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An Overview of Acupressure or Pressure Point Therapy

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Acupressure points in the hands (From the book Acupressure by Dr Attar Singh)

Acupressure points in the hands (From the book Acupressure by Dr Attar Singh)

An Indian Therapy System

Acupressure is an evolved form of the ancient Indian deep massage therapy. Acupressure means treating the body by applying pressure on specific points called pressure points, located in the hands, feet, face, ears, legs, back, neck, and other parts of the body. Acupressure is suitable for everyone.

History

Contrary to popular belief, this practice was not brought to India from China and other countries. Rather, Chinese visitors to India returned home with Ayurveda texts and propagated the belief worldwide that acupressure was their gift to the world.

Ancient Indian texts mention acupressure exhaustively. It will be informative to add here that the centuries-old Indian tradition of wearing bangles, kadas (thick bangles), amulets, anklets, lockets, earrings, and nose rings, etc., was a form of simulated acupressure therapy in those times.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.

Principles of Acupressure

The two main principles of acupressure therapy are:

  • Emotions are an inseparable part of the physical body. Hence, acupressure considers both the physical and the emotional aspects of the body as a unit and treats accordingly.
  • All nerve endings of the various body systems and glands are mainly situated in the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.

In this therapy, the pressure is applied to specific pressure points related to the diseased organ or system located in the hands and feet primarily apart from other areas of the body. In this way, energy is sent to the affected body system or gland, ensuring freedom from disease.

The disease occurs due to mental and physical misuse by way of thought, action, and habit. Because of this, chemicals and toxins start collecting in and around the various affected organs and joints. This leads to the sub-optimal functioning of these organs and systems, the bones, muscles, and nerves. More disease in a body means a higher proportion of chemicals and toxins around the organs.

As soon as the affected organ stops working effectively, a blockage appears in the corresponding organs' pressure points and fine crystals of chemical compounds start collecting around the pressure point. The toxins around the organ impair blood flow.

When pressure is put on the affected pressure point, these collected crystals start to move and are destroyed. The blood flow is restored, leading to the health of that organ.

According to another theory, our body is made up of five elements which are controlled by electrical energy called bio-electricity or bio-energy.

According to this theory, the affected pressure point feels pain when pressed due to leakage of this bio-electricity outside the body. This causes malfunctioning of the related organ. When pressure is given on this point, the leakage of electricity stops and the bio-electricity starts flowing through the organ once again. The organ becomes healthy and starts functioning normally.

Acupressure points on the soles of the feet (from the Book Acupressure by Dr. Attar Singh)

Acupressure points on the soles of the feet (from the Book Acupressure by Dr. Attar Singh)

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Pressure points on the face -1 (from the book Acupressure by Dr Attar Singh)

Pressure points on the face -1 (from the book Acupressure by Dr Attar Singh)

Acupressure Points on the Face: Table 1

Point No.Disease, Organ, or Condition

1

Menstrual Troubles

2, 4, 8, 9, 13, 14

Catarrh, Sinus

3

Pelvic Troubles

5

Headache & Giddiness

6, 16

Severe Headache

7, 15

Sleep Disturbances & Paralysis

10

Menopausal Complaints

11

Throat, Cough, Dyspnea and Asthma

12

Toothache

Pressure points on the face -2 (from the book Acupressure by Dr Attar Singh)

Pressure points on the face -2 (from the book Acupressure by Dr Attar Singh)

Acupressure Points on the Face: Table 2

Point No.Disease, Organ, or Condition

1

Memory

2

Sciatica

3, 25

Gas

4

Liver Diseases

5

Blood Circulation

6, 24

Thyroid

7

Paralysis

8

Kidney Diseases

9, 14, 22

Constipation

10, 21

Intestinal Diseases

11

Diseases of the Pancreas

12, 13

Diseases of the Right Lung

15, 18

Erectile Dysfunction

16, 17

Diseases of the Stomach

19, 20

Diseases of the Left Lung

23

Diseases of the Kidneys

26

Diseases of the Spleen

27

Diseases of the Heart

28

Sciatica

29

Severe Headache

30

Diseases of the Reproductive System

31

Headaches

Pressure points on the face -3 (from the book Acupressure by Dr Attar Singh)

