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The Science of Acupressure

The human body is an amazing intricate system.  And even more amazing is its ability to maintain itself.  Nature has provided our body with an “in-built mechanism” to maintain the machine and repair itself when necessary.  This science of health is known as Acupressure.

Acupressure therapy was known in India over 5000 years ago (according to Sushrut Samhita).  It travelled to Sri Lanka in the form of Acupuncture and from there it travelled to China and Japan by Buddhist monks. 

Acupuncture vs. Acupressure

Acupuncture is the art of treating diseases by piercing specific points in the body. Acupressure is the science of treating diseases by applying pressure on specific points with the help of one’s thumb or other objects.

How it works

Our body is a network of bio-electric currents that flow in lines known as meridians, starting from the tip of each finger of the right hand, going up to the head, down the right side and ending in the toes of the right foot, and the same on the left side.  As long as the electric current flows unimpeded in the body, the body is fit and healthy.  If for any reason this current does not reach any part of the body, there is a malfunction of the body part, resulting in disease and/or pain. 

The switch board of electric current flowing in our body is located in the palms and soles of the feet.  All organs and glands have corresponding points on the hands and feet.  When the appropriate pressure is applied in a systematic way (acupressure and reflexology) to these points, the health of the body is maintained. 

Benefits for all

Acupressure and reflexology is wonderfully simple yet can have a profound holistic effect…all without invasive procedures and medications. It can benefit people of all ages and has no side effects.



Health in Your Hands by Devendra Vora


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