Any people seem to think that the value of a therapy is determined by its efficacy: a treatment that is highly efficacious must be better than one that is less efficacious. Others seem to believe that it is the safety of a therapy which matters most: a treatment that causes no or few side effects must be good, one that has many is bad.
Such notions might appear logical, but they are mistaken. Things are usually more complicated. Some treatments can cause extremely serious side effects but are still extremely valuable. An example would be chemotherapy; it often causes all sorts of awful problems but, if it saves cancer patients’ lives, it cannot be bad.
Other treatments might be virtually free of side effects, but they are nevertheless rubbish. Take crystal healing, for instance; it is hard to imagine that it causes any side effects but, as it also does not cure anything, it cannot possibly be a good therapy.
To determine the real value of a therapeutic intervention, we need to consider more than its efficacy alone and more than its safety alone. Obviously, we must look at the balance of the two factors.
When a new drug comes on the market, it has been tested thoroughly for efficacy; we therefore can be fairly sure that it works. But initially we know relatively little about its safety; in particular, we know little about possible rare side effects. Such knowledge requires data not just from the few hundred patients who took the drug when it was tested in efficacy trials, but we need data from a few hundred thousand patients.
To generate this information, drugs are monitored for side effects while they are used in routine practice. Should this ‘post-marketing surveillance’ throw up any serious problems, the drug might be withdrawn from the market.
But this only applies to conventional medicine. In alternative medicine things are different, sometimes dramatically different. As the value of any therapy is determined by its risk/benefit balance, we would ideally want to know the efficacy and the safety of alternative therapies too. Yet we often don’t know enough about either.
Alternative therapies have not been tested for efficacy before they come on the market; they usually were in use long before we had the idea of licensing and regulating drugs. Consequently, we have little or only incomplete knowledge about their efficacy.
On the safety side of the equation, things are even worse. There is no post-marketing surveillance of alternative therapies, and all we know about their risks comes from the occasional case report published in the medical literature. This means that under-reporting of harms is huge, and our data are just the tip of the iceberg.
It follows that any attempt at evaluating a risk/benefit balance of alternative therapies is highly problematic. We usually know too little about both determinants to even begin a reasonable estimation. All we can do in this situation is rely on rough estimates.
If any given therapy generates no benefit because it is not efficacious, we can be sure that its risk/benefit quotient can never be positive. Dividing any finite number for risk, however small, by zero gives an infinitely large figure. We can furthermore assume that, for any therapy that is only marginally efficacious and thus generates only a small benefit, even a very small risk would result in an unfavourable risk/benefit balance.
Finally, we can say that an alternative therapy that is known to cause serious harm, the benefit would need to be substantial for its risk/benefit balance to come out favourable.
And what about those alternative therapies for which we have not enough information to attempt even such rudimentary analyses? Alternative practitioners and their followers tend to think that we must give them the benefit of the doubt. This is a dangerously misguided view.
In the interest of our patients, we ought to consider any intervention to be inefficacious until we have good evidence to the contrary. Similarly, any therapy must be considered unsafe until the time we have sound data showing it is not unduly harmful. Giving alternative therapies the benefit of the doubt is therefore not an option.
Such talk is alarmist, claim fans of alternative medicine. After debating with them ad nauseam, I now have this challenge for them: show me your list of alternative therapies that demonstrably are associated with a favourable risk/benefit balance. Considering that there are more than 400 different alternative therapies and that most of them are used for a wide range of conditions, such a list could potentially be very long indeed.
But I will be modest: if you can list more than a dozen alternative therapies for specific conditions, I promise to never write about the risk/benefit balance of alternative medicine again.
Common Acupressure Points for Self Treatment are helpful to reduce day to day stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, back and neck pains, headache etc. You don’t have to be an expert of Acupressure to apply them. All you need to do is to know some applying techniques and timings of Acupressure Points. Applying pressure on some popular Acupressure Points on a regular basis will help you to treat yourself with Acupressure Points for Self Treatment.
Acupressure Points for Self Treatment should be stimulated in daily routine to get relief from the problem. You have to apply pressure on a few Acupressure Points for 3 to 5 minutes every day for relieving various pains and disorders. You should keep in mind that the pressure must not be so much that give you pain on that part. The pressure on Acupressure Point must be bearable and gentle that can release the energy flow in your body.