Pressure points on the face -3 (from the book Acupressure by Dr Attar Singh)

Acupressure Points on the Face: Table 3

Point No.Disease, Organ, or Condition

1

Piles, Urinary Bladder Diseases, Nocturnal Enuresis

2

Double Vision

3

Diseases of the Brain, Coryza, Insomnia

4, 20

Sciatica and Brain, Liver and Gall Bladder Diseases

5

Eye Diseases

6, 14, 15

Eye Diseases

7

Tinnitus

8, 10

Mental Tension and Paralysis

9, 17

Toothache

11

Blockage of the Nose and Runny Nose

12

Paralysis, Sneezing, Epilepsy, Unconsciousness

13, 16

Toothache, Mental Tension

18

High BP, Stiffness of Arm with Pain

22

Diseases of the Stomach, Eyes, and Feet

Pressure points on the ear (from the book Acupressure by Dr Attar Singh)

Pressure points on the ear (from the book Acupressure by Dr Attar Singh)

Acupressure Points on the Ear: Table 4

Point No. Disease, Organ, or Condition

1

Tonsils

2

Appendix

3

Heel

4

Knee Joint

5

High Blood Pressure

6

Asthma

7

Buttocks

8

Sciatica

9

Hip

10

Urinary Bladder

11

Ureters

12

Kidneys

13

Large Intestine

14

Colon / Rectum

15

Small Intestine

16

Stomach

17

Breathing

18, 19

Lungs

20

High Blood Pressure

21

Nostrils

22

Eyes

23

Eyes

24

Ovaries

25

Eyes

26

Internal Ear

27

Upper Jaw

28

Lower Jaw

29

Lungs

30

Testes

31

Asthma

32

Brain

33

Toothache

34

Liver

35

Spleen

36

Gall Bladder / Pancreas

37

Neck

38

Shoulder Joint

39

Shoulder

40

Stomache

41

Elbow

42

Knee

43

Buttock Joint

How to Perform Acupressure

  1. Acupressure can be applied by the thumbs, fingers, or wooden or plastic devices as per the needs and facility available.
  2. The applied pressure has to be medium in intensity. While doing this, if unbearable pain is experienced on any point, it must be understood that the organ related to the pressure point is diseased or affected.
  3. The pressure is applied by resting the thumb or finger on the pressure point and applying pressure in a clockwise circular motion.
  4. When pressure is applied on the points in the hands, feet or other parts of the body the collected toxins and chemical crystals start moving slowly from there and get mixed in the blood and are either removed through perspiration or by the kidneys. Hence, after acupressure is done it is important to apply pressure on points related to the kidneys for a minute or two.
  5. As these crystals start moving, the effect of the disease starts lessening and there is less pain when these points are subsequently pressed. If this routine is followed for some days, the disease will be cured with either no pain or very slight pain experienced on these points.
  6. One might experience extreme pain and even swelling on the affected pressure point initially when you start this therapy. Do not get disheartened or scared. This is normal. Hot fomentation with water to which salt has been added will relieve the swelling and pain.

Help for All Diseases

Acupressure is useful in all diseases. It is a side-effect-free therapy and can be incorporated with other treatment systems. Some important diseases which can be benefitted with this therapy are listed below.

  • WHO has accepted the importance of acupressure and acupuncture therapy in sciatica, cervical spondylitis, diseases of the spine, frozen shoulder, knee pain, bedwetting, stomach ulcers, constipation, headaches including migraine, abnormalities of the nervous system, gas, acidity, tonsillitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, ear, nose and throat infections, dental pain, paralysis etc.
  • Acupressure has an immediate effect on sudden heart pain and blockage in arteries.
  • In relieving stomach diseases, diabetes, and mental conditions.
  • This therapy, along with treating a disease, is also a tool for disease diagnosis, revealing which organs or glands are not working optimally if the pain is experienced when the pressure point is stimulated.

Sometimes, it so happens that laboratory tests do not reveal the causative factors of a disease. In such cases, acupressure can be exceptionally helpful in locating the disease's causative organs, glands, or systems.

Timing

Acupressure can be done anytime. If one is taking treatment for organs related to the digestive system (such as stomach, intestines, liver, kidney, gall bladder etc), then it is ideal to do acupressure either 2 to 3 hours before a meal or 2 to 3 hours after a meal.

