What is acupuncture and how does acupuncture work?

Often wrongly spelled by many people as accupuncture,  acupuncture is one of the most effective traditional Chinese medicine treatments.  A practitioner use a very thin needle to penetrate your skin and stimulate the meridian or collateral points so as to bring up the healing power of your body itself.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, a human being is a like a channelled system interwoven into a sophisticated web net .    It includes 12 regular meridians (with Conception and Governor Meridians included) ,

Meridians are like the Interwoven highways and crossroads

Meridians are like the Interwoven highways and crossroads

8 special meridians, 15 collaterals, 12 divergent meridians, 12 muscles regions and 12 cutaneous regions.  Meridians are called “Jing Mai”,  and it refers to the main trunks or paths in a human body.    It runs longitudinally and are deep-level distributed through the body.   There are also 15 collaterals called “Luo Mai” in Chinese which help connect the 12 meridians.   There are 361 meridian points which are connected with different organs or tissues in the body.  In additions,  there a lot of special points that are out of the regular 14 meridians.  The complicated meridian web and points formed the basis of acupuncture practices.

Through the needle,  the meridian point is stimulated so as the Qi will flow,  which will lead blood to flow through.  If there is any pain or discomfort,  there will be stagnant Qi and blood around local meridian or the organs deeper inside.   Depending on the actual problem,  relative acupuncture points will be selected.


What is Acupressure?

Acupressure derives from the term acupuncture.   Closely related with another  ancient Chinese massage  therapy called TuiNa,  it is a holistic treatment that has been widely used in China for self-care at home.  By using fingers, hands , fists or elbows,  you can press the meridian points to stimulate the Qi flow through your body.  At the same time Qi will take blood with it so as to improve the vitality of the whole body and bring out its own healing power.


The difference between acupressure and acupuncture:

Both of them use the same meridian points and are based on the same profound Chinese medicine diagnose theories.  Acupuncture is done through thin needles which need to be precise on the meridian points,  acupressure doesn’t require you to pinpoint the meridian points,  and it’s more gentle comparatively.   To practice acupuncture,   a practitioner normally requires more systematic TCM diagnosis and treatment training and clinical practices to be able to do it well.   A lot of people find it harder to endure the special sensation of combined pain, tightness, numbness of acupuncture needle.   So acupressure might be a better choice for such people. Although the stimulation might not be as strong as the needle,  in most cases acupressure can be equally effective if you apply frequently and consistently.  Also, acupressure normally covers more than the acupuncture meridans  and related points,  such as hand , foot or ear reflexology.

Acupressure can be effective in the treatment of almost all health problems, with some sample diseases listed below:

  • Headaches including Migarine
  • Stomach issue including acid reflux
  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Disgestive disorder such as constipation
  • Common Cold and flu
  • Heart problem
  • Coughing and Asthma
  • Insomnia
  • And a lot of other health issues, to name a few

Of course, any treatment comes closely with TCM diagnosis.  Without right diagnosis, you either just treat superficial symptoms (which is called Biao in TCM), or you might even head towards the wrong direction.     It’s my goal to pass the diagnosis as well as corresponding treatment method to you so you can understand the true nature of the problem and heal yourself.

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