As per modern perception, acupressure believed to stimulate the central nervous system to release chemicals that support the body’s natural healing ability for overall well being.
Applying gentle pressure on precise acupoints believes to stimulate the central nervous system (i.e. the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals either reduce the pain or release other chemicals, such as hormones, that influence the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well being.
Scientific study on acupressure mode of action
Electromagnetic signal’s conduction: Western scientists have found evidence that stimulating acupoints enables electromagnetic signals to conduct at is the greatest rate than under normal conditions. This signal conduction may enhance the flow of pain killing bio-chemicals (such as endorphins) and immune-system cells to specific locations that are injured or vulnerable to disease.
Opioid activation: research shows that several types of opioids may release into the central nervous system during acupressure treatment, thereby reducing pain.
Changes in Brain chemistry and involuntary body functions: studies have shown that acupressure may alter brain chemistry and releases neurotransmitters and neurohormones in a good way. It also affects the parts of the central nervous system connecting to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes whereby a person's blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature are regulating.
The Traditional Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface called meridians. It is considering as Energy Rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues.
If there is any restriction in the meridian path, then gentle pressure (acupressure) on certain precise acupoint may built up back pressure (similar to dams) and once the applied pressure is released, it can flush out the block and reestablishes the regular flow. Acupressure treatments can help the body organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their vital energy through the meridians.
This improved energy and biochemical balance achieved by acupressure results in encourages the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional wellbeing.