It has been the ultimate aim of Sansthan to take the amazing, safe and inexpensive acupressure therapy to every nook & corner of India with a view to benefitting the teeming millions. In order to fulfill this objective, the Sansthan has coined the motto, “each one reach one, each one teach one, each one treat one”.
Sansthan has accordingly been organizing acupressure awareness programmes at various locations in the country in schools, colleges, offices, industrial establishments, work places, social organizations, village gatherings, etc. The aim is to make maximum number of people aware of acupressure therapy & to motivate them to learn the same & help in its further spread.
However, considering the vast population of the country, this is a daunting task for any one organization to carry out. This reach-out campaign can only be successful if various acupressure treatment centres affiliated to Sansthan chip in by also conducting such awareness programmes, not only at their centre level but at individual members level as well.
It is necessary that such awareness programmes are not conducted haphazardly, so as to avoid sending out a wrong message to the populace. These guidelines are therefore laid down in order to assist all concerned to conduct proper, systematic and smooth awareness programmes which can truly motivate and inspire.
It will be open to the organizer to improve upon or expand the scope of the programme as suggested here. However, the organizer would do well to keep the profile of the participants in mind while conducting the programme, keep it simple and endeavour to truly motivate in order to generate a chain effect.
It is recommended that the awareness programme be conducted as follows under the various heads as suggested. The total duration of such a programme should not generally exceed two hours, so as to maintain interest and prevent boredom from setting in at the introductory phase itself.
The participants should be briefly welcomed to the awareness programme. Thereafter, after introducing the Sansthan, its activities and achievements should be highlighted briefly. The local affiliated centre should also be introduced briefly. The aim here is to prepare the background for subsequent credibility and receptivity of the subject in the minds of the participants.
The following aspects of the Sansthan may be covered.
- Sansthan established in the year 1995 at Allahabad, U.P. with a view to providing free acupressure treatment to the ailing humanity, carry out research on cupressure and conduct acupressure training programmes.
- More than 20 lacs patients treated from 1995 to date free of cost. Include number f patients treated by local centre.
- More than 125 affiliate free treatment centers established all over the country.
- More than one lac students trained by Sansthan in the therapy to date.
- Original literature on acupressure extremely costly and not easily available in the country. Sansthan publishing books in various Indian languages at highly affordable prices. More than 65 books published by Sansthan so far. Quarterly research magazine “Acupressure/ Acupuncture Saraswati” being published since 2000.
- India’s first free acupressure hospital established at Allahabad in the year 2002.
- Sansthan conducting certificate, diploma and associated degree courses in acupressure on behalf of IGNOU and other universities.
What is Acupressure?
After a brief introduction to Sansthan, meaning & definition of acupressure should be explained.
The word ‘acupressure’ may be sub divided into two words, that is, ‘acu’ meaning needle and ‘ pressure’ meaning application of force. Acupressure therefore means a method of applying pressure by a pointed object on certain points on the human body. This pressure stimulates the point being pressed and brings the diseased state of the body into healthy state.
Principle of Correspondence/Similarity (Tulyarthta)
(References: Charak Ayurvedic Acupuncture Evam Acupressure, Chapter VIII – Ayurvedic Corresponding System; Maharishi Bhardwaj Ayurvedic Acupressure; Agnivesh Ayurvedic Acupressure)
Human Body on Palms
According to the principle of correspondence/similarity (tulyarthta), whatever is there in the cosmos has in some way resemblance to the human body. Similarly, there is resemblance between the human body and the palm. This forms the basis of acupressure treatment on the palms. This is elaborated below on the basis of parts and numbers.
- As the whole cosmos is one complete unit, similarly the human body is also one complete unit. In the same way as the human body is one unit, the palm is one unit in which the whole body can be represented.
- The human body has two clearly distinguishable parts, that is, front and back. The front part of the body is comparatively lighter than the back part. In the same way, front part of the palm is lighter in colour whereas the back part of palm is darker. The body can be easily bent forward while it is difficult to bend it backwards. Similarly, the palm can be folded forward as in fist but it is difficult to bend it backwards.
- In the arm, there are three joints, i.e., shoulder joint, elbow joint and wrist joint. In the leg also, there are three joints, i.e., hip joint, knee joint and ankle joint. Similarly, fingers of palm have three joints each, which show their similarity to arms and legs.
- The human body has four projections in the form of two arms and two legs. Similarly, the palm has four projections in the form of four fingers.
- Head is the fifth projection of the human body, which has two joints. Similarly, the palm has thumb as its fifth projection which also has two joints.
