Travis Buckmaster, L.Ac., PC
Amy Gendron, AP
Richard Mandell, Lic.Ac.
Acupuncture is not the same thing as acupressure. Acupuncture uses needles on certain points of our bodies and the needles will be retained for around 30 mins. Of course, they penetrate the skin, and the effect is stronger and lasts longer. Acupressure is a stimulation of the points with the hand. It helps somewhat but the effects are not very strong nor do they last long.
Dr. Maryam Mansouri, Lac., OMD.
An acupoint in the human body can be stimulated with different methods. Acupuncture and acupressure are both methods used to stimulate acupoints. In comparison, acupuncture uses a hair-thin needle to stimulate acupoints whereas acupressure uses a firm pressure to massage the acupoints. Acupuncture triggers a stronger stimulation to activate the body’s innate healing ability than does acupressure.
Thank you for your inquiry.
They are not done at the same time - it's one or the other at any given appointment.
Acupressure = point + pressure.
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Dr. Daisy Dong
The short answer is yes and no. Acupuncture and acupressure are not the same because in acupuncture, needles are used to stimulate a particular point on a meridian. In acupressure, a finger is used to apply pressure on the same point to in order to stimulate it.
Most stimulation points are the same both in acupuncture and acupressure. An acupuncturist may stimulate a point either by applying pressure to the point or by needling it, both method can be used simultaneously. An acupressure therapist is not allowed to use needles, unless they are licensed to do so.
Acupressure and Acupuncture both help balance the body's energy system, the acupuncture is more invasive by definition (because it penetrates the skin) and more can be done with the acupuncture i.e. moxa on needle, needle techniques to manipulate deeper or more releasing. Also, needles can be retained for a combination treatment where only a few points can be touched at a time.
One is not necessarily better than the other, it just depends on the patient and practitioner as it would for any modality.
No, Acupuncture and Acupressure are not the same thing, however they may both be used to treat a condition. Acupuncture is done via using tiny needles to insert in Acupuncture points of the body. Acupressure on the other hand... is applying pressure to acupuncture points for period of time to stimulate the energy in the body to bring about relief of a condition. Acupuncture and Acupressure can be done at the same time, however not to the same points. The difference is Acupressure is non-invasive while Acupuncture is invasive. During Acupuncture the needle is inserted directly into the acupuncture points by puncturing the skin when applied. Acupressure can be done by anyone as long as they know the points and the indication of those points, while Acupuncture must be performed by a licensed Acupuncture physician. You can reach out to an Acupuncture Physician in your area and request a free consultation. The Physician may be able to show you the difference of both. I hope this may be of help. Good Luck!