A new kind of pain treatment is sweeping the internet. Well it’s not
so new and it has been around for thousands of years. Acupressure is
said to relief any kind of pain by simply pressing the points on your
palm. It’s free, non-invasive and seemingly effective. But is it too
good to be true?
You will need to travel 5,000 years back in history to find where
acupressure began in ancient China. It’s no accident that our human
instinct is to put pressure where there is pain. Similarly, that is how
acupressure was born. People discovered that pressing certain points on
your body would not only alleviate the pain within that region but
affected other areas in your body as well.
It has been said that early in Chinese history, some soldiers who
were wounded by arrows or stones reported many life-long symptoms of
disease simply vanish. Physicians couldn’t make a logical connection
between the new trauma and the recovery of their health.
Through many years of trial and error, people have found ways to
relieve their pain through pressing certain points on their body which
are directly connected to other areas. Many people even today turn to
acupressure and acupuncture for pain relief as an alternative to
dangerous pain medications with long list of side effects. After all,
pain killers are one of the top causes of drug addiction.
While there are many studies done which point to acupressure’s
possible effects, there are just as many that point to lack thereof.
Overall, there seems to be a consensus that even if it’s people tricking
themselves into thinking that the pain is gone (placebo effect) it
still relieves pain for people. Even so, it is hard to dismiss something
that has been around for over 5,000 years and is so hard to study.
However, understanding how our body functions and how every tiny part
of your body is interconnected together to form an incredible machine,
it’s not hard to see how it could actually work. Think about when you
are going to the gym. When lifting weights, you cause microscopic tears
within your in the tissues and fibers of your muscles. With proper rest
and diet, this results in your body growing bigger and stronger. Seems a
bit backwards, but it is almost like pressing an area that is in pain,
Also, since pain killers are so addicting, they sell very well. How
well? By 2017, it is said to be a $8.4 billion market. It is not hard to
see, why this industry would want to keep people using pain killers and
other medicine, instead of preventive care (changing their diets and
lifestyle) or applying natural massages. Pain killers are also a
terrible solution because they work by blocking pain receptors within
your body. Which sounds almost good, but the fact is, they block ALL
your pain receptors and not the specific one you need. Not to mention
that you have to keep taking these repeatedly (with tons of potential
side effects), until the body heals on its own naturally. This, and
adding the fact that 44 people die every single dayfrom pain killer
overdose, is one reason why trying out this “quacky” natural treatment
may be a better way to start for those experiencing mild to moderate
The best part about acupressure is that you can do it yourself and it
doesn’t cost a thing (especially to your health). So there’s no reason
why you shouldn’t give it a shot.
Here’s the instructions:
- Locate the physical location of your pain within the diagram and press that point on your palm. Hold it for 5 seconds.
- After you’ve held it for 5 seconds, give it a 3 second rest.
- Repeat this simple process for several minutes.
- After repeating these treatments several times a day, over the next few days your pain should gradually decrease.