Some Helpful Information about Acupuncture and Acupressure

The human body has over 350 acupoints. Chosen acupoints are activated by sticking fine acupuncture needles to help restore balance, boost the circulation of qi or chi, cause the internal organs of the body to function optimally.

Based on the observation of the tongue and the palpation of the pulse as well as the information provided by the patient, treatment points are identified and treated. The needles are inserted gently and the sensation it generates is not painful; actually, a little while after the needles are inserted, a feeling of relaxation and comfort sets in the patient.

Nobody knows for sure how acupuncture works although a growing body of evidence has revealed acupuncture’s ability to treat childhood illnesses, emotional and mental problems, certain organ imbalances, joint problems, and pain among many others.

More and more Western-trained nurses and physicians are now studying to become qualified acupuncturists, while a growing number of individuals each set out on full-time training to make a career in acupuncture.

Acupuncture has a very important part to play in the healthcare of Western societies and is an effective and economical way of preventing and treating disease.


Acupressure follows the same principle as acupuncture but instead of using needles to stimulate an acupoint, it involves the use of nail or fingertip pressure to boost the flow of chi, remove blockages, or treat pain. Acupressure is a valid Chinese medicine procedure that is preferred by patients who want to receive the benefits of an acupuncture treatment in Linwood without the hassle of needles.

Typically the thumbs, index, or middle fingers are utilized, but occasionally, the knees, elbows and the knuckles are used, as in shiatsu to apply stronger pressure to wider portions the body.

Acupressure is particularly suitable for those who are anxious about acupuncture needles. It can also be easily learned and safely applied as a self-help technique. However, since its application is less direct and specific than an acupuncture needle, the results are likewise often slower and less specific.