256 Academics Massimo Pigliucci and marten Boudry describe it as a “borderlands science” lying between science and pseudo-science. 257 Many acupuncturists attribute pain relief to the release of endorphins when needles penetrate, but no longer support the idea that acupuncture can affect a disease. 27 255 It is a generally held belief within the acupuncture community that acupuncture points and meridians structures are special conduits for electrical signals but no research has established any consistent anatomical structure or function for either acupuncture points or meridians. n 1 25 Human tests to determine whether electrical continuity was significantly different near meridians than other places in the body have been inconclusive. 25 Some studies suggest acupuncture causes a series of events within the central nervous system, 258 and that it is possible to inhibit acupuncture's analgesic effects with the opioid antagonist naloxone . 259 Mechanical deformation of the skin by acupuncture needles appears to result in the release of adenosine . 2 The anti-nociceptive effect of acupuncture may be mediated by the adenosine A1 receptor . 260 A 2014 Nature Reviews Cancer review article found that since the key mouse studies that suggested acupuncture relieves pain via the local release of adenosine, which then triggered close-by A1 receptors “caused more tissue damage and inflammation relative to the size of the animal in mice than in humans, such studies unnecessarily muddled a finding that local inflammation can result in the local release of adenosine with analgesic effect.” 78 It has been proposed that acupuncture's effects in gastrointestinal disorders may relate to its effects on the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system, which have been said to be the “Western medicine” equivalent of “yin and yang”. 261 Another mechanism whereby acupuncture may be effective for gastrointestinal dysfunction involves the promotion of gastric peristalsis in subjects with low initial gastric motility, and suppressing peristalsis in subjects with active initial motility. 262 Acupuncture has also been found to exert anti-inflammatory effects, which may be mediated by the activation of the vague nerve and deactivation of inflammatory macrophages . 263 Neuroimaging studies suggest that acupuncture stimulation results in deactivation of the limbic brain areas and the default mode network . 264 Acupuncture chart from the Ming dynasty c. 1368–1644 Acupuncture, along with moxibustion, is one of the oldest practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 30 Most historians believe the practice began in China, though there are some conflicting narratives on when it originated. 28 31 Academics David Ramey and Paul quell said the exact date acupuncture was founded depends on the extent dating of ancient texts can be trusted and the interpretation of what constitutes acupuncture. 265 According to an article in Rheumatology, the first documentation of an “organized system of diagnosis and treatment” for acupuncture was in The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine Huangdi Beijing from about 100 BC. 28 Gold and silver needles found in the tomb of Li Cheng from around 100 BC are believed to be the earliest archaeological evidence of acupuncture, though it is unclear if that was their purpose. 265 According to Dr.
Acupressure.s just one of a number of Asian bodywork therapies abet with roots in traditional Chinese medicine ACM. Using the power and sensitivity of the hand, Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care for boosting the immune system . For instance, the point underneath the base of the skull called the Gates of Consciousness can be used in Martial Arts to paralyse the body, and block energy to the brain. There are thoughts to be at least 14 meridians connecting our organs with other parts of our body. The spine roller is a bumpy roller containing magnets that is rolled up and down the spine. In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue.