Acupressure for Beginners
Uncontrolled medical diversity, and quackery. Nevertheless, hospitals, academic medical centers, and medical schools are attempting to attract new patients and consumers by offering programs for wellness, stress reduction, yoga, meditation, massage, biofeedback, Shirodhara (warm herbalized sesame oil dripped onto the forehead), acupressure, aromatherapy, and so forth. The American Hospital Association found that more than 15 percent of all hospitals were offering alternative therapies, including walk-in complementary medicine centers.
Today, there are professional acupuncturists in Russia, Europe, North America, and South America, as well in Asia. Nevertheless, the legal status of practitioners in some countries remains ambiguous. Until the 1970s, the legal status of acupuncture was of no interest to the American medical community. Traditional Chinese medicine was dismissed as pure quackery. What could be more bizarre than killing pain by sticking needles into people (unless, of course, the needles were hypodermics full of narcotics) Practitioners of alternative and unorthodox medicine, however, were often eager to explore the potential of acupuncture, acupressure, and moxibustion. As acupuncturists increasingly gained both notoriety and clients, the medical profession began to pay attention. The American Medical Association took the position that acupuncture was folklore, not science, but that it could only be performed by licensed physicians because needling was an invasive procedure. In 1975, Nevada became the...
Indwelling epidural and intrathecal access systems have been effectively used for some patients with intractable chronic pain and to deliver opiates and other drugs, such as clonidine and baclofen. A variety of electrical stimulation techniques, including peripheral (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), spinal, and cerebral stimulations have been used for various somatic pain conditions, as well as for angina pectoris, with encouraging results. Acupressure is another alternative medicine technique that has been
Current evidence supports the use of acupuncture and acupressure in palliative care for the treatment of nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy and after surgery, with high level evidence emerging for acute pain and xerostomia. Despite limited scientific evidence, there are also data to support its use in palliative care for pain associated with diseases other than cancer, breathlessness, radiation induced rectitis, hiccups, hot flushes, angina, and AIDS
Initially, non-pharmacological methods of management are usually proffered, such as frequent small snacks (e.g. dry crackers), ginger root tea, hypnosis and use of acupressure bands or acupuncture to stimulate an area on the ventral surface of the wrist between the long flexor tendons. The evidence for the more esoteric treatments is somewhat mixed, although probably strongest for acupressure or acupuncture for its general (as opposed to obstetric) antiemetic effect. Psychological support is generally advocated.