A new kind of pain treatment is sweeping the internet. Well it’s not so new and it has been around for thousands of years. Acupressure is said to relief any kind of pain by simply pressing the points on your palm. It’s free, non-invasive and seemingly effective. But is it too good to be true?
Acupressure Has Been Around for Over 5,000 Years
You will need to travel 5,000 years back in history to find where acupressure began in ancient China. It’s no accident that our human instinct is to put pressure where there is pain. Similarly, that is how acupressure was born. People discovered that pressing certain points on your body would not only alleviate the pain within that region but affected other areas in your body as well.
It has been said that early in Chinese history, some soldiers who were wounded by arrows or stones reported many life-long symptoms of disease simply vanish. Physicians couldn’t make a logical connection between the new trauma and the recovery of their health.
Through many years of trial and error, people have found ways to relieve their pain through pressing certain points on their body which are directly connected to other areas. Many people even today turn to acupressure and acupuncture for pain relief as an alternative to dangerous pain medications with long list of side effects. After all, pain killers are one of the top causes of drug addiction.
Shrouded in Mystery and Skepticism
While there are many studies done which point to acupressure’s possible effects, there are just as many that point to lack thereof. Overall, there seems to be a consensus that even if it’s people tricking themselves into thinking that the pain is gone (placebo effect) it still relieves pain for people. Even so, it is hard to dismiss something that has been around for over 5,000 years and is so hard to study.
However, understanding how our body functions and how every tiny part of your body is interconnected together to form an incredible machine, it’s not hard to see