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Acupressure Therapy For Dysmenorrhea And Sleeplessness

A technique used in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) very similar to acupuncture in Fremont, acupressure involves the application of direct pressure using fingers or instruments, on specific pressure points in the body as a way to support various systems or organs of the body or to relieve symptoms.

The use of acupressure is endemic in Asia, although it hasn’t been totally recognized by the Western medical establishment. One reason for this is that Western medicine mainly uses science as the means for deciding whether a therapy or practice truly works. For most of the history of acupressure, users have confidence on non-scientific oral tradition to reinforce their belief on this practice.

However, both Western and Eastern and medicine have recently collaborated to scientifically verify the effectiveness of this holistic therapy. This article will share with you some new developments related to this age old practice. In particular, we will discuss chronic conditions that can be treated by this natural and safe practice.

Dysmenorrhea and Acupressure

Dysmenorrhea is defined as a painful condition that accompanies the monthly cycle of some women. A lot of women suffer some level of discomfort and pain during their menstrual period. However, when it comes to dysmenorrhea, the pain is categorized as often debilitating and very severe.

The International Journal of Nursing Studies highlighted a clinical study conducted by Korean researchers endeavoring to find out whether acupressure can help relieve some of the more acute symptoms of dysmenorrhea.

The study recruited 58 college-aged women in which 50 percent of these women received acupressure therapy on the Sp 6 pressure point. The other 50 percent were designated as a “control” group, that served as a comparison to the acupressure therapy group.

The acupressure group was administered the therapy within eight hours of menses. Symptoms associated with dysmenorrhea were measured prior to the application of acupressure, half an hour afterward and also one, two, and three hours following the application of acupressure.

Researchers recorded a meaningful decrease in the magnitude of symptoms post therapy. The effect seemed to linger for over two hours after the end of the treatment.

Based on these outcomes, the authors concluded that acupressure “may be a non-invasive and effective nursing therapy for amelioration of primary dysmenorrhea, with effects lasting two hours after treatment.”

Acupressure for Pregnancy Support

The issue of “morning sickness” is one of the most unwelcome and most common symptoms of pregnancy. In 2008 February, the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice published a study examining acupressure’s contribution in the relief of pregnancy related nausea and vomiting.

Before discussing the details of the study, we would like to point out that the researchers expressly enlisted pregnant women who are unable to take pharmaceutical drugs to treat their symptoms. Unless really required, many patients and their physicians during pregnancy did not prescribe and use drugs.

The study involved 26 women who were told to wear on their wrist an “acupressure band” for three days. The band administered pressure to the P6 acupoint – which is designated for treatment of a wide variety of unrelated symptoms including vomiting and stomach aches. Another group of women were also required to wear an acupressure wristband, but this band did not have the appropriate healing pressure designed to stimulate the P6 acupoint.

The treatment group, the one the used a wristband that applied the right pressure to the P6 acupoint, experienced an improvement in the relief and/or management of “morning sickness”.

Acupressure for Sleeplessness

If you suffer from sleeping problems and you visit a medical doctor, you’ll likely leave with a prescription of very strong sleeping pills that may not even work for you. What is assured is that you need to keep on taking these pills for an indefinite period of time – unless you discover a solution that would resolve the underlying reason of your sleeplessness. In this regard, acupressure can be a safe, effective, and natural option to sleeping pills. This body/mind alternative has been proven to work in a few recent studies.

In 2008 December, a couple of studies were released. One study involved the participation of 25 people suffering from insomnia. All the participants were treated with acupressure therapy on the Ht 7 acupoint for two weeks each night. But instead of a wristband or the fingers of a practitioner, a medical device was used.

Improvement in quality of sleep was experienced by 15 out of 25 of the participants, this was a 60 percent rate of efficacy. As an aside, 14 of the 25 volunteers interestingly were also suffering from cancer. This is an even higher 79 percent rate of effectiveness experienced by those participants.

To determine whether activating the Ht 7 acupoint can potentially increase melatonin production, researchers conducted a second study that was published that same month. The pineal gland mainly produces the hormone Melatonin. This hormone is responsible for controlling people’s waking and sleep cycles. In people’s regular sleep patterns, melatonin is directly involved. A lot of people take melatonin supplement to help them get a good night’s sleep.

The second study recruited 40 people suffering from with insomnia. They were divided into 2 groups. One group was not treated with acupressure on the Ht 7 acupoint, while the other group was. The study lasted for twenty nights.

The two groups were required to answer medical questionnaires related to their quality of sleep and levels of anxiety. To determine the melatonin levels in their systems, urine samples were collected from each of the subjects.

After assessing the biological samples and the questionnaires, the researchers determined that the group that was treated with acupressure experienced an improvement in quality of sleep and a decrease in anxiety. The subjects treated with acupressure showed higher amounts of melatonin. Most of the subjects in the treatment group had what was deemed “normal” levels of melatonin. In the use of the acupressure medical device, no safety problems were found.

You can receive acupressure therapy from a medical device, a commercial wrist band or a trained medical professional. Through a do-it-yourself acupressure book, you can even administer it on yourself or on another person.

Acupressure can definitely improve your quality of life and give you the opportunity to avoid strong and potentially dangerous medications.

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