When folks get fed up with “scientific” methods for changing their appearance, they often look towards more traditional medical practices. These alternative medicines have grown quite popular over the years, sometimes providing relief where no other products have.
Lately, rumors have popped up about acupressure’s effects on height, with some patrons swearing that they’ve grown by inches since beginning the controversial therapy. In the article below, we aim to clear the fog surrounding this ancient branch of medicine, as well as take a glance at any possible effects it may have on a person’s height.
What Is Acupressure?
Acupressure is part of a branch of ancient healing practices that modern physicians refer to as “alternative medicines.” This particular practice has its roots in Chinese culture and can be traced almost 3,000 years into the past. First mentioned in texts from the Shang dynasty, these ancient people were even then outlining the system that we today refer to as acupressure.
Often compared to acupuncture due to their many similarities, acupressure is based on the idea of “meridians.” The Chinese thought that these meridians connected the energy that they thought was flowing through our bodies. A lot of folks have heard of this energy referred to as “qi,” which is the old school name for what could almost be called a “life force.”
The idea behind acupressure is that the meridians or “energy flows” get blocked from time to time, and the accurate application of physical pressure at certain points of the body can clear these blockages, restoring your energy and well-being.
Blockages of energy have in the past been used as explanations for a load of different ailments. Everything from sore joints to headaches has at one point had it’s supposed origins in the body’s natural flow of energy (at least if these ancient practitioners are to be believed). And there’s loads of evidence to suggest that, at least as a placebo, the practice can provide relief for specific issues.
Are There Any Dangers?
The dangers tend to be in the misdiagnosis of other illnesses. Because acupressure blames so many different problems on energy, it often convinces believers that their problems just need to double down on these traditional healing methods for their ailments to be cured. Meanwhile, medical issues that haven’t been properly diagnosed by a “modern” medical professional can go ignored and untreated, causing much bigger problems than they would have if caught early on.
The practice of acupressure itself tends to be relatively gentle, non-invasive, and safe. A trained acupressurist will apply a small to moderate amount of pressure on areas of your body that “contain” the issues. It presents almost no real danger in practice.
Is the Practice Any Good?
As mentioned above, there’s a slew of evidence showing that problems related to chronic pain have been successfully cured by this practice. In more modern times, physicians have had great success with acupressure in helping chemotherapy patients manage their nausea.
Psychologists have even gotten into the game, reporting positive effects for patients with chronic anxiety or stress when they’ve been subjected to acupressure. Psychologists, in particular, tend to be convinced that the positive results from this practice stem from the placebo effect.
Unfortunately, without evidence, we’re still left guessing as to what it is precisely about the practice that causes these positive effects.
What’s The Effect on My Height?
Frankly, not a whole lot, at least if the modern medical establishment is to be believed. Our bones stop growing once we’ve reached our early to mid-20s, and unfortunately all the pressure points in the world won’t change that.
Furthermore, acupressure specialists themselves don’t even make this claim and suggest the practice for more common ailments like headaches and muscle pain. If you’re really trying to find a method for building height that works, there are plenty of better places to look.
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