For thousands of years, the Chinese have maintained their own unique insight, and hold a special degree of respect for the body's ability to resist illness, and maintain a natural cycle of balance with the outside world. Over the course of time, a wide array of therapeutic disciples were developed around the general idea that the body's natural balance of energy can be corrected in the event that it gets out of sync.
This energy flows like water through the body, over approximately one dozen central pathways, known as Meridians. At least, this is how it works according to ancient Chinese lore. There are literally hundreds of important pressure points located along these channels, and using acupressure as a healing method is based on the realization of these focal points of the body's life forces.
Everything from digestive health to problems with circulation can be effectively and safely treated using acupressure, provided the practicer possesses a clear picture of which pressure points are capable to exact the appropriate change in the behavior of the body's organs. This type of knowledge is a complicated discipline that sometimes requires years of dedication on the part of anyone who wants to learn how to heal people using the natural power of Chi.
For someone who is new to the fundamental ideas behind this type of traditional medicine, it should be noted that it's not necessarily appropriate to imagine sessions of acupressure as treating to the same degree as other, chemical-based medicinal solutions. Acupressure can be used very effectively as complement to other types of treatments that are already being used, and will help to make your body more capable able to accept treatment from other types of sources and effects.
Acupressure will give you all of the stress and tension relief that a traditional deep-tissue massage will, and by all accounts, the effects tend to last a lot longer. The thing that does make acupressure as a healing option more viable to other alternatives is that, under the proper supervision, there's absolutely no chance for off-the-wall side effects like what you might expect with prescription drugs. You've certainly seen the commercials pharmaceutical companies are putting out these days; the first half of the advertisement explains what the drug is and how it can fix your problems, and the other half is devoted to the laundry list of other undesirable situations you can expect your body to undergo after prolonged use.
The reason we start down the road to poor health in the first place is an over-dependence on artificial, unnatural solutions to the things that ail us, which is all the more reason to consider a fully-natural option when it comes to healing. Your body has the ability to get back on track to making itself strong, even if you experience chronic pains and aches on a regular basis. Acupressure only enables us to awaken that part of us that has been lying dormant all this time.