Acupressure is a superior therapeutic ability against various disease disorders. Acupressure is an acupuncture type. Both acupressure and acupuncture are based on the same basic concept of meridian-acupoint stimulation. Muscular stress is released in acupressure by applying hand pressure at specific acupoints or thumb pressure at specific points or by applying pressure to acupoints to control the physiological energy flow.2 Acupressure demands the application of physical pressure at trigger points/acupoints / specific pressure points located along the meridians. Meridians are the human body channels that help to sustain Qi and therefore steady health conditions. Each meridian is linked to multiple human body organs and tissues. Pressure activation of a particular point on meridian promotes pain relief at the local site and also decreases pain from other areas of the body.3 It is a pressure point, a hand-mediated energy healing technique that, along with beneficial physical comforts, satisfaction, and economy, is recognized as a useful tool for treating different symptoms. As a whole, to facilitate the well-being of patients, acupressure is a manually controlled, needle-free, non-invasive, cost-effective, and non-pharmacological healing intervention.
A cluster of pressure points is the entire human body.5 Acupoint is the point nearest to the surface of the skin and the primary step of acupressure is the activation of the acupoint.6 Stimulation of identified acupoints is known to induce functional responses that can be used to treat diseases.7 Acupoints are any particular points of acupressure for needle insertion; There are often areas of high electrical conductance on the surface of the body. Every acupoint has a different sensation depending on the part of the body that suffers from pain or a particular problem. Simply stated, various effects are caused by the application of pressure at various points.8
Mechanism of action
Acupressure transfers pleasurable impulses to the brain four times faster than unpleasant stimulation at a specific stage. Continuous impulses close down the neural ‘GATES’ and slower pain signals are blocked from accessing the brain and help to boost or increase the body’s pain tolerance threshold.9 Pressure generation stimulates the small myelin nerves in the muscles depending on the stimulus position and transmits stimuli to the higher nerve centers, including the spinal cord, midbrain, hypothalamus, and pituitary. Magnetoencephalography (MEG) studies demonstrated the conditioning during acupressure of the primary somatosensory response. In addition to the sub-cortical impact on endogenous pain management, acupressure often can influence primary somatosensory perception and likely change maladaptive neuroplasticity.10 Auricular acupressure (AA) is a non-invasive technique similar to reflexology in which endocrine functions are effectively enhanced. It is believed to exert its effects on the auricle of the ear by activating the central nervous system via the cranial/spinal nerves.
Biochemical mechanism of acupressure.
The biochemical acupressure process includes the stimulation of acupoints leading to complex neurohormonal responses.11 This includes the counteraction between the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis leading to cortisol overproduction and triggering a reaction to relaxation. It also modulates the physiological response by increasing the delivery of endorphin and serotonin through nerves and meridians to the brain and specific organs.12 Restorative meridian acupressure helps to adjust the concentration of stress hormones and lactic acid after exercise.13 Specifically in the case of the respiratory function, acupressure plays a moderating role. Activation of acupoint activates myelinated neural fibers that stimulate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, leading to the release of β-endorphins from the hypothalamus into the spinal fluid and pituitary into the bloodstream, respectively. Thus, the analgesic and sedative effect of β-endorphins facilitates the normal respiratory function of the patient.
Grounding means reconnecting the conductive human body to the normal and subtle electrical surface charge of the Earth, an effortless lifestyle practice that systemically affects the body’s fundamental bioelectrical function. Doing so stabilizes the physiology remarkably, decreases inflammation, pain, and stress, increases sleep, blood flow, and lymphatic/venous return to the heart, and creates greater well-being. There are structural consequences that are profound. People also say that they feel and look safer and younger after they begin Grounding. Many with pain experience less pain.14 Even morale improves.15 Grounding is simple to do and, especially for people with chronic health problems, often produces fast results.
There are two fundamental forms of Grounding: 1) indoors, involving inexpensive Grounding systems while sitting or sleeping (conductive mats, sheets, body bands, or patches), and 2) in its most natural form, and free, by spending time outdoors barefoot in contact with natural conductive surfaces, such as grass, dirt, gravel, stone, and sand.
Grounding, due to the human lifestyle, restores a primordial electrical link to the planet lost over time. Grounding seems to correct what we call an “electron deficiency syndrome,”16 an overlooked and possibly main cause of different health circumstances.
Grounding is a powerful method for preventing and rehabilitating health and healing, a technique that can be used on its own or in combination with clinical therapies to alleviate not only symptoms but root causes of symptoms and dysfunction that begin at the
physiology’s deep bioelectric levels.
