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Acupressure is a treatment used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It's similar to acupuncture but involves applying pressure rather than needles.

The purpose of acupressure is to stimulate points that correspond to specific organs, emotions, or feelings. In TCM, it's thought that disease is caused by an imbalance or blocked flow of energy (qi, or "chi"). Most acupressure points are near nerves. Applying pressure at these points may block pain signals.

People use acupressure for many types of pain, especially back pain and menstrual cramps. It is also used for anxiety, constipation, nausea, asthma, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these other uses.

Don't confuse acupressure with other practices used in TCM, including acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical acustimulation. These are not the same.

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  • Back pain.  Acupressure, administered via traditional and non-traditional methods, either alone or as an adjuvant treatment, seems to reduce chronic low back pain.
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  • Cancer-related fatigue.  Acupressure seems to improve fatigue in patients with cancer.
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  • Dysmenorrhea.  Acupressure seems to reduce pain in adults and adolescents with primary dysmenorrhea.
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  • Insomnia.  Most small clinical studies suggest that manual and auricular acupressure improves sleep in patients with insomnia or sleep disturbances due to various underlying conditions.
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Acupressure is likely safe when used appropriately. There are no known safety concerns.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Acupressure is possibly safe when used during pregnancy and breast-feeding. There are no known safety concerns.

Children: Acupressure is possibly safe when used appropriately in children.

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

There are no known interactions with foods.

Acupressure is a common treatment used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It involves applying pressure using hands, thumbs, fingers, or devices to specific parts or points on the body along pathways called "meridians."

Acupressure can be applied by a practitioner or self-administered. Passive acupressure devices have been developed, such as wrist bands that allow people to apply pressure to the P6 acupressure point, which has been used for the treatment and prevention of nausea and vomiting.

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