According to legend, a Chinese peasant suffering from headaches is the origin of acupressure. As he was ploughing, he dropped his plough on his big toe. His headaches disappeared shortly after. The next day, after the onset of a new headache, he repeated the same experience and the result was the same.
It is not known if this story is true or not, but acupressure seems to originate from China, just like acupuncture. But even if the two practices are linked, acupressure does not require needles.
Reduce your stress and pain with acupressure
How does it work? Similar to acupuncture, thin needles are inserted into the surface of certain body parts known as energy points. But instead of needles, in acupressure, one presses with the fingertips.
One example of this is to apply pressure between the big toe and the neighbouring toe. Pressing this spot for 2 minutes could help you significantly reduce your stress, but also relieve back pain and facilitate your digestion.
Potential alleviating benefits for severe illnesses?
One study even claims that acupressure could be used to treat Parkinson's disease. And even if it is clear that this alternative is not to the taste of modern medicinesupporters, you can choose to try the experiment, and see all its benefits.
Take a look at the video above to learn more about acupressure.