Acupressure is an ancient Indian art, which is mentioned in Ayurved, where they believed that there existed some fine points on the human body, which governed the nervous system and relieved pain. Acupressure traveled to China by Hindu saints and Buddhist monks, where it is still used as an art of alleviating pain, stress and strain by applying pressure at various nerve points. This system is more than 5000 years old and it spread from China to Japan. It enjoys a foothold in India and presently has a worldwide status as an alternate healing therapy.
An acupressurist works with the same points as used in acupuncture – called acupoints – stimulating these healing sites with finger pressure, rather than inserting fine needles. Acupressure uses the power and sensitivity of human touch to eliminate stress, relieve pain and alleviate acute and chronic conditions.
The word ‘acu’ is derived from Latin language, which means a very minute point. Hence, these techniques employ pressure or puncture the skin at an ‘acute’ point to alleviate illness. The modern physiotherapy is an extension of this system. The differences being physiotherapy motor points amazingly corresponds to reflex points of acupuncture, acupressure procedures. Acupressure is also a preventive treatment. It is a non-invasive technique – you do not inject or insert anything inside the body. These treatments have no side effect and are extremely useful as supportive or as an adjunct therapy.
How Acupressure Works
The science of acupressure is based on a theory that is totally different from allopathy (i.e. western medicine). The theory states that the human body has fourteen “imaginary meridians” that carry energy throughout the body. These meridians start at the fingertips, connect to the brain, and then connect to the organ associated with the specific meridian. The names of these meridians specify the organ associated with them. For example, the lung meridian is connected to the lungs via the nervous system. Theoretically, a lung problem arises if there is an obstruction in the lung meridian that slows down the flow of energy. If somehow the obstruction is removed or dissolved, the energy flow becomes regular and the lungs start functioning normally.
It is better if you brush your teeth with all fingers and thumb of the hand except the index finger. Our body is made of five elements i.e. Akash (sky, space), Agni (fire), Vayu (air), Prithvi (earth) and Jal (water). In thumb Agni is situated, in first (index) finger Vayu (air) is situated, in middle finger Akash (space) is situated, in ring (third) finger Prithvi (earth) element is situated and in little finger Jal (water) element is situated. By brushing teeth with your fingers it automatically give acupressure to the hand. Which is very beneficial for your health.
Why not to use the index fingers
Nerves of index fingers are related to the Vayu and that part of mind, which causes increase in blood pressure, and thus result in aggressiveness. Using the index fingers creates Vata diseases of mind like insomnia, high blood pressure, migraine, headache etc. If you are suffering from low blood pressure problem it is better to use index fingers. It will help you to keep your blood pressure in check.