Acupressure Points are generally situated on various parts of body. But some pressure points are major points that can only be stimulated by experts. There are several most common and popular Acupressure Points that can be used for Self Treatment. Acupressure Points for Self Treatment are mostly situated on Hands, Feet and some other spots on body.
· Hand Acupressure Points
· Foot Acupressure Points
· Leg Acupressure Points
· Abdominal Acupressure Points
· Face Acupressure Points
Most Common Acupressure Points for Self Treatment (mentioned above) can be explained in detail as under:
Acupressure Points on Hand are very helpful for Self Treatment. There are a few common pressure points situated on Hand which should be stimulated regularly as Self Treatment. Applying pressure on Hand Acupressure Points for Self Treatment will help in reducing many pains and problems. Hand Acupressure Points includes the following common pressure points:
Hand Valley Point:
Acupressure Hand Valley Point is most popular Acupressure Point that can heal various problems in human body. The Hand Valley Point is situated in between your Thumb and Pointer Finger. The exact spot where you find the Hand Valley Point is an active place between the Thumb and Index Finger. Applying pressure on Hand Valley Point on a regular basis will help you to remove excess heat from body, reduce Stress, Headache, Migraine, Tooth ache, Shoulder tension, Neck pain, Constipation problem etc.
Base of Thumb Point:
Acupressure Base of Thumb Point is one of the most common points for Self Treatment. The Base of Thumb point is situated in base of your thumb above the wrist. Find the Base of Thumb Acupressure Point as displayed in below picture. Apply firm pressure on Base of Thumb Acupressure Point on a regular basis to get relief from Breathing problems, coughing etc.
Wrist Point 1:
Acupressure Wrist Point 1 is very useful to relieve stress. You can easily get rid of day to day stress in a few minutes by applying pressure on Wrist Point 1. Acupressure Wrist Point 1 is most commonly used Acupressure Point for Self Treatment by many people. Find the Wrist Point 1 on your wrist in line up with little finger. You can easily find the exact Wrist Point 1 as shown in below picture. Apply pressure on a regular basis to heal stress and improve your emotional state.
Inner Gate Point:
Acupressure Inner Gate Point is very helpful to relieve nausea. The Inner Gate Point is situated on your wrist. Find exact pressure point of Inner Gate Point at about three centimeters distance from wrist crease (bend). Find the Acupressure Inner Gate Point as displayed in picture below. Apply firm pressure on daily basis to get relief in indigestion problems, nausea, stomach pain and anxiety.
Large Intestine Point:
Acupressure Large Intestine Points is also a common pressure point helpful for Self Treatment. You have to find the Large Intestine Point by bending your one had from elbow and put it on your chest. Find the exact point by moving your thumb of another hand from elbow to inner side. Fond the Large Intestine Point as mentioned in picture below. Applying pressure on large intestine point will be beneficial for removing unnecessary moisture and surplus heat from body. Large Intestine Point also reduces waste of water from body.
Acupressure Points on Foot are also helpful for Self Treatment in day to day life. Some pressure points on Foot are easy to apply and get relief in many problems. Most Common Acupressure Points on Foot which are used as Self Treatment include the following points:
Big Rushing Point:
Acupressure Big Rushing Point is very popular pressure point to relieve headache. The Big Rushing Point is situated in the valley of Big Toe and Second Toe. The exact spot for Acupressure Big Rushing Point is at one and half inches distance from Toes in the valley between Big Toe and Second Toe. Find the Big Rushing Point as displayed in below picture. Apply pressure on Big Rushing Point on a regular basis for faster relief in Headache. Big Rushing Point also heals eyes tiredness and foot cramps.
Acupressure Above Tears Point is useful for Shoulder tension and sciatica. The Above Tears Point is situated on the webbing of last two Toes of your feet. You can easily find the exact point for Acupressure Above Tears Point at one inches distance from webbing of Fourth and Fifth Toe (on both feet). The picture of Above Tears Point is displayed below. Apply pressure on Acupressure Above Tears Point to get relief in Headache, Shoulder tension, Sciatica, arthritic pain and water retention.
