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Acupressure: Acupuncture at your fingertips

Acupuncture involves stimulating certain points on the body to achieve a beneficial effect and it is considered useful to complement conventional treatments. However, for those who are afraid of needles, this type of therapy may not be a good alternative, but the good news is that you can achieve similar effects with acupressure.

Acupressure was born in prehistoric times, and since then has offered relief to many ailments, for example by improving blood circulation and immunity, optimising the body's ability to get well and combating stress.

In China it is known as Sat na, meaning "needle in the finger". It later spread throughout Japan, with the name of Shiatsu and finally became popular in Vietnam and Korea.

Benefits of acupressure

Its application is based on the 12 meridians of acupuncture. These are: Lungs, large intestine, spleen, stomach, pericardium, small intestine, bladder, heart, triple burner, kidney, gallbladder and liver.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating these points can have an effect on the organs that are related and influenced by that point, so if there is an associated medical condition, it can be treated by stimulating the right point in the body.

There are many benefits to Acupressure:

  • It relieves stress and helps us to relax
  • Relaxes muscles and combats various types of aches and pains
  • Improves self-esteem
  • May be useful as an adjunct in the treatment of depression
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Fights insomnia
  • Provides relief without taking medication


It is applied to the desired point in the body, giving a micro massage in that area with the fingertips, running movements to the left and right. The treated person usually experiences relaxation and relief, however, it is important to note that although it may be useful or provide relief, acupressure should not be used as an alternative to traditional treatment for serious illnesses. In some case, it may be necessary to resort to herbal medicine, acupuncture or Chi Kung (Qi Goung), which provide complimentary effects to those of acupressure.


You can do it yourself by carrying out the following exercises, for which it is advisable to choose a quiet place where you can relax.

Against Nausea and dizziness: Place your thumb about 5 inches away from the inside of your wrist arm tendons located in the middle and press these firmly for about a minute. Repeat this as many times as you like during the day to get relief.

For headache: Locate the fleshy area between you thumb and forefinger, and apply pressure with one of your fingers, relax your neck and breathe, perform five repetitions and rest.

Another exercise that can help you is to apply a circular massage with your index and ring fingers on the cervical vertebrae between the neck and back, which ascends and finally arrives at the root of the scalp. Repeat this exercise 3 times every 6 hours until relieved.


Acupressure is suitable for most people, however, is not recommended in some areas such as the armpit and on the side of the chest around the breasts, among others.

It is not recommended for people who are weak, elderly or young children.

It should also be considered that in the case of pregnant women, the case for therapy and acupressure massage must be evaluated by the doctor. If authorised, it should be done carefully and by a professional.

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7 Reviews about Acupressure: Acupuncture at your fingertips
on 15/02/2016
I was not aware that this therapy existed so thank you for providing a useful and interesting article! Acupuncture is so overwhelmingly popular in the world, but I assume this therapy has just as many positive results and perhaps is a little less expensive?
I was once shown the trick with the skin between the thumb & forefinger for alleviating headaches, and it works very well!

on 17/07/2014
How interesting!! acupressure. It must follow along the same philosophy lines as acupuncture... this sounds so cool. I had never heard of acupressure before, although I have had some pretty amazing massages with surprisingly wonderful results. Thanks for the article!
on 14/06/2014
Thanks for the information. I never heard about acupressure. But I think it?s a very good alternative for people who are afraid of needles.
I tried acupuncture some years ago because I had terrible headaches and got twitches all over my body. I was fed up with them. Neurologists prescribed me a lot of pills, but I didn?t want to take them, so I tried acupuncture. When I was told about it, I got really scared. However, I was convinced and I went to a Chinese doctor. The first time, it hurt a bit but after some sessions, I didn?t feel anything and I saw good results. Now I?ll try acupressure.

on 28/01/2014
I have a question, my uncle is 60 years old, is he still good for this activity? because I have offered him to look up for a doctor that can apply this technique in his body, but I am not sure if this is the right option so if you could tell me this, that would be awesome, i will be waiting for your answer
on 05/01/2014
THis technique seems amazing and perfect for the people with fears, thanks for giving me this idea, maybe it would be perfect for my girlfriend and her pain in the muscle, I will find a center that offers this service and then after the procedure I will tell you the results and share the experience ok? so see you later
on 27/12/2013
I am very afraid of the needles so I have never taken into consideration the option of the acupuncture, because I am very scared of them, then probably I couldn't take the treatment in the first place, so this new option that has the same results ans is less "invasive" sounds pretty good option for people like me! thanks!
on 30/12/2013
If you are opting for this option, you are in the right site because I have tried it for myself and I got very good results to heal my pain in the back, and without the need of needles, which are pretty scary for many people like you, so this alternative is perfect to suit you

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