Benefits of Acupressure

By Katie Corbett

Acupressure is the practice of using pressure, usually applied with the fingers, to alleviate pain or discomfort by pressing on various points of the body. It might seem strange that I’m talking about this in a blog mostly about career books. This is why I bring it up.

“Acupressure’s Potent Points,” by Michael Reed Gach, provides step-by-step instructions to use acupressure to treat common ailments. From allergies to nausea, from headaches to cold and flu symptoms, the book provides ways to feel better. Some reasons I have grown to love this Asian medical technique are:

1. It is quick: The guide’s instructions are easy to follow and take only a few minutes.
2. No equipment is needed: I can use just my hands, so I don’t have to worry about having special tools with me.
3. The techniques can be applied anywhere: Whether I’m in my home or at the office, as long as I know what to do, I can use acupressure.
4. It doesn’t rely on medication: I’m definitely not opposed to taking medications when necessary, but there’s something so freeing about eliminating pain without putting chemicals and who knows what else into my body.
5. Acupressure can help in a variety of situations: I have mostly used it to assist with nausea, menstrual cramps and headaches; it’s amazing what else it can help with.

Here is a list of all the symptoms the book provides acupressure instruction to treat. If one or more of these are issues you face, pick up a copy of “Acupressure’s Potent Points” and follow the directions to start noticing improvements:

• Acne, Eczema, and Other Skin Problems
• Allergies
• Ankle and Foot Problems
• Anxiety and Nervousness
• Arthritis and Nonarticular Rheumatism
• Asthma and Breathing Difficulties
• Backache and Sciatica
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Colds and Flu
• Constipation
• Cramps and Spasms
• Depression and Emotional Balancing
• Diarrhea
• Earaches
• Eyestrain
• Fainting
• Hangovers
• Headaches and Migraines
• Hiccups
• Hot Flashes
• Immune System Boosting
• Impotency and Sexual Problems
• Insomnia
• Irritability, Frustration, and Dealing with Change
• Jaw Problems (TMJ Problems)
• Knee Pain
• Labor, Delivery, and Nursing
• Memory and Concentration
• Menstrual Tension, Cramps, and PMS
• Motion Sickness, Morning Sickness, and Nausea
• Neck Tension and Pain
• Nosebleeds
• Pain
• Pregnancy and Infertility
• Shoulder Tension
• Sinus Problems and Hay Fever
• Stomachaches, Indigestion, and Heartburn
• Swelling and Water Retention
• Toothaches
• Wrist Pain (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendonitis)

As you can see, there are many uses for acupressure. I hope you will give acupressure a try to see if it will work for you. Who knows? Something you thought you had no choice but to suffer through might be treatable with this amazing knowledge of your body and how it works.

Note: I am not a doctor, and any advice I give on this blog is not to be taken as medical advice. I’m merely providing information about a technique that I have found to be effective in dealing with common aches and pains. Consult your doctor to get advice from a medical professional.

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