Healing Power Of Acupressure and Acupuncture
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This accessible, up-to-date resource guide leads you through the foundations and techniques of acupressure and acupuncture.
Acupressure and acupuncture can relieve painful conditions such as migraine headaches, lower back pain, joint disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, allergies, stress, nausea, heart problems, and many others. Today, most health-care plans cover these treatments, making them more popular than ever.
Filled with insights into the history of these two age-old therapies, The Healing Power of Acupressure and Acupuncture helps readers choose when to see a licensed therapist, and even provides information about doing certain treatments at home. Matthew D. Bauer delves deeply into the traditions and remarkable benefits of acupressure and acupuncture, explains the many benefits of both, describes techniques for self-treatment, and illustrates how Chinese healing can augment modern Western medicine.
all scales, yin/yang theory holds that while every individual thing is composed of such smaller pair opposites as top/bottom, left/ right, and front/back, everything must also be part of a larger yin/yang pairing. So every individual thing such as a fish must itself be part of a larger thing such as the ocean. The ocean itself is a part of the larger earth, the earth part of our solar system, and so on. This twist is also symbolized in the yin/yang symbol, in that it shows the seemingly opposite
medicine, just as the use of drugs combined with surgery constitutes the cornerstones of Western medicine. By also considering the use of Chinese herbs, we greatly expand our understanding of what Chinese medicine has to offer. In addition to learning about the strengths and weaknesses of acupuncture/acupressure and Chinese herbs, we should consider something about the training of those delivering those services. When Western medicine is first introduced into an emerging nation, natives
can be helpful in making decisions when choosing to pursue their services. The section on acupuncturists is divided into two parts, as the regulations regarding the practice of acupuncture are complex. ■ HOW TO FIND A QUALIFIED ■ ACUPUNCTURIST Since first bursting on the U.S. health care scene in the early 1970s, the practice of acupuncture has grown rapidly, spawning the birth of a new healing profession and finding its way into the practice of several already established fields of health
small depression on the bone between two small tendons on either side of your fingertip. Don’t try to reach up your forearm when you do this; just let the tip of your index finger lightly rest on the bone (see the illustration below). Lung 7 It may take a little probing before you find this depression. Once you find it, press in, either with the tip of your index finger or the tip of you thumb. Try to relax the hand you are pressing against. This point will not be as sensitive and easy to
then flow down the inner aspect of the arm and end at the fingers. A simple massage technique to encourage qi flow is to hold your arm in front of you with your palm facing downward and then, starting at the back of the hand, gently stroke your skin, moving up your arm, and continuing until you reach your shoulder. Next, turn your palm facing upward and then stroke down over your inner arm to your palm and fingertips. This should be done as one complete motion, taking just two to three seconds