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Why Alternate Therapy?
is not merely the absence of diseases but the well being, not only on physical
level but also on mental, emotional, social and spiritual levels. The concept
of treating the body as an assembly of separate, independent parts, hitherto
adopted by the medical world has been proved wrong and the new concept
of treating the body as an indivisible unit is gaining momentum in all
parts of the world.
taken can relieve pain or give a sense of comfort only till the inner intelligence
balances the system and completely alleviates the disease. Many of the
modern day health problems are psychosomatic, where the mmd plays an important
role. Dis-ease of mind becomes disease in the physical body according to
Yogic texts. Side effects of the present-day drugs, some so very harmful,
are very well known to doctors and to many of the patients who suffer them.
simple healing system which is known as Drugless Therapy consists of Acupressure,
Zone therapy, Reflexology, Magneto therapy, Colour therapy, Pyramidology,
Nature cure etc. It offers an opportunity to reduce the medicine intake
and provides a cure for many day-to-day ailments. The holistic approach
adopted by such simple alternate therapies offers the common man a wonderful
tool for healing himself and the family members.
they say, is better than cure. The wise all over the world understand the
importance of health and take preventive care, so that they live in good
health throughout their life. The necessity of the equilibrium of body,
mind and soul to stay healthy is well understood by the modern scientists
too. The system of allopathy with its astounding scientific achievements
serves the man with fantastic results no doubt, but the common man with
a minimum knowledge of his own healing mechanism can certainly avoid taking
large doses of drugs over long periods just to cure common ailments. He
might as well find their cure by practising such simple healing systems.
to Chinese Acupuncture Theory the incoming primary energy which is called
‘Qi’ (pronounced as ‘Chi’) enters the body and is distributed through ‘Chakras’
which act as regulators and leaves the body as outgoing energy. In yogic
texts this primary energy is known as Prana’. The holisitc approach treats
the triangle of body, mind and soul which are the main components of the
life. Any factor affecting the energy field affects the balance and in
turn the general health. Imbalance may be caused by the blockage or leakage
of energy in a particular channel or meridian. The blockage or the leakage
are mainly caused by tension and stress of modem everyday life and negative
feelings or thoughts.
According to Acupressure
theory if the blockages or leakages are removed by applying rhythmic pressure
on specific points then the energy flow is normalised or restored. The
physical, energy and mental levels have to be in a balance for us to stay
healthy. According to the Chinese theory, ‘Balance is health and imbalance
for Health and Health for all.
the Disease and don’t treat the symptom
now accepted is the Acupressure system.
and release to give some pleasurable pain.
and rejuvenate to restore the balance again.
‘the qi’, flows on each side on zones five.
up for ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ for you and I.
is relieved thro’ a dozen meridians, paired.
are two others, not to be spared.
is the basis of zone therapy.
of foot, but of hand, face and ear no doubt.
It is a simple
yet a remarkably effective way of treating common as well as complicated
ailments. Acupressure is known as Needleless Acupuncture. ‘A CU’, is the
Latin word for ‘needle’ and ‘puncture’ refers to ‘pricking’.
Instead of pricking
with needles at the Acupuncture points, rhythmic pressure is applied for
one or two minutes to balance the energy flow which cures the disease.
Where did it originate?
in China and the Western world has taken it up seriously, after the former
USA President Mr. Nixon’s visit to China in 1971. where one of his aides
was treated with Acupuncture for acute pain in the abdomen.It is now widely
practised in USA, Europe and in Eastern countries.
How does it work?
the exact theory is not yet established but there is enough practical evidence
of its effectiveness. The early Chinese theory explains that the root cause
of all diseases, in terms of Acupressure, is a disorder of energy vibration.
Every cell in the body vibrates at a specific rate and when this vibration
of energy goes beyond the normal range, it gives rise to a disease.
Does one require any medical knowledge to learn and practice this system?