It is best done before meals so the body can focus the energy on the treatment instead of digestion. However, it can be done one hour after drinking a glass of milk or eating some fruit.

Duration

Pressure can be put for a period of 30 seconds to 2 minutes on each pressure point. The health of a person determines this duration. Otherwise, a person can become unconscious.

Do not apply pressure to anyone point constantly but keep applying pressure to various points sequentially.

Do acupressure twice a day, morning and evening. In cases of pain, etc., it can be done 3 times a day.

Number of Pressure Points

According to Dr. Chu Lien there are 669 points while some others give the number as 1000.

In daily practice however, there are 100 points which are of importance.

Accupressure Tools

Some tools used to apply pressure on the pressure points are shown in the pictures below.

  • The finger roller is for pressure points along the sides of the fingers.
  • The foot mat is for pressing the points on the soles of the feet.
  • The rollerball is rotated in the hands.
  • The roller is for rolling on the legs or back.
  • The Jimmy is for points in hands and feet.
  • The foot roller to roll on the foot pressure points.

These tools help in case the thumb and fingers cannot be used to apply for giving pressure.

Acupressure Spots for Migraine

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Uday on June 13, 2018:

Sir I have an paralysis patient for 5 years. Is there any cure for me

M 25 years old.

M totally depressed

Hemiplegia paralysis

Victor on March 03, 2018:

hello sir, My mother is facing noises in the head. I am not sure if the problem is tinnitus. She used a hearing aid for a few months but not now. She describes the sounds as wind gushing sounds. The noises are there most of the time even if there are no external sounds. What can be done to resolve / minimize this problem. Thanks.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 05, 2016:

Mr Rajesh I reiterate that I do not believe the handwriting of 2 people could resemble so much and maintain that on these drawings it belongs to my son.

Incidentally these drawings and his handwriting are over the net if you do an image search. It's very easy to make the drawings from there as well.

Anyway, I'll leave it at that.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 05, 2016:

swati, you need to press the kidney points regularly on both hands and feet if possible giving medium pressure for a few minutes to start with and then increasing it to 10 -15 minutes maybe split in 2 sessions. Go slow and it will take time. Patience is needed.

Rajesh on February 04, 2016:

Sir you are absolutely right. These have been made from that book only. But the handwriting is of my daughter....there is no doubt in this. We were just curious to know how these images can reach there from her school. Anyways leave this.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 31, 2016:

Mr. Rajesh, all these drawings are drawn by my son Karan Jolly, from the book on Acupressure by Dr Attar Singh, which I have. The handwriting on the images is his as well.

Incidentally, this book was published in July 1999 much before your daughter drew them in her 12th class biology practical file in February 2015, as you say.

I'm sure, without the reference book at hand, drawing these would have been impossible for anyone.

The said book was published by Acupressure Health Centre, Chandigarh.

Rajesh Aggarwal on January 29, 2016:

Mr. Rajan, I appreciate acupressure knowledge provided here; that is very beneficial for almost all types of diseases. But, can i know from where you have got the above drawings. As these all have been made by my daughter, Tripti Aggarwal in her twelfth class biology practical file in february,2015. How these pictures can be uploaded without the concerned student's knowledge.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 15, 2015:

thanks baldev singh

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 28, 2015:

Thanks Anu.

Anu kaur on June 28, 2015:

You have written v useful information in this hub.

dr.sunny mehmi on March 30, 2015:

This is without medicine treatment therapy.Everyone should take this treatment because Acupressure therapy is good for them who do not want to take medicine to cure their diseases.

PRASHANNT GOYAL on March 10, 2015:

This is very informative and practical information. I am practicing Acupressure for about 3 years now and still got new information from this hub. Great work. please keep posting.

Sharon on November 08, 2014:

my mom is having kidney failure n is on dialysis can you please suggest a way of making her situation better since she does not pass urine at all

Upender on October 08, 2014:

Hi Rajan ,

I need your contact info in Jalandhar !!

bharat kalyan on September 21, 2014:

I am unable to walk stand etc .pl tell least expesive treatment and how can I l

amandeep kour on August 19, 2014:

Thanx alot for giving this wonderful information .