Reconnect to the Earth
It is now time for the medical community to begin to understand that a body attached to the ground is equally more secure and healthier than a grounded body. It works more naturally, as humans have become increasingly detached from the Planet, a condition lost over time. Obviously, we no longer sleep on the grass, rarely walk outside barefoot, and almost exclusively wear insulating plastic sole shoes for more than half a century instead of conventional and conductive leather footwear. We live and work, spending most or most of our time disconnected, often in high rises well above ground.
The lack of contact with the Earth can lead to electrical imbalances, the accumulation of destructive static electricity (positive charges), and an unrecognized deficit of electrons in the body, as well as susceptibility to malfunction, disease, and disorder. As is well known, Planet Earth’s surface is electrically influenced by countless lightning bolts, solar radiation, and other dynamics of the atmosphere. However, it is not so well understood that these phenomena give our land masses and water bodies a continually refreshed supply of subatomic particles called free electrons that give the Earth a normal negative electrical charge. Biological Grounding research indicates that for both the animal and plant kingdoms, this very same electrical charge, and its infinite supply of electrons and their diurnal frequencies, plays a governing and nurturing function, a form of “electrical nutrition,” so to speak. The research results have endorsed the hypothesis that Grounding enables a substantial transfer of free electrons into the body, resulting in rapid physiological changes, often instantaneous. Grounding preserves and retains an internal electrical condition that is normal. A few years ago, Sokal and Sokal, two Polish doctors and scholars, conducted a series of experiments and concluded that the human body is a “universal controlling force in Nature” Bioelectric, bioenergetic, and biochemical processes are highly regulated and tend to have a significant modulating effect on chronic diseases and dysfunction.
Grounding Combined with Acupressure
External biological stimulation triggers electrical and chemical reactions that influence important biological activities in human life. In Oriental medicine, acupressure is also considered to induce such reactions, thereby allowing unbalanced physiological situations to return to normal balanced physiological conditions. In Western medicine, the physiological theory of acupressure has been explained as a mechanism for cytology-based nerve and endocrine cell control.19 The sensory system is activated by the sensory or nerve receptor neural complex in the process of acupressure. 20 However, while acupressure stimulation results in brain responses, it may not be accurate for all acupressure responses to occur only through the nervous system, because the biological response to external stimulation through the nervous system is much faster than is possible. This indicates that biological systems other than the nervous system could be involved in acupressure reactions. As a result, acupressure may be called the movement of electrical energy into nervous or connective tissue.21
It has been stated that acupressure stimulation appears to produce ion-electric-charge, which is transmitted via various biological pathways. It is also well known that the effect of acupressure therapy depends on the electrical charge volume or the duration of acupressure stimulation. Regarding electricity, the acupressure stimulation of the Meridian circuit amplifies the small currents and voltages that this circuit produces. This electricity can result from the electrical potential due to the current produced by the stimulation of acupressure points by the acupressure needle or the chemical reaction between the acupuncture needle and the hypodermis.22 As it affects the distribution of ions and bioelectrical charges, the chemical reaction can be presumed to have the same effect as the electrical reaction.
Meridians may be known to be ion-electric-charge pathways. Blocking the ion-electric-charge results in an unbalanced negative and positive charge in a meridian, and hence pain and the generation of various diseases. Acupressure moves the excessive or insufficient state of the ion-electric-charge to allow good health to be restored. This suggests that acupuncture is closely linked to the transfer of bioelectrical charges. However, acupuncture based on meridian theory does not necessarily lead to consistent effective therapeutic outcomes. However, results in multiple therapeutic outcomes, namely acupressure and grounding provide an increased likelihood of effect with no potential consequences.
Acupressure has been widely used as a primary therapeutic technique due to its minimal side-effects and therapeutic efficacy. However, under conditions of acupressure that may affect the efficacy of acupressure therapy, the grounded response to acupressure stimulation has not been explicitly studied. To achieve the synergistic effect of desire, both strategies are used together in new worlds. This technique is creating a revolution in acupressure research. You know that small e-stim tools can be used by your acupuncturist to inject electrons into your body. With excessive load, we can target very precise areas that are as small as scars that can cause problems or harm to a specific part of the body.
This is a special Grounding acupressure probe. We should integrate these same electrons more globally with the equipment that affects the whole body. This gives us great flexibility to deal with specific concerns while addressing more global inflammatory or immune issues that patients have. Incorporating grounding with acupressure using a specialized probe makes it possible to precisely target the area of a specific meridian point. The user can choose the path and exit point for the body’s excess voltage and direct it though specific meridians to increase stimulation and assist in the unblocking process.
