Some Useful Hints

  1. Diseases for which Acupressure is more effective: Mal-functioning of organs of the body is generally the cause of diseases. This therapy can help to improve the functioning of various organs hence is useful in most of the diseases. But quick relief or cure has been observed through this therapy in some specific diseases like problems related to;
    • The Spinal cord e.g. neck and shoulder pains, slipped disc, sciatica pain, difficulty in the movement of hands and feet and a sense of numbness in them.
    • Respiratory system, e.g. asthma, short breath etc.
    • Female diseases e.g. scanty or frequent urination, prostate etc.
    • Pains of various types e.g. headache, back and waist pains, calf pain etc.
  2. Age Limit for Patient: Patient of any age-group, from infants of a few weeks to aged person can be helped with this treatment, but with certain precautions. Infants and aged or weak person should be treated with a light pressure and for a shorter duration at a time. It can be repeated at appropriate intervals. Infants show quicker results.
  3. When is the treatment not advisable : Generally, ladies should not be treated during M.C. period and pregnancy. But experienced therapist may treat them during the earlier months of pregnancy leaving out the points or reflexes related to the sex organs e.g. uterus ovary or fallopian tube.

    In cases of patients with cracked or fractured bones, or having skin diseases like eczema or other physical injuries on the body, treatment can be given on the adjoining areas of the body, but not directly over such affected areas.

  4. Method of Treatment  Therapist must cut and shorten the nails of his fingers so that they do not touch the patient's skin while applying pressure. Support with other hand or fingers should be given on the reverse side of the area over which pressure s being applied, so that there is no unwanted movement of the patient's foot.

    Pressure for a longer time over a single point should be avoided. Degree of pressure should be such that the patient can bear it pleasantly, without a feeling of torture due to excessive pressure.

    Excessive deep pressure over a point creates an anesthetic effect. If your last tooth on right side is paining and if you apply deep pressure for about a minute over the tip of your last small finger of right hand you will fell anesthetic relief in your toothache temporarily. But this is not cure. Medium pressure stimulates the organ, while hard pressure sedates.

    Delicate nerve endings and blood-carrying capillaries just below the skin get damaged or burst due to excessive pressure producing dark spots on the skin.

    Both the feet should be treated even though the problem may be on one side of the body only. Particularly for Sciatica pain, complete cure will not be possible unless both the feet are treated.

  5. To The Therapist : If you believe that excessive, hard pressure will produce better results and treat you patient that way, you will do more harm than good to the patient. Sometime, you may even get involved in legal complications. Above all, you will bring a bad name to this very useful therapy.

    Never entertain the misunderstanding that you have become a very efficient doctor. This therapy in itself is such that even if a layman understanding nothing about it, uses this pressure technique over the patient's feet, he will be able to give some relief to the patient.

    During the treatment, the patient will ask you a number of questions regarding his illness. While replying, never commit the mistake of making a specific diagnosis. In the body, many organs are located one above the other. Reflex point for all of them will be the same areas on foot. If pain is felt by pressing that point, you cannot exactly say which of those organs is affected. Your faulty decision in such a situation will unnecessarily add to the patient's worries. Therefore, even foreign experts in their writings have advised the therapists not to make any diagnosis before the patient.

  6. To the Patient: You are approaching the therapist expecting to get relief by his treatment. If he is a service minded person, giving a free treatment, naturally you may experience a felling of obligation. But remember, you rightly expect a relief and not torture. The treatment is expected to produce a feeling of general relaxation, mixed with a little pleasant pain at the point under treatment. But, if you experience a feeling of torture and extreme pain due to hard pressure applied by the therapist, request him to reduce it. If he does not agree to it, politely leave him and find out some other therapist, who cares more for your comforts.


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