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Acupressure

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Updated February 26, 2008

Definition:

The application of finger or hand pressure to points on the body. The points, which are sometimes called acupoints, lie along invisible lines of energy flow called meridians.

In traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating these points with either acupressure or acupuncture is thought to restore proper flow of energy (qi) in the body and prevent and treat specific ailments and conditions, such as nausea, muscle tension and headaches.

Acupressure can be done on oneself or a practitioner, usually an acupuncturist. One of the more commonly used acupressure points is PC6, which is located on the inside of the wrist.

Pronunciation: ak'yoopresh'er

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