Many Chinese immigrants in the USA have accessed both Western style biomedicine and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which includes acupuncture, acupressure, dietary therapy, massage, and therapeutic mind/body practice. Traditional Chinese medicine is a healthcare delivery system that has a professional class of physicians and its own diagnostic system. Individuals may access both TCM and Western conventional medicine.
Acupressure is a form of acupuncture that is performed without the use of needles; it involves only the contact (or touch) of the patient’s body through massage. Finger pressure is applied to specific spots known as acupoints; these follow rivers of energy throughout the body that are known as meridians. It is believed that illness occurs when these energies become unbalanced or blocked and that stimulation of the acupoints restores the balance of these energy flows and alleviates illness. Pressure and small circulatory movements with the thumb or index finger are...
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