Nature has created numerous invisible openings or points over the surface of the body that facilitates the flow of entry and exit of prana. Acupressure Therapy uses these points for the treatment of ailments. Whenever there is any obstruction in the flow of prana to any part, then that is manifested as a disorder of that part. Acupressure, if applied, clears the obstruction for the flow of prana and simultaneously the disorder is cured.
Acupressure therapy known to India as Marma Chikitsha has been classified into different sub-therapies, such as- Reflexology, Meridianology, Scalp Therapy, Auricle Therapy and Su-Jok Therapy.
In Reflexology there are 39 points located over the surface of the palm and sole. These 39 points are related and represent 39 different organs of the body. The state of functioning, either normal, hyperfunction or hypofunction, of these 39 organs are reflected on their represented points over the palm and sole as tenderness. For example stomach disorder is manifested as tenderness on its represented point No-27 (stomach). On pressing point No.-27 the patient suffering from stomach ailment feels tenderness at that point. Subsequent treatment of the tender point helps in restoration of the flow of prana to that organ. When the flow of prana is restored then the affected organs comes to normalcy and subsequently the tenderness on its corresponding point on the palm and sole vanishes off.
How to Select Treatment points of a Disease :
As it has been already discussed that the malfunctioning of any organ is known from the tenderness of its corresponding points on hand and sole. Thus, in a particular disease the corresponding point(s) of the affected organ(s) will have tenderness on hand and sole. So, it is imperative that one should probe and find out the tender points and treat the same until the disease is cured.
How will one know whether the diseases is cured or not :
Subsequent treatment of tender points restores normalcy in the affected organs and simultaneously results in disappearance of tenderness from the affected points. Thus the status of tenderness of points determines the recovery of the patient.
How Pressure is Applied on the Point :
Pressure is applied with the use of thumb, blunt end of a pencil, or a pen. Many practitioners also use a mushroom shaped instrument known as Jimmy to apply pressure. Pressure is applied on the exact location of point and thereby the point tenderness if any is detected. If the point is tender then pressure is applied on it for a constant period of 10 to 15 seconds. If the point is not tender then it is left and other points are probed. Amount of pressure applied should be in accordance to one’s resistance power. While giving pressure look at the patient eyes. Eye is the most sensitive part of the body that reacts (blinks) even to slightest pain. So by looking at eye you can determine and regulate the amount of pressure that has to be given on that point. Only thumb and no accessories should be used to apply pressure on point No. 10 to 16, as they are located on a very soft and sensitive areas of the hand and sole.
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