- In the human body, there is a broad central part, namely, the trunk which throws out the five projections, making a total of six parts. Similarly in the palm, there is a broad area representing the trunk and giving out five projections, making out a total of six parts.
- In the human body, the trunk is further divided into two parts by the diaphragm, i.e., into chest and abdomen. Similarly, the broad area of the palm may be divided into the upper bulging part representing the chest and the lower depressed part representing the abdomen. Thus on this basis, there are seven segments in both the human body and the palm.
- The whole body may be further divided into eight segments, namely, head, neck, chest, abdomen, two arms and two legs. Looking at the palm, we find two phalanges of the thumb representing head and neck; two parts of the broad area of palm, namely, upper bulging part and lower depressed part representing chest and abdomen; four fingers representing two arms and two legs. Thus, the palm has eight segments, again establishing similarity between the human body and the palm.
- The abdomen can further be sub divided into two parts separated by the navel, i.e., the upper and the lower abdomen. These two parts of the abdomen get naturally separated on the palm when the palm is bent at the knuckles. When these two sub divisions of the abdomen are taken into account, this makes for a total of nine segments in both the human body and the palm, thus fully establishing similarity (tulyarthta) between the human body and the palm.
Few Selected Examples of Correspondence/Treatment
Every single body part or an organ has a corresponding point/area on the palm. The lecturer should select few correspondences and illustrate the same with the help of his own palm, black board, overhead projector or computer projector. Few correspondences are given here as examples. The lecturer is free to modify or add to this list depending upon the time available.
- Frontal Headache. In frontal headache due to any reason, treatment should be given on correspondence shown as below.
- Eye Problems. Eye correspondence for disorders such as watering of eyes, burning, redness in eyes, weak vision, nodes on eyelids, ptosis of eyelids, etc.
- Nose Problems. Nose correspondence for problems such as blockage in nostrils, swelling, pain, nasal polyps, etc.
- Ear Problems. Ear correspondence for diseases of ear such as hard hearing, pain in ears, sounds in ears, pus formation, abscess, vertigo due to ear problem, etc.
- Mouth Problems. Mouth correspondence for various mouth related problems such as swelling or cuts in lips, toothache, sores on tongue, etc..
- Throat Problems. Throat correspondence for throat problems such as pain in throat, thyroid disorder, difficulty in swelling, cough, etc.
- Neck Problems. Neck correspondence for neck pain, stiff neck, cervical spondylitis, etc.
- Lower Back Problems. Lower back correspondence for lower back/lumbar pain, stiffness, lumbar spondylitis, etc.
- Chest Problems. Chest correspondence for chest pain, heaviness/discomfort in chest, etc.
- Abdominal Problems. Abdomen correspondence for right upper abdomen pain, spasm, heaviness/discomfort, etc.
- Problems of Arm & Leg Joints. Shoulder & knee correspondence for pain, stiffness, arthritis, etc. Treatment by methi seeds shown here.
Methods of Treatment
1. Press and check the painful points by jimmy/probe. If there is pain on pressing any point, then it indicates a disease related to that part of the body. Pressure should be given by any blunt instrument such as probe or jimmy shown as below. Pressure may be given 2-3 times in a day as per requirement. The amount of pressure is based upon the tolerance of the patient.
2. Treatment may be given at the required point(s) using magnets, seeds or colour. Application of methi seeds using paper tape is shown below.;
3. Ring Massage.
Carry out ring massage on the required corresponding finger, particularly for joints pain, or on all ten fingers for general treatment of all limbs & whole body. Move the ring up & down 3-4 times on the required or each finger, 2-3 times a day.
4. Massage by Hand Roller.
All t he acu points situated in palms may be massaged by hand roller as a general treatment. For this keep the roller in between palms and move this from wrist to fingers with pressure. By this technique, a vibration and stimulus is generated on all the acu-points.
5. Massage by Foot Roller.
Keep both the feet on the foot roller while sitting on a chair. Then by gentle pressure, roll both the feet from heel up to the toes on the pointed roller. This is also a general treatment.
6. Pyramid Treatment.
Pyramid is a wooden or plastic mat with sharp projections. It is used as a common tool for those who have enough tolerence of pain and are obese. Keep the mat on floor and stand on it with both feet. Raise & lower both feet alternately. The exercise should be performed for for 5 minutes daily. This is also a general treatment to tone the whole body.
Depending upon time availability, emergency acupressure treatment for few acute problems may be explained. See Emergency Treatment.