The biggest difference between acupressure vs. acupuncture is that the art of acupuncture involves the use of extremely thin, long needles that are inserted between the skin and the muscle of the various pressure points. Acupressure does not involve the breaking of the skin, but instead relies on pressure applied by the fingers, hands, and elbows.
In acupuncture, the patient needs to get undressed prior to treatment, while acupressure can be performed on a dressed person. Both forms of treatment are based on touching and locating the "chi" or energy that flows through the meridians of the body. Acupressure has been used longer than acupuncture.
Acupressure for Weight Loss
The popularity of using acupressure for weight loss has increased dramatically in the last few years because it works. Acupressure for weight loss centers on controlling the appetite, increasing metabolism, and improving the digestion process. Acupressure is also used to reduce the depression often found in overweight people and to provide them with more energy. Acupressure therapists believe that negative energy, such as depression or stress, acts badly on the body causing the appetite to increase and the metabolism to slow. By massaging the pressure points associated with weight loss on the body, a dieter is more likely to feel energized and healthy and is more likely to follow a healthy diet and lose weight.
Acupressure for the Sinus Pain Relief
The cold virus thrives in your mucous membranes. When you are stressed, run-down, or tired, your body weakens, making your mucous membranes the perfect breeding ground for a cold. Sinus pain and pressure are a sign your body is attempting to defend itself against the virus. Your body produces more mucous in an effort to flush the virus from your body. Acupressure for the sinus pain relief
works the pressure points responsible for the production of mucous. It also works on raising your body's resistance to future viruses and stimulates your body into expelling the current virus more rapidly.
Acupressure for Nausea Relief
Acupressure for nausea is not just used when you have an upset stomach. People use acupressure for nausea relief when they have to fly on airplanes, go out on a boat, for stomach illnesses, and yes, even for hangover relief. There are pressure points on the wrist that work to control feelings of nausea. These points control the stomach and the acid production within the stomach. They also work to control the balance within the inner ear which can lead to nausea when flying or when taking long car trips. Acupressure for nausea relief can be done by you and in fact, this is one of the first acupressure points I teach my patients. It can also provide relief for people suffering from Tinnitus
Acupressure for Relief of Headaches and Migraines
Acupressure for relief of headaches and migraines works because it eases muscle tension and releases endorphin's necessary to fight off headaches. It gets rid of the stress and toxins that can lead to stress, migraine, or tension headaches. Researchers have found that acupressure works better on headache relief than most OTC medications. Acupressure for relief of headaches and migraines is another form of acupressure that can be self-done. It is available whenever needed and there are no side effects. Pressure points on the scalp, temples, neck, back of head, and base of skull are firmly massaged until relief from the headache is attained. I would be happy to show you some techniques you can use at home, when you are experiencing discomfort.
The acupressure mat works by applying acupressure to points over the body. The mats contain inflexible "spines" that stimulate the body into producing endorphin's, which act as natural pain killers, and Oxycontin, the body's own "good-feeling" hormone. These endorphin's and Oxycontin hormones battle the production of cortisol within the body. Cortisol is the stress hormone that is released by the body. Cortisol is also the hormone that slows down the body's immune response and stores fat within the body.