Acupressure: Pressing the Body into Alignment
A popular form of energy medicine, acupressure has been used for thousands of years. Acupressure is often used to stimulate well-being and improve the body’s energetic balance. Acupressure utilizes the same principles as its counterpart acupuncture. The origins of acupressure are found in the Chinese medical text, Huang Di. Most forms of Chinese medicine incorporate some form of energy therapy in their healing techniques to wake up the body and allow for effective healing while promoting harmonious balance within the body. Chinese medicine makes a sharp distinction in differentiating itself from Western medicine with its focus on healing the root cause, instead of the symptom. Chinese medicine states that to heal oneself, the body’s chi must be healed. Traditional Chinese medicine denotes acupressure as being pressure applied along the body’s meridians. There are 12 major energy meridians along the body that connect the organs and systems. Meridians start at the fingertips and connect to the brain and then to a specific organ associated with that particular meridian. Acupressure is a type of soft pressure applied to areas of the body that contain blockage. The primary goal of acupressure is to stimulate the life force within the invisible field known as the aura.
The gentle aspects of acupressure allow the body to release chemicals. Many energy medicine practitioners often recommend this form of energy therapy for people who have diseases such as diabetes. When points that connect to specific meridians are pressed, chemicals are released in the body, which normalize the blood sugar levels in the diabetics without harm. Traditional Chinese medicine considers diabetes as a specific misalignment in the internal organs. Traditional Chinese medicine holds that diabetes is caused by an overeating of greasy foods, too much alcohol, anxiety or depression thereby affecting the liver meridian or a deficiency in kidney life force. Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes that there are three types of diabetes that include: upper-warmer depletion; middle-warmer depletion and lower-warmer depletion. Each is treated with different stimulation points in acupressure therapy.
The common points of acupressure therapy for diabetes and other diseases are the large intestine point, which is the soft web part between the thumb and forefinger; the liver point, which sits between the large and 2nd toe on either foot and the spleen point, which is three finger widths above the anklebone and is tender in touch. Energy therapists suggest pressing these points for a few minutes at least twice a day to ensure that the chemicals in the body are released to begin the alignment process.
Acupressure has been shown to provide many benefits to those suffering with diabetes when used in combination with Western medication. While diabetics understand that there is no definitive cure to the disease, acupressure can alleviate the effects that the disease has on the body. Acupressure has steadily gained prominence in Western culture as many take interest in the invisible energetic field that exists around the body and the intent of energy therapies to heal the problems and pains associated with diseases such as diabetes.
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