Acupressure works with the same body points and meridians as acupuncture, but stimulates the sites with finger pressure rather than by fine needles. Traditionally, acupressure is directed to 14 meridians and 2,000 specific charted points all over the body. Today, acupressure is used in the prevention and treatment of many illnesses of both mind and body. Currently, there are many human studies suggesting the effectiveness of wrist-point (P6) acupressure for treating nausea.
In a new study, researchers randomly assigned 85 students into an acupressure or sham pressure treatment group. The acupressure group focused on acupressure at the Sanyinjiao point (SP6). General health questionnaires were given before treatment and then again after the first and second months of treatment.
The researchers found that after treatment, general health improved for both the acupressure and sham groups. However, the authors noted that there were significantly greater improvements in the four domains of general health for the individuals in the acupressure group when compared to the sham group. General health improved further after the second month of treatment.
The authors concluded that acupressure may be beneficial for the improvement of general health in women. Although promising, further research is necessary.
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