TCM – Acupuncture / Acupressure
Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupressure and acupuncture are identical in their approach to healing. Balancing life energy and vital substances that sustain and nourish the body is key to both practices. In TCM, energy balance must remain or be regained for the body to be healthy or create an environment for healing. When there is an imbalance in the flow of energy, called chi or qi, the animal may have either acute or chronic signs of ill health.
Both acupressure and acupuncture work with acupoints which are located along energetic pathways, known as meridians and extraordinary vessels. These acupoints are accessible to manipulation by either touch or the insertion of needles. The intent in stimulating acupoints is to support or restore the harmonious flow of chi and other vital substances.
The Distinction between Acupressure and Acupuncture
The most obvious difference between the two disciplines is that acupressurists rely on the use of hands, fingers, and elbows to stimulate specific acupoints. Acupuncturists use very thin needles that are inserted into the skin leaving the needle to perform the necessary movement of a blockage or stagnation. Both techniques can work effectively to address a number of conditions.