Everything You Need to Know About Acupuncture vs. Acupressure
January 7, 2020 at 5:00 AM
Body Care

You will likely see these services offered at several locations around Mission Viejo and beyond, as they become more common in the medical field each day.At the Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center, we have both services available to our patients. We believe that these practices are a form of love, as they promote self-healing, which is why we say “love is medicine.”While these ancient forms of medicine are being used as treatment for everything from allergies to bodily pain to mental disorders, what exactly are they and what is the difference between the two services?Before deciding which one is best for you, let’s talk a little bit more about each.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a practice that originated in ancient China. The practitioner inserts fine needles through the skin at defined points to treat diseases and ease pain. Acupuncturists use hair-thin, disposable needles on specific meridians (energy pathways) that run along the length of your body.

Acupuncture is one of our main services and can assist with a variety of issues including vertigo and dizziness, neck pain, migraines, low libido, insomnia, infertility, and more.

What is acupressure?

This treatment involves applying pressure to the same points on the body that are stimulated through acupuncture. No needles are involved, but the same therapeutic effects can be achieved. Instead of hair-like needles being placed in the skin, massage techniques are used to apply pressure to these areas.

Treatment such as our auriculotherapy services use acupressure to address your issue. We use this non-invasive service, which involves using small seeds to apply pressure on the ears, to help patients find relief from pain, anxiety, migraines, sleep disorders, among other concerns.

What are the major differences?

The main difference between the two forms of medicine is the execution of each practice. Acupressure uses firm pressure and massage techniques to stimulate the meridians or acupoints. On the other hand, acupuncture uses hair-thin needles to stimulate the same meridians or acupoints. So, the bottom line is that one uses needles and one uses pressure.However, both forms of treatment are virtually pain free and both can be used to treat a number of the same ailments including headaches and migraines, depression, anxiety, allergies, pain, and more.

How do these treatments work?

While having pressure applied to certain areas of your body might sound relaxing on its own, there is actually a reason these techniques offer you relief.During both acupuncture and acupressure, we are promoting self-healing in your body by increasing the circulation of blood and lymph, as well as by releasing endorphins.Endorphins are hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system that have numerous physiological functions, one of those being they act as a natural stress and pain reliever.

We’re Here to Help You!

Both acupuncture and acupressure can have major benefits when it comes to diverse health issues.Whether you are looking for acupuncture services, acupressure services, or just additional information these now mainstream treatments, our team would be happy to talk to you further. Give us a call today.