Controlling Qi with or without Needles

Submitted by Jerry Parker on January 15, 2013
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the ‘Qi’ or ‘life force’ that runs through our bodies is the cause for our wellness. Any problems or obstructions or imbalances in Qi, will therefore result in problems in health and wellness. Both acupressure and acupuncture help relieve these imbalances by working on the points of the body through which this life force travels.


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These points are called meridians and are commonly referred to as acupuncture or acu points. Rectifying problems in the channel helps people lead more rejuvenated, energetic, healthy, pain-free and stress-free lives.

So, how does acupressure differ from acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine, a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), that involves the use of needles on these acupuncture points to rectify imbalances or problems in the life force or Qi. These needles are stimulated through the touch of an expert acupuncture specialist either manually or through electrical impulses.

Acupressure too is a form of Chinese medicine, a part of Chinese Manipulative Therapy (CMT), often used along with acupuncture. However, acupressure differs from acupuncture in that it does not use needles to rectify the imbalances. Instead this form of acupuncture uses the pressure of the hands on the acupressure points. Usually a practitioner will use rollers, a brush, or simply use his/her hands to manipulate the Qi to flow through the proper channels.

Studies related to the two forms of healing

According to recent acupuncture research, acupuncture is indeed effective against certain kinds of problems such as in the control of pain experienced in headaches, migraines, neck pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic back pain. It is also proven to be effective in preventing nausea and managing vomiting. However, for all other problems such as asthma, depression, epilepsy, and many others, there is not sufficient proof that acupuncture does work.

Acupressure research too shows that acupressure is a great stress buster and elevates energy levels. It helps relieve musculoskeletal problems and helps in quicker healing, reduces buildup of lactic acid in the muscles, improves circulation and relieves pain. Research also proves that it helps increase mental alertness, improves immunity, helps retain flexibility, and also helps increase range of movement in injured limbs.


Both acupressure and acupuncture do a whole lot of good in helping to relieve pain and stress. While there in not enough proof to show that they do help in a number of disorders, it is perhaps only a matter of time before there is sufficient proof to back up this age old form of treatment. In the meantime, it is best to consult a doctor before attempting either of these therapies. Additionally, owing to the damage that can be caused by the needles in acupuncture (if not done by an expert), acupressure is considered the safer option.


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