Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique similar in principle to Acupuncture. It is based on the concept of
life energy which flows through "meridians" in the body. In
treatment, physical pressure is applied to trigger points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by
hand, by elbow, or with various devices.
in treatment may or may not be in the same area of the body as the targeted
symptom. The traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory for the selection of such points and their effectiveness
is that they work by stimulating the meridian system to bring about relief by rebalancing yin, yang and qi (also spelled "chi"). This theory is based on the paradigm of TCM.