Acupressure aids in the
restoration of correct and harmonious vibration and in this way restores
No medical knowledge
is essential. With just a basic knowledge of human anatomy, one can practice
this system and provide good relief to those in disease.
Who can benefit from this?
young to the old alike, can practice and get the benefits. Only feather-touch
is recommended for the infants and for the older people the pressure has
to be soothing.
How to apply pressure?
When an Acupressure
point is painful, there are three ways of applying pressure, depending
upon the intensity of pain.
TOUCH’ - With the thumb or index finger give feather
touch in case of severe pain at a
For how long is the pressure applied?
2. ‘ACU PRESSURE’
- A pleasurable, rhythmic, on-and-off pressure with the thumb
or index finger for normal points where one can tolerate pain.
3. ‘ACU MASSAGE’
- In this technique, clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation
is carried out to increase or decrease the energy flow in the body channel.
The Acu touch
or Acu pressure or Acu massage has to be applied on the particular points
for just two minutes. Pleasurable pain is the goal.
When to apply pressure?
As a preventive
measure, it is normally found to be more beneficial when pressure is applied
early in the morning or in the evening, when the Yin (Negative) and the
Yang (Positive) energies are equal. It can also be done at any other time
but it should be avoided for two hours after a heavy meal or one hour after
a light meal. As a curative measure, it can be applied on the onset of
Is it effective against all diseases?
It is very effective
for relieving pain in the body like head ache, back-ache, knee pain etc.
In all other diseases, considerable improvement has been noticed. Any problem
without any pathology in it can be effectively relieved with acupressure.
When can one expect results?
relieving pain, one can expect results immediately after acupressure and
within a few days full cure is possible. But for certain diseases aminimum
of four to eight weeks are required to notice the changes.
Is it possible to practice without any formal training?
Of course, it
is possible to learn Acupressure without attending any training course.
But one does require practical experience for the body balance (energy
balance) and the relaxation desserts. Attending a training course can make
you confident in this technique.
Is there any restriction?
is not to be done throughout the day just because it brings relief. Just
practice it for fifteen minutes in the morning or in the evening. Let the
nature inside your body take care of the healing process.
It is not recommended
during the early and late quarter of pregnancy but can be done under an
it is not recommended
for curing degenerative diseases eg.. Cancer. Relaxation desserts help
a lot in such cases.
not apply more pressure on Medulla points.
What are the side effects?
The best part
of the treatment is that there is no side effect at all. Occasionally in
the initial phase, slight discomfort may be observed in a few cases, when
the body tries to normalise by rejecting the accumulated toxins from the
body. No harm will be done even if a wrong point is pressed.
What are the important points for relieving pain?
Rules and Guidelines for Treatment
Since simple healing systems
work without any specific diagnosis, overall treatment can be given to
correct all the imbalances.
Listen to the complaints
Soreness or pain is common
at most points and does not by itself indicate any abnormality.
Never prescribe any medicines
if you are not authorised by your formal qualification.
Never treat any specific
illness but give importance to those specific points.
Describe your technique willingly
and educate them by demonstration.
Share your knowledge and
encourage self-help technique.
Look out for any visible
abnormality in feet and hands.
Pleasurable pain should be
the goal; intersperse the acupressure sessions with desserts and relax
Never work on affected areas;
keep your finger-nails trimmed so that they do not make any contact with
Although one can use health
gadgets if many people are to be treated at once, there is no substitute
for human hand and human touch.
Never try to do all at once.
Each treatment can be done for ten to twenty minutes and the results are
expected within four to eight weeks. Severe problems will take a longer
Consistency and regularity
are essential to get results. Twice a week is recommended for the frequency
of treatment with self-help.
Occasionally body may react
to get ride of the toxins accumulated in the body. Work on the kidney area
at the end of the treatment.
Position the person in a
relaxed way and have a direct eye contact while applying pressure to observe
the reactions. Wash your hands clean using a soap.
