Acupuncture vs Acupressure – Results Without Needles!

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Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a variety of treatments which can seem a far cry from surgery and the medication centric treatments that we are accustomed to in the West. Most people have a basic understanding that Acupuncture somehow involves sticking needles in the body but what is Acupressure? How are these two procedures connected and how do you determine which of these two alternative treatments might be the best one for you?

Acupuncture vs Acupressure

The key difference between these two traditional types of treatments is the way that they are administered. Both procedures use certain points on the body’s energy channels; normally referred to as meridians, these are the pathways around which the life giving energy (chi) is thought to flow. By stimulating specific points on the meridians, any blockage to the natural flow of chi can be gently restored, allowing the body to return to its natural state of health and well-being. However, Acupressure seeks to achieve this without the use of one critical tool which has been linked to acupuncture for generations. Needles!

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Instead of using needles which are inserted into special points on a person’s body, acupressure uses simple hand or finger pressure on the same points. This makes acupressure a particularly practical method of self-treatment that can be applied easily and almost anywhere.

The Ultimate Question: Do They Work?

There has been a considerable amount of research done into these fields of alternative medicine and both have been proven to be effective in many cases. Research has clearly shown that acupuncture can be particularly useful for the treatment of chronic pain. Recently it has been shown to be as effective as strong opiate pain killers in blocking pain, without carrying the risk of any unpleasant side effects. Similarly, acupressure can also be used to treat some of the many everyday conditions with similar results.

One thing is for certain, Acupressure is likely to be a better choice for you if you are afraid of needles!

Thanks for stopping by. Remember, whether you choose Acupuncture or Acupressure the important thing is to find a skilled practitioner who can help you obtain the benefits you seek. Please, keep in touch. Share a comment or questions and I will get back to you. Click here to read The Big Idea – it may help you to understand our healing philosophy.


12 thoughts on “Acupuncture vs Acupressure – Results Without Needles!

  1. Thank you so much for this thorough articles I have learned a lot reading your post.
    I’d never hear about these treatments.
    My question is where I can find people that can actually deliver the benefits I’m seeking for?
    Thank you in advance!

    • There will undoubtedly be practitioners near you – I would do a web search and see what comes up. If you can find someone that has some reviews that would be good. If you are stuck – let me know where you live and I will do some digging for you.

  2. I’ve always wanted to try accupuncture for my headaches. I am very afraid of needles, so I think I will try accupressure.
    Thanks for the info!


  3. Both acupuncture and acupressure are used more in the western world these days. Like you said there have many studies that prove they are beneficial and can really help people with chronic pain.

  4. I never knew the difference between acupuncture and acupressure. I am kind of afraid of needles so I will definitely go for acupressure! Thanks for the great article and easing my worries of this type of treatment.

    • Thanks for your comment Katie. Even with Acupuncture, the needles are so fine that you hardly feel anything. My daughter recently had some treatment for the first time – petrified of needles but breezed through the treatment without any problem! Any doubt though, Acupressure is the way to go.

  5. Hi Steve,

    Thanks for sharing this article.
    It is not easy to find experienced practitioners in smaller town and villages, but it’s still possible and definitely worth to at least try.
    My uncle learned himself a few simple techniques of Acupressure – he never liked needles 😉 – and that worked for him pretty well. Later, when he believed that this is actually working, he found a practitioner with years of experience and he is using him until now. It’s a great science and definitely worth to try if someone is still not convinced.

    • Hi Greg – many thanks for your comment. I also find acupressure has been very helpful. It is especially easy to learn and administer to yourself. I tend to use is as almost a first aid kit when I’m out and about. Quickest way I know to relieve a headache I know! I agree with you point about finding it difficult to locate someone in a small town or village. It is worth the effort though, even it it entails a bit of travelling.

  6. Hello Steve, thanks for your post. When we have heard something we assume others have also and often that is not the case. ‘Energy healing’ is still shrouded in mystery for many. We are programmed to ‘stick to what we know’ and we do not trust what others know to be as valid as ‘what we know’.

    Websites like this help to demystify this ancient healing art and the concept of energy in general.

    • Thanks for your comment EJ. Energy is available for everyone – it just requires an open mind and an acceptance of other possibilities. There should be no great mystery.

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