Sunday, November 4, 2007


Accupressure and accupuncture work off of the same basic bodily theory. That there are 14 meridian lines (12 major & 2 minor) that run through the body, each associated with a different organ of the body. These meridan lines allow energy to flow through the body. An 'obstruction' within the energy lines is that makes you sick or hurty. Accupuncture uses needles to free the blockages and allow energy to flow more freely. Accupressure works the same, except you can do it yourself without needles. Just your fingertips.

The 14 bodily meridians (energy lines) as they relate to the organs are:
1) Lung - Also affects the skin
2) Large Intestine - Also affects shoulder pain and may manifest as sinusitis
3) Stomach - Affects muscle tone
4) Spleen - Regulates nutrient distribution
5) Heart - Regulates the blook
6) Small Intestine - Affects digestion
7) Bladder - Affects elimination of waste
8) Kidney - Controls the filtration of waste
9) Pericardium - Affects blood flow
10) Triple burner - Relgates body warmth and metabolism
11) Gall Bladder - Regulates bile
12) Liver - Controls nutrient distribution
13) Conception Vessel - Regulates reproductive function
14) Governing Vessel - Regulates stress and behavior

Now, the "big picture" of accupressure is pretty involved. The Chinese methodology of natural healing is the same as several others I have read. Many times when we are sick, the sickness is in itself a symptom of some other root cause. Say you get migraines. You can take all the pills in the world and they will not cure the migraine until you find out and eliminate what is causing them in the first place.

I wish I could say that I could cure everybody of what ails them, but I just can't do that. I could, but it would be a lie. However, tomorrow I'm going to be posting a list of practical accupressure points that you can use to alleviate pains from different parts of the body. (There's even a pressure point for hiccups!)

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