Harvinder singh on August 17, 2014:

SSA ji

My relative is a patient of kidney. He is taking steroids from last 26 years. We want to consult regarding his disease.

Thanks

NBo on August 15, 2014:

Is this technique effective with hair loss? If yes what points should I work on? Thank you

Suresh Pandharipande on July 05, 2014:

I had stroke on 5.9.12.After exercises,still I am unable to walk properly and my fingeres are not functional.How can I restore both inabilities.I stay in Pune.What is the source for least expensive treatment in Pune since I am retired.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 21, 2014:

Guptajje, good to know acupresuure has benefitted you. Thanks for your feedback.

Satish I have no idea about your query.

Satish on June 16, 2014:

Hello Rajan

Is there a solution to correct flat foot through acupressure. Please can you suggest someone who is an expert in Bangalore

regards

guptajee from Calcutta, India on May 27, 2014:

i have been benefitted with acupressure treatment and now working with poor people.....plz tell me what is the difference between acupressure and acupuncture treatment....also plz try to spread it 2 more people which has no dangerous side effects.....thanks a lot.....see u again.....

sridhar on May 16, 2014:

Hi,

My father is suffering from cervical spondlities

From last week. He got it early morning waking from bed. please suggest best points to get rid from it.

Reply,

anjuru@gmail.com

anil kumar sally on March 22, 2014:

sir i want to know regarding my wifes knee problem and pain in inner parts of the legs near knees any accupressure therapy.

charitha jayasinghe on December 24, 2013:

my dad admitted to hospital last Friday due to internal bleeding in the brain. how he is been recovering but left side (hand &leg) paralysis. the sugar level not drop below 250. doctors giving 10 mg of insulin. but steel sugar level remain 300-250. pls let me know the foot pressure points for drop this sugar level and paralyses.

sunil kumar on December 23, 2013:

my age is 59 years old but physical ok ,but mostly my disk is slip pl advise which point push or punch

vaishali on November 23, 2013:

i want to know pressure point for face pigmentaion

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 23, 2013:

Manoj, acupressure therapy is totally safe if the precautions mentioned here are taken care of.

manoj on September 21, 2013:

sir i had piles problem, and now i am having acupressure therapy for constipation and fatty liver problem. i want to know is there any side effect of this therapy in constipation and piles

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 14, 2013:

SSA Bikram Ji,

You can contact me through the hubpages contact point .Right now I'm in China visiting my daughter.

I'll be glad if I can be of any assistance.

Rajan.

Bikram on September 14, 2013:

SSA Rajan ji

Is it possible to contact you?

I need to discuss some issues which I can not post on web

Thanks in advance

Bikram

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 24, 2013:

Thanks Koustubh.

koustubh from Mangalore, India on July 23, 2013:

Great information

Thanks for sharing

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 28, 2013:

@Indian Chef-thanks for the read and sharing.

@vertulit-thanks for the visit.

Abdus Salam from Bangladesh on May 27, 2013:

This is absolutely high grade therapy. Very useful and informative hub. Thanks for sharing..

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 27, 2013:

Rajan Very Interesting topic. I have heard about it but never met someone who has actually been treated by this pathy. Great hub. Sharing and voting it up.

pradeep on May 22, 2013:

i am accupressure therepist. 09915111356

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 21, 2013:

Thanks gags, for the read and share.

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA from Kanpur, India on April 21, 2013:

Beautifully presented hub.

Voted up & shared.

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA from Kanpur, India on April 21, 2013:

Beautifully presented hub.

Voted up & shared.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2013:

@ Paul-your feedback is a shot in the arm for this hub. Thanks for this comment and also for visiting and passing this on.

@ Archa-I have done 2 hubs apart from this and would be putting up more as and when time permits. Thanks for reading.

Archa from India on April 08, 2013:

Thanks for sharing. It would be if you share some more details about the acupressure treatment for some deadly diseases.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on April 08, 2013:

rajan,

This is an awesome hub and once again I have learned a lot from you. Actually, I first became introduced to acupressure when I was living in Taiwan. Even with a novice like me practicing it on my wife, it seemed to be effective. I remember referring to a pressure point on the sole of the foot, and applying pressure there which helped my wife to pass gas and feel better. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and