Kidney 1 Point:
Acupressure Kidney 1 Point is also a popular pressure point which is generally used for Self Treatment. Many people apply the Kidney 1 Point to get relief in Headache and Neck pain. The Kidney 1 Point is situated on sole of your foot. Find the exact spot for Kidney 1 Point as displayed in picture below. Applying pressure on Acupressure Kidney 1 Point on a regular basis will help you to heal Headache, Dizziness, Neck pain, Loss of Consciousness, Nausea and Constipation.
Leg Acupressure Points:
Several Acupressure Points situated on leg are very effective in relieving many problems. The Leg Acupressure Points are important for healing the diseases through Self Treatment. Acupressure Points on Leg should be stimulated on daily basis to get faster benefits. The Leg Acupressure Points for Self Treatment include the following pressure points:
Three Mile Point:
Acupressure Three Mile Point is helpful to relieve stomach exhaustion. The Three Mile Point is situated below the Knee. You can find the Acupressure Three Mile Point at 2 inches below the knee cap on outer side of leg. Find the Three Mile Point as displayed in picture below. Apply pressure on Acupressure Three Mile Point for reducing stomach aches, stomach exhaustion and improving digestion strength.
Commanding Middle Points:
Acupressure Commanding Middle Points are very effective in relieving back pain and urinal problems. The Commanding Middle Points are situated at exact backside of knee cap. Find the Commanding Middle Points on Center of Back of Knee crease same as displayed in picture. Applying pressure on Acupressure Commanding Middle Points will relieve Back pain, Stiffness in Back, Sciatica, Neck pain, Arthritis in Back, relief in extra urination, etc.
Abdominal Acupressure Points:
Acupressure Points situated in abdominal area are very useful as well as effective in Self Treatment. The Abdominal Points are situated at different spots in Abdominal area which provide different benefits. Apply pressure on Abdominal Acupressure Points to get relief from many troubles. The Abdominal Acupressure Points for Self Treatment include following pressure points
Abdominal Sorrow Point:
Acupressure Abdominal Sorrow Point is beneficial in relieving indigestion and ulcer problems. The Abdominal Sorrow Point is situated above the Navel and below the last rib. You can find the Acupressure Abdominal Sorrow Point by starting from right line of earlobe at end of last rib of ribcage as displayed in picture below. Applying gentle pressure on Acupressure Abdominal Sorrow Point will help you in Self Treatment of ulcers, indigestion and pain in ribs.
Sea of Energy Point:
Acupressure Sea of Energy Point is helpful to relieve Gas, Constipation etc. The Sea of Energy Point is situated below the Belly button (Navel). You can find the Acupressure Sea of Energy Point about 2 centimeters below the Navel. The picture of Acupressure Sea of Energy Point is displayed below. Apply light pressure on Acupressure Sea of Energy Point to get Self Treatment of Digestive problems, abdominal pain, Gas, Lower Back pain, Constipation etc.
Face Acupressure Points:
Face Acupressure Points are very common pressure points for Self Treatment of Headache, Eyestrains, Indigestion, Ulcer pain, Sinus pain, Eye fatigue etc. Acupressure Face Points are very popular for relieving day to day common problems through Self Treatment. The Face Acupressure Points include following pressure points:
Third Eye Point:
Acupressure Third Eye Point is most popular point that is used by lots of people in daily routine as Self Treatment. The Third Eye Point is situated between the two eyebrows. The exact spot for Acupressure Third Eye Point is as displayed in below picture. Apply light pressure on Acupressure Third Eye Point every day to get relief in Headache, Ulcer pain, Hay Fever, indigestion and eyestrain.
Drilling Bamboo Points:
Acupressure Drilling Bamboo Points are very common points for Self Treatment of Sinus pain, Eye fatigue etc. The Drilling Bamboo Points are situated at ridge of the eyebrows. Find the Acupressure Drilling Bamboo Point at the spot where ridge of the eyebrows meet the bridge of the nose. The picture of Drilling Bamboo Points is as follows. Applying pressure on Acupressure Drilling Bamboo Points will be helpful in Eye fatigue, Headache, Pain in Eyes, Sinus pain etc.
Acupressure Points for Self Treatment NOTE:
Most Popular/Common Acupressure Points (described above) for Self Treatment of various diseases are very effective and easy to apply on a regular basis. Still it is advisable to learn the proper techniques of applying pressure. Kindly consult your family physician or an Acupressure Expert in case you have any doubt on applying Acupressure Points for Self Treatment.