“Alternative” medicine is usually grouped in a category that still remains seen as “unscientific,” thus leaving it out of the accepted treatment category in modern day medicine. One of these treatments is acupuncture, or acupressure.
It’s generally held that acupuncture originated in China, while in fact acupuncture is mentioned in documents that date from a few hundred years ago all the way up to the Common Era. Even sharpened stones and bones from approximately 600 BCE have been interpreted as instruments for acupuncture and treatment. (1)
Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. Acupressure uses the same ideas and belief systems and stems from the idea of acupuncture, without inserting any needles.
Here’s one possible way you can relieve your headache and stress without resorting to a pill:
Squeeze the fleshy place between your index finger and your thumb, known as the Hoku spot in Chinese medicine. By applying firm pressure there for just 30 seconds you can often reduce stress and tension, often working wonders for Headaches. Press and hold the point until pain subsides and you feel the muscles relax.
The Validity of Acupuncture
“Documents discovered in the Ma-Wang-Dui tomb in China, which was sealed in 198 BCE, contain no reference to acupuncture as such, but do refer to a system of meridians, albeit very different from the model that was accepted later. Speculation surrounds the tattoo marks seen on the ‘Ice Man’ who died in about 3300 BCE and whose body was revealed when an Alpine glacier melted. These tattoos might indicate that a form of stimulatory treatment similar to acupuncture developed quite independently of China.” (source)
A book dating back to 100 BCE, titled The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, describes a system of acupuncture. A text that was handed down from generation to generation, over centuries.
“The concepts of channels (meridians or conduits in which the Qi (vital energy or life force) flowed are well established by this time, though the precise anatomical locations of acupuncture points developed later.” (source)
I’m just trying to make it clear that acupuncture has been described in various texts in the centuries before us, by multiple cultures, and eventually became one of the standard health practices in China.
For the rest of the story: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/09/29/relieve-your-headache-stress-with-acupressure-in-30-seconds/