Acupressure- History, Explanation and UsageSean Russell
The greatest wonder in this cosmos is the human body . Our body is well equipped with the best automatic , delicate but the most powerful machines – Heart and Lungs ( a non-stop pumping set ) ; Eyes – a wonderful camera cum projector system; Ears- an astounding sound system; Stomach – a wonderful chemical laboratory ; Nerves- miles of communication system. Brain- an unparalleled computer with infinite capacity . And the greatest thing about it is unbelievable co-ordination of all these machines so that this body can easily work over for a hundred years or more.
It is a fact that in any good machine , provision is made whereby it automatically stops when there is a danger and restarts when you push its switch e.g. refrigerator and hot water geyser . It is not surprising that such a provision is made in human body also. It is true that system of our body is very intricate. But to maintain it is very easy . Nature has provided in our body an ‘ in-built mechanism’ to maintain these machines and repair them if need be . This science of health which makes use of this in-built mechanism popularly known as Acupressure . This therapy is the most precious gift from the creator himself .
The Acupressure therapy was known in India even 5000 years ago . Unfortunately it was not preserved and taken to Sri Lanka , this therapy was then taken to China and Japan by Buddhist monks or nomadic Aryans took it there and at present China is teaching Acupuncture to the world . This therapy was known to Red Indians way back in the sixteenth century . In the twentieth century , researches have been made in the U.S.A. which have contributed greatly to the development of this therapy . It is practised by many Allopathic and Naturopathic doctors there . Now , the World Health Organization, too , has paid attention to this simple and easy therapy .
The word ‘ Acupressure ‘ is related with ‘ Acupuncture’ one is just with fingers and the other is with needles. ‘ Acu ‘ means needle and ‘ Puncture ‘ means to pierce. Acupuncture means the art of trading diseases by piercing specific points in the body. Acupressure means the art of treating diseases by applying pressure on specific points with the help of one’s thumb or unpointed things . So Acupressure would be refering to your finger as the ‘needle’ and pressure as just pushing.
The five elements are controlled by the electricity of the body known as Bio- Electricity in the West. This battery has been installed in our body at the time of conception. The white dazzling light generated can be seen in the middle of one’s forehead with eyes closed through certain Yogic methods.
Out of this battery , electric current passes through body through the lines . These lines are known as ‘ Meridians ‘ start from the tip of each finger of the right hand , go all over the body , and end in the toes of the right foot and so also on the left side . Now so long as this current of electricity flows properly in the body , the body remains fit and healthy . If for any reason this current does not reach any part of the body, there is malfunctioning of that part accompained by pain in some cases , if not attented to them in time it may invite illness . So , if any , would subside and the disease of that malfunctioning part can be cured. Thus, Acupressure is the science of nature which teaches us to cure disease through the in-built mechanism of the body – the technique of how to send the current to al the desired part of the body .