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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (November 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553349708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553349702
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The technique of using acupressure to relieve pain has been around for 5000 years and even predates acupuncture. It is possible to learn to perform acupressure on oneself by following the well-illustrated instructions and diagrams in this book. Two clearly written chapters give the history, theory behind the technique, and some general instructions, followed by 40 chapters which cover specific disorders--acne, insomnia, shoulder tension, etc.--and how acupressure can help relieve them. There is also a glossary. Libraries that don't have other works on this subject will want this one; those that do will still want to consider this as a worthy additional purchase.
- Natalie Kupferberg, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., New York
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Michael Reed Gach, PhD, Dipl ABT, founded the Acupressure Institute in 1976, one of the leading international training schools in Asian bodywork. Gach is a national expert on acupressure therapy and has taught over 100,000 people from all over the world. He is also the originator of Acu-Yoga, a self-healing system of exercises that integrates acupressure and yoga. Gach received his PhD from Columbia Pacific University in health and human services.

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Michael Reed Gach, PhD, Dipl ABT, founded the Acupressure Institute in 1976, one of the leading international training schools in Asian bodywork. Gach is a national expert on acupressure therapy and has taught over 100,000 people from all over the world. He is also the originator of Acu-Yoga, a self-healing system of exercises that integrates acupressure and yoga. Gach received his PhD from Columbia Pacific University in health and human services.Beth Ann Henning, Dipl ABT, is the founder and director of Tao Institute Inc., located in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She has studied with various teachers and spiritual leaders, and holds certifications in various modalities including Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, Reiki, acupressure therapy, herbology, Acu-Yoga, Shotakan karate, Shazen somatic therapies and esoteric theory.

Customer Reviews

This book is very easy to understand and follow.
Juan C
Pressure points are easy to locate using the clear illustrations and photos.
James Beverly
It also helped my lower back, as well as my migraines and sinus problems.
K. LORI

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280 of 287 people found the following review helpful By Susan Nelson on April 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
In a nutshell, Acupressure's Potent Points: a Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments shows the reader how they can use acupressure on themselves to relieve stress related problems.

So what exactly is acupressure? Well, its an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press on key points on the surface of the skin- which in turn stimulates the body's natural self-curing abilities. More specifically, when these points are pressed on for several minutes, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force to aid healing. If at this point you're wondering how acupressure differs from ACUPUNCTURE, well, there's not much difference- the same points are used for both, its's just that one uses needles and the other uses your fingers.

And just what makes these acupressure points or "potent points" so special? Well, as the book explains, they are places on the skin that are especially sensitive to bioelectrical impulses in the body and conduct these impulses readily. So, by stimulating these points with your fingers, you're triggering the release of endorphins (your body's natural pain killers) which blocks the pain. This in turn increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the affected area which promotes healing and causes the muscles to relax.

Neat huh? This kind of info is covered in Part I of the book. Part II, which is about 85% of the book, covers the acupressure points themselves and the techniques for the specific ailments- and boy do they cover the ailments! Just about everything you can imagine is covered from acne to fainting to shoulder tension.
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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Joy Gatewood Fulton on November 30, 2004
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I was skeptical of acupressure and only bought the book because my massage therapist uses it along with trigger point massage. I took it with me on a recent vacation. On the plane, I found that there were guided procedures to use for sinus problems and another set for earaches. I am always sniffling and my ears always hurt when the plane lands. I followed the procedures and found I could breathe out of my left nostril easily - for the first time in years (without any drugs). Also, my ears did not hurt when the plane landed and I could hear right away. These two things alone are worth the price of the book to me.
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By J. Eure on January 28, 2004
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This is a very useful reference for anyone interested in playing an active part in healing themselves. Just look up your complaint (headache, nausea, etc) and the book provides several points that may help, along with a description of the points, their names and what they are specifically helpful for. The book also provides detailed instructions and photos to help you get the proper position of the points. Very easy to use and understand.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By K. LORI on April 4, 2007
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BUY THIS BOOK!!! I can't say enough great things about this book! With it's easy-to-understand text and helpful pictures, it's amazing how quickly you can be on the road to better health. After just one session, my sciatic nerve was no longer causing me pain. It also helped my lower back, as well as my migraines and sinus problems. While it's true that this isn't meant as a substitute for medical treatment, acupressure does work, and in just a few minutes. Almost instant relief without doctor visits and/or medication!! This book truly covers many of the aches and pains we tend to "just live with" every day. It also has treatments for emotional issues, such as anxiety, stress, and depression, to name a few. It's well worth the price: you can't even see a doctor for $13.60. In fact, I bought this book because I needed an alternative approach to pain management, as I don't have medical insurance. I'm so impressed with this book, I've bought 3 more copies for friends, and will continue buying more until everyone I know who needs one, has a copy. If you've been suffering with chronic pain like I did for years, please do yourself a favor and buy this book.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1998
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I found this book to be a very accessible, user-friendly handbook for anyone interested in developing their ability to support and maintain their health and well-being. Exceptionally easy to find your way around, Part I introduces the basics of acupressure, and general guidelines for practicing self-acupressure. Part II details techniques for specific ailments, assisted by clear illustrations of points and where to locate them, as well as photographs showing how to use pressure on them. There are appendices with charts in the back summarizing all the points and cross-referenced to each chapter where they are utilized. Over a period of time, the reader gradually becomes more familiar with the points, and adept at locating and using them. I have definitely found the recommended treatments helpful.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Tarret@aol.com on February 11, 1999
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This review may be somewhat premature since I am just now ordering the book for myself. However, I would like to share a success story. My mother has suffered from a chronic cough for more than twenty years. She has seen every type of specialist, tried inhalers, cough syrups, pills, diets, and every other kind of treatment that any of these specialists could come up with. And still she coughed - constantly, day and night. My daughter-in-law has this book, found a "potent point" for coughing and showed Mom where to "push" following the illustrations. Now, whenever Mom starts coughing, she applies pressure. Her cough is stopped immediately. Needless to say, her Doctor is amazed, we are thrilled, and to me this one treatment alone is worth 10 stars. I can't wait to receive the book.
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