Friday, June 25, 2010

Acupressure, a tiny history

Touch heals, it makes us feel good. It comforts us when we are feeling down, and if touch is applied to specific areas of the body, it can unblock the flow of energy so it is evenly distributed throughout the meridian pathways in our bodies. The technique is called acupressure began centuries ago in China, a practice that originated from Taoism. Chinese physicians and philosophers discovered 12 defined paths (or meridians) in which life energy flows throughout the body. Doctor Kim Bong-han, professor of medicine at Korea's Pyongyang University later found that variations in the skins electrical resistance could be traced along the meridians as they had been illustrated in the ancient texts. The skin cells were structurally different along the meridians and at certain points these"meridian cells" were found in clusters. These points found on the meridian are identifiable by a name and number. When pressure is applied to these points not only are you directly influencing the energy in that meridian, you are also relieving associated symptoms. 

Essentially, disease can very well be a sign that the energy within those meridians is out of balance.

Physical symptoms are "hints" for us to pay attention to our thoughts and our lifestyles as both of these things have the potential to be destructive or healthy.

1 comment:

  1. I've applied pressure between my thumb and pointer finger to relieve the pain of a headache.

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