Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body, and at various depths. Acupuncture has been used in Chinese medicine for many many years. Although it is still debated by many Western Doctors, some experts have used neuroscience to explain how acupuncture works. Acupuncture points are often where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. This stimulation increases blood flow. Because of the increase in blood flow the body’s natural painkillers are activated. There are many conditions in which acupuncture is a great option!
Acupressure is very similar to acupuncture, as it is used to promote relaxation and wellness and to treat disease. Instead of needles, acupressure involves the application of pressure, generally the fingertips, to specific points on the body just like with acupuncture. It has also been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.