Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Nischala's Blog-o-Q : An Overview of Accupressure / Sujok

What is Acupressure?
Acupressure involves the application of manual pressure (usually with the fingertips) to specific points on the body.
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Some Interesting Points
* According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, the body has vital energy called "chi" or "qi" that flows along invisible lines of energy flow called meridians. There are thought to be at least 14 meridians connecting our organs with other parts of our body. Acupuncture and acupressure points lie on those meridians. If the flow of qi is blocked at any point on a meridian, it's thought to be the cause of ailments and lead to disease anywhere along the meridian. That's why a practitioner may apply pressure to an acupressure point in the foot to relieve a headache. [Src: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/acupressure/a/acupressure.htm]

* According to practitioners, the human hand can be considered to be a "symbolic representation" of the human body
The hands and feet represent a mirror image of the anatomy of the human body with all of its associated organs and structures. In understanding the anatomy of the human body as a whole, the hands and feet themselves represent a smaller, but nevertheless true, mirror image of the whole body. The thumbs and large toes represent the head. In addition to serving their normal functions as appendages to the four limbs (legs and arms), the hands and feet are endowed with an exquisite function which can cure diseases throughout the whole body
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Applying pressure to specific points in the hand / feet can activate energy flow throughout the body, which provides instant relief is some cases, and gradual relief in other cases (Subject to the nature and criticality of the medical ailment).

 * Hand's Likeness to the Body - Of all the human body parts the hand possesses the utmost likeness to the body as is evident from the specifics of its structure.
The hand resembles the body in:
· The number of protruding parts
· The level of location of the protruding parts
· The directions of the protruding parts
· The proportions of the protruding parts
· The level of location of the protruding parts
· The positions of the protruding parts relatively to the symmetry line
· The likeness of the thumb to the head
· The likeness in the number of protruding parts
 Five protruding parts in the human body can be distinguished; the head with its neck and four extremities. The hand has a palm and five protruding parts - the fingers.

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