It is safe for everyone including
babies and old people.
Apply light pressure on the
feet of the infants and the pressure has to be soothing for the old people.
Finally the attitude of the
therapist is very important for the success of the treatment.
Histories with One-Point Solutions
of mine once came to me seeking permission to go home early and rest as
he had a severe headache. I told him that the headache could be due to
tension and advised him to press and release the root of the thumb nail
(Fig. 34) for two to three minutes on
both the thumbs before leaving office.
A little later
to my surprise I found the gentleman still working on the spacecraft. On
enquiry, I learnt that he had got immediate relief from headache.
In one of our
follow up classes, Mr.T. D. Prasad Rao, Administrative Officer at the Air
Force Station and Mr.Hareendran from PNB reported similar results with
their own colleagues.
Based on my
experience, manipulating this point can work miraculously for tenMon related
headaches. The principle is very simple. The hard nail represents the skull.
The soft portion at the root of the nail represents the neck. By activating
the root of the thumb nail or big toe nail, we can release the blockage
of energy at the neck region.
In one of my lecture
classes, I explained how one could solve the hyper-aeidity problem by simply
activating the LI-4 point situated in the web between thumb and index finger
(Fig.34). After a few days, I received a letter from a lady telling me
how she had successfully got over her acidity problem within a week of
starting acupressure treatment and that she had stopped taking antacid
is mainly due to worry, anxiety and tension on one hand and too much spicy
food on the other. One should try to remove the root cause of a problem
rather than trying to solve the symptoms of the disease.
A relative of
my family doctor, once came all the way from Belgaum to Bangalore to take
acupressure treatment for her cervical spondilysis. She
had been suffering from that problem for almost three years. I happened
to meet her at my doctor’s clinic and he asked me to try acupressure on
Neck Pain (Cervical Spondilysis)
On the first
day, I activated the root of the thumb (Fig. 35) and the toes which reduced
her neck pain immediately. Then I advised her to rotate the thumb and toes
slowly clockwise and anti-clockwise, which is equivalent to neck exercises.
On the second
day, I did neck-balancing and she was totally relieved of her neck pain.
On the third day, the same treatment was repeated and she was all smiles
with no pain to report.
cervical spondlytis is caused due to constant tension and stress accumulated
over a period of time. The neck muscles get stiff due to tension and medulla
massage will help a lot in relieving the tension.
In one of my Yoga
classes, I noticed a lady who seemed to have a problem sitting up erect
for a few minutes of meditation. She told me that she had been suffering
from back-ache for nearly three years and that on that particular day it
was severe. I
activated the painful point on the spinal reflexes on the feet (Fig. 36).
To her total surprise the pain vanished immediately. She told us all that
she had heard of miracle cure by saints and that this cure was the first
time ever she saw a miracle happen. I clarified that it was the activation
of those points which had released the blockage in the channel and that
had relieved the pain; there was no miracle involved.
The spine has
to be kept in a perfect condition if one wants to avoid back-aches in the
later stages. After all, as they say, a man is only as strong as his back.
exercises explained in this should be worked out everyday as an insurance
against back-ache. Acupres sure can effectively cure back-aches, but one
has to exercise as a preventive measure, especially when the back is involved.
Reducing a potbelly by walking will certainly reduce the chances of getting
one of those troublesome days, my wife complained of terrible pain in the
abdomen. I immediately activated the reflex points in and around the ankle
bone for a few minutes (Fig. 37).
Abnominal pain during periods
After a while
she was up and told me that her pain had vanished. She became
a firm believer of the system
to take her trainingseriously. She has always beena great cook with that
littletasty something in her hands. She now also has a cure for you-name-it
on her finger-tips.