This process has main effects like:
The original anti-inflammatory effect
Reduction and even removal of chronic inflammation, a common cause or aggravating factor for chronic and aging-related diseases as well as pain, is one of the most important benefits of Grounding with acupressure.
Briefly, the hypothesis for this effect is as follows: free radicals are positively charged molecules (also known as reactive oxygen species, ROS) that strip electrons from healthy tissue, resulting in damage. In normal biochemistry, free radicals are formed, including the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the body’s energy molecule. Every cell generates free radicals in the billions every day. Grounding allows large amounts of free electrons to reach the body where free radicals are assumed to be neutralized. Nervous, meridian, and circulatory systems may be involved in the active mechanisms of electron transportation to an inflammation site. The influx of free electrons absorbed into the body is thought to act as a potent anti-inflammatory reinforcement for the immune system. Grounding usually reverses and does so quickly both acute and chronic inflammation.
Better blood flow
Better blood flow is another important recorded advantage of Grounding with acupressure. The potential of Zeta relates to the intensity of the negative charge on the red blood cell surface, a factor that preserves the spacing of the bloodstream cells. The higher the charge, the greater the cells’ ability to repel each other (less clumping), the lower the blood viscosity, and the stronger the flow. A normal blood-thinning effect is indicated by the increase measured in this analysis. The researchers concluded that Grounding with acupressure “reduces blood viscosity and clumping” and “appears to be one of the easiest but most in-depth steps to help minimize cardiovascular risk and cardiovascular incidents.”23
An additional bonus for users is that it is possible to complete these procedures quicker, getting them in and out of the clinic. Studies have shown that after about 25 minutes, the benefits of electro-acupuncture are maximized.
To prove the theory of acupressure, numerous experiments have been carried out. Most acupressure research, however, has concentrated on examining acupressure efficacy rather than the acupressure technique or stimulation process, all of which may affect acupressure efficacy. This study provided a breakthrough in the investigation of the principle of Grounding with acupuncture.
The electrical signals produced in the human body are transmitted to all parts of the body, causing electrical interference and, eventually, producing electrical potential in particular parts of the body. Analogously, in terms of grounding, the concept of acupressure might be clarified by the interaction of bioelectrical charges placed on a subject’s acupuncture points by an acupuncture grounding probe. The electrical response to acupressure stimulation was therefore studied. In this study by measuring the meridian electrical potential when the electrical grounding and insulation conditions vary between different acupressure procedures.
The idea of acupressure grounding could be described as the transfer of bioelectric charge between the earth and the subject to allow recovery from an unbalanced charge to a balanced charge. Depending on the capacitance at the acupressure points of the subject, the bioelectric charge could be charged or discharged by an operator using an earth acupressure probe. Depending on the topic, the operator’s charge or discharge of bioelectrical charge can result in distinct meridian electrical potential. This implies that the meridian property is subject-dependent and defines the quantity of bioelectric charge to be charged or discharged, as well as the bioelectric charge transfer path.
Depending on the electrical grounding conditions, MEPs have been found in positive, negative, and both directions. The effectiveness of the acupressure treatment can be calculated by the creation of an electrical circuit, the characteristics of which are calculated by the subject’s electrical grounding state, and the transfer of the bioelectric charge. We also checked that electrical grounding conditions are an essential factor in terms of clinical effectiveness that must be addressed when conducting an acupressure procedure.
Pearls of wisdom:
At the point of contact between the acupressure point and the probe, the electrical grounding condition of the subject and the conductivity of the acupressure needle determine the quantity and transfer direction of bioelectrical charges. The MEP could therefore be produced by a strong induction of bioelectrical responses to meridian acupressure stimulation. As a consequence, this research indicates that the conditions of electrical grounding lead to the creation of an electrical circuit and must therefore be considered during an acupressure operation. The electrical grounding conditions decide the MEP’s generation and pattern, which could affect the acupressure efficacy. In terms of electricity, the acupressure concept may be considered to be the transfer of the bioelectric charge through the acupressure probe from the subject to the ground.
Grounding combined with Acupressure is a non-invasive and non-pharmacological intervention with multidimensional functions and advantages. New findings substantiate the conventional arguments and confirm the usage of acupressure to treat various diseases without pain. The numerous patented devices and practices with applications in the treatment of different acute and chronic diseases. With modern devices, one can also change the pressure level. Grounding acupressure devices, in addition to pain-relief, deliver generous benefits of opioid absence and, therefore, no adverse effects. To help Grounding acupressure (CAM) and extend CAM therapies shortly, we need to shed more light on acupressure therapeutic functionalities and facilitate its practice through hospitals.
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