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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.

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With your hands you have potential to relieve everyday aches, pains and ailments without taking drugs, to improve your health, and to increase your vitality. Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to stimulate key points on the skin that, in turn, activate the body's natural self-healing processes. With this book, it is a skill you can learn now--and use in your own home.
In "Acupressure's Potent Points, Michael Reed Gach, founder and director of the Acupressure Institute of America, reveals simple techniques that enable you to relieve headaches, arthritis, colds and flu, insomnia, backaches, hiccups, leg pain, hot flashes, depression, and more--using the power and sensitivity of your own hands.
This practical guide covers more than forty ailments and symptoms, from allergies to wrist pain, providing pressure-point maps and exercises to relieve pain and restore function. Acupressure complements conventional medical care, and enables you to take a vital role in becoming well and staying well. With this book you can turn your hands into healing tools--and start feeling good now.
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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: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I've been somewhat heavily interested and researching about acupressure massage and other bodywork therapies for the past coupe of years and this has been the best book on the practical applications of acupressure for self help purposes I've seen. I've effectively used this book to relieve common ailments such as headaches, eye fatigue, neck stiffness/soreness, shoulder pain, upper and lower back aches, knee pains, etc. I myself being relatively young and in good health have no serious or chronic illnesses or pain, but I do practise a variety of sport like basketball, gymnastics, and martial arts and have often suffered from soreness and injuries, and this stuff works, but you shouldn't accept a complete guarantee that this will cure your problems, but it should help for most I believe. I recommend for skeptics that you try to get this book from the library first, or give it a quick read at a local bookstore. Go through a section that you have problems/pain in and try them out at home. If you like it, buy the book. It can be a great reference and help for everyone.

Also, I would like to comment on the review "snakeoil". I have been doing research about Michael Reed Gach and other acupressure instructors/practitioners and the so called "movement", and I do realize the skepticism because there are a lot of sham new age quacks out there preaching cures and other bogus messages, but acupressure is effective and can work for most people. Many acupoints are small and cannot be effectively used with just the fingers, but most of the basic/major ones can be. Just look at Japanese Shiatsu massage or Chinese Tunia massage, they both use acupoint/acupressure, and most acupuncturist teach acupressure to their patients to be used between acupuncture sessions.
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I opened this book to the page on carpal tunnel syndrome and within 5 minutes of doing one simple exercise, my hand felt better than it had in 4 years! Easy to read format, great layout and very thorough!
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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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I experience sciatica pain, severe muscle tension, and migraine headaches. This book has provided me with exercises and self-treatments that allow me to continue pursuing the active lifestyle I enjoy. A little time invested in acupressure saves a great deal of discomfort and pain, all without the use of OTC and prescription drugs.
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