Acupressure is a complementary medicine technique derived from acupuncture. In acupressure physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points by the hand, elbow, or with various devices.
Chinese medicine's acupuncture theory predates use of the scientific method, yet, neuroimaging research suggests that certain acupuncture points have distinct effects that are not otherwise predictable anatomically.
According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, chi (qi) flows through the body via 14 primary meridians or channels. To strengthen the flow of chi and remove blockages in the meridians, a practitioner of acupressure stimulates specific acupoints along the meridian channels. There are four to five hundred named acupoints, some of which are associated with specific internal organs or organ systems. Acupuncture/acupressure practitioners believe that the therapy stimulates the body’s internal regulatory system and nurtures a natural healing response.