It is always
better to have a thorough check-up with the doctor for any pain in the
body. Some injuries or diseases need medicinal help.
gets a catch somewhere in the body, especially in the back, it becomes
unbearable and one will not be able to bend or just do anything. It happened
to me once. It was in spite of my daily exercise and yoga, and I could
not believe it could happen to me. A
close friend of mine expressed in disbelief, saying such a thing could
never happen to me. But, there I was, as helpless and stuck as you could
my friend to activate the LI-4 point (Fig. 38) which was terribly painful.
In just a few minutes, I could feel the catch vanishing, without the help
of any tablet or balm.
the faces of the hundreds of people, whom I had treated thus far with Acupressure,
I had never been able to visualise the relief they felt. On that day, I
realised it was His intention to get me to feel what acupressure relief
really was like.
From my personal
experience with Yoga Therapy and Acupressure Cure, it is possible to be
healthy and happy with less medicinal intake in spite of the terrible pollution
in the big cities. Yet for infectious diseases, it is a must to resort
to medicines and one should never hesitate to seek medical help from professional
Experience with Acupressure - as
narrated by my colleague at ISRO - Mrs. Malaramani, ISTRAC
I had undergone
the Acupressure Course conducted during November 1992, in Rajajinagar,
Bangalore and I would like to share my own experience with the readers.
As a matter
of fact, I joined the course expecting to find some relief from my chronic
headache. I was also bothered by disturbed sleep, knee-pain, leg-pain,
back-ache etc. Our doctor had noted that my Blood Pressure was low.
Today, I can
happily say that I have been able to get rid of all those problems and
I feel more energetic and vibrant in my day-to-day activities, thanks to
acupressure. I have not taken any medicine for any ailment after attending
vanished within two months of overall activation of palms and fingers.
I used to activate the upper-feet to get good sleep.
I have been
able to get rid of my back-ache and
leg-pain by activating the spine and leg reflex points. I have been able
to normalise my BP, and the difference before and after the course is remarkable,
by activating the St-l0 on the throat region (Fig. 39).Under the Course
Directors instructions I activated the Knee-reflexes on the ear and my
knee-pain vanished. Activating the seventh cervical reflex point on the
feet helped me in getting over my shoulder pain.
The most valued
of all results, was my success in getting rid of my glasses (spectacles)
which I had been wearing because of Head-ache and a small number -0.5 on
both the eyes. I used to activate the eye reflex points and the points
around the eye socket.
I learnt from
experience, that by pressing and releasing the ear lobes and around the
ear for three to five minutes before going to bed induces sleep and I get
some extra freshness in the morning.
- Experience as narrated by Mr. P Soma, Engineer, ISTRAC,Bangalore.
Ballpoint Pen Pressure cures back-ache
At a residential
Meditation Camp that I once attended in December 1993, while I was taking
a walk with my brother-in-law, I came across a person in the camp frantically
in search of a doctor and some relief from his severe back-ache.
No doctor was
around, and I was fresh from an Acupressure Course conducted by Mr. H.
Bhojraj and Mr. Reddy. I offered to try acupressure of the ear, with no
assurance of cure. The person was desperate and willingly permitted to
let me work on his ear.
With a ballpoint
activated the ear points corresponding with the back and spine, for about
three minutes (Fig.40). This done, I continued my walk and soon the episode
was out of my mind.
surprise awaited us both at dinner-time. The stranger whom I had treated
with Acupressure approached us with a grateful and beaming smile. He told
us that his back-ache had left him within minutes of my activating the
ear-points and that he was fully relieved. He asked me if my ball-pen had
any magic in it.
I told him
about acupressure and showed him how the ear could be manipulated to cure
back-aches. He thanked me several times for relieving him of the agony,
particularly when medical assistance was not available.
I must be thankful
for my acupressure training which came to the rescue of a stranger in distress.
It is indeed a boon to humanity and no efforts should be spared in trying
to spread this system to the nook and corner of our country.
Case Histories, see News Letters
is suggested that one can try these techniques after formal training
or consultation with the Author.
Author does not hold any responsibility for what so ever if practiced without