Evidence.rom.he body suggests Otzi suffered from these conditions. 31 This has been cited as evidence that practices similar to acupuncture may have been practice elsewhere in Eurasia during the early Bronze Age ; 266 however, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine calls this theory “speculative”. 32 It is considered unlikely that acupuncture was practice before 2000 BC. 265 The Ötzi the Iceman's tattoo marks suggest to some experts that an acupuncture-like treatment was previously used in Europe 5 millennia ago. 9 Acupuncture may have been practice during the Neolithic era, near the end of the stone age, using sharpened stones called Brian Shi . 30 :70 Many Chinese texts from later eras refer to sharp stones called “Olen”, which means “stone probe”, that may have been used for acupuncture purposes. 30 :70 The ancient Chinese medical text, Huangdi Beijing, indicates that sharp stones were believed at-the-time to cure illnesses at or near the body's surface, perhaps because of the short depth a stone could penetrate. 30 :71 However, it is more likely that stones were used for other medical purposes, such as puncturing a growth to drain its pus . 28 31 The Mawangdui texts, which are believed to be from the 2nd century BC, mention the use of pointed stones to open abscesses, and moxibustion, but not for acupuncture. 29 It is also speculated that these stones may have been used for blood-letting, due to the ancient Chinese belief that illnesses were caused by demons within the body that could be killed or released. 267 It is likely blood-letting was an antecedent to acupuncture. 31 According to historians Lu Gwei-djen and Joseph Needham, there is substantial evidence that acupuncture may have begun around 600 BC. 30 Some hieroglyphs and pictographs from that era suggests acupuncture and moxibustion were practice. 268 However, historians Gwei-djen and Needham said it was unlikely a needle could be made out of the materials available in ChiCa during this time period. 30 :71-72 It is possible Bronze was used for early acupuncture needles. Plinio Prioreschi, the earliest known historical record of acupuncture is the Shih-Chi “Record of History”, written by a historian around 100 BC. 29 It is believed that this text was documenting what was established practice at that time. 28 The 5,000-year-old mummified body of Ötzi the Iceman was found with 15 groups of tattoos, 266 many of which were located at points on the body where acupuncture needles are used for abdominal or lower back problems. The way energy flows through the meridians presides over wellness or disease. Most therapies address the cognitive and emotional aspects of trauma, but do not get to the physiological source. If your hand gets tired, slowly withdraw the pressure, shake your hand, and breathe deeply. Better Sex Ancient Chinese Sexology practices use the acupressure points to cultivate sexual energy in lovemaking. This style also uses the Extra Meridians or Extraordinary Vessels, which balance the meridians. Moxibustion could be direct the cone was placed directly on the skin and allowed to burn the skin, producing a blister and eventually a scar, or indirect either a cone of moxa was placed on a slice of garlic, ginger or other vegetable, or a cylinder of moxa was held above the skin, close enough to either warm or burn it. 55 Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. 56 Ti na is a ACM method of attempting to stimulate the flow of qi by various barehanded techniques that do not involve needles. 57 Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which acupuncture needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses this has been described as “essentially transdermal electrical nerve stimulation TENS masquerading as acupuncture”. 58 Fire needle acupuncture also known as fire needling is a technique which involves quickly inserting a flame-heated needle into areas on the body. 59 Sonopuncture is a stimulation of the body similar to acupuncture using sound instead of needles. 60 This may be done using purpose-built transducers to direct a narrow ultrasound beam to a depth of 6–8 centimetres at acupuncture meridian points on the body. 61 Alternatively, tuning forks or other sound emitting devices are used. 62 Acupuncture point injection is the injection of various substances such as drugs, vitamins or herbal extracts into acupoints. 63 Auriculotherapy, commonly known as ear acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, or auriculoacupuncture, is considered to date back to ancient China. These programs require up to 500 hours of schooling. 8 Dedicate time to acupressure. Acupressure techniques release this muscular tension and restore the flow of vital energy, making resolution possible. For an in-depth focus on this topic, see Acupressure for Emotional Healing: A Self-Care Guide for Trauma, Stress & Common Emotional Imbalances by Michael Reed Bach, Ph.D., with 500 illustrations of emotional healing applications. In comparison, acupuncture uses a hair-thin needle to stimulate an acupoint whereas acupressure uses a firm pressure to massage the acupoints. Thus toxins are released and eliminated, which of course benefits your outward appearance. Press this point using a fingernail or thumbnail. You can also press the point between the thumb and index finger with your opposite hand. Acupressure can also be self-administered. Liver 3 LV3, also called Ta Chang, is recommended for stress, lower back pain, high blood pressure, menstrual cramps, limb pain, insomnia, and anxiety. 26 It is located in the soft flesh between your big and second toes. 27 Find the point by going two fingers lengths above where the skin of your big toe and second toe join. This short video clip will give you hands-on instruction on how to use this recovery point.
For some pressure points, the fingers may be too thick. Simplify your learning process by using acupressure charts. Try to cut out outside distractions and stress. In fact, Acupressure and chiropractic treatments were originally practice together in ancient China.