Homeopathy and Acupressure

Homeopathy and acupressure are both traditional methods of medication. While Homeopathy believes that like cures like, acupressure works on the principle that the balance of the ying the yang and the qui (which advocates believe are vital points in the body) can manipulate the health of people. While acupressure is trying to incorporate neural science in it homeopathy hasn't made much effort in that direction. Both, in more cases than not, are dismissed as nostrums working on their placebo effect and therefore not accepted in mainstream medication.

Homeopathy therapy

Homeopathy is a discipline that has been around for over 100 years. Though more prevalent in the east now, it was developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician who was practicing medicine in the 18th century. Homeopathy was warmly embraced by some medical practitioners as a humane, alternative method as compared to mainstream medical practices which were pretty extreme then, to say the least. The practice of homeopathy is based on the law of similar. Dr. Hahnemann proposed that "like cures like." and therefore if something causes an ailment it will also subsequently cure it with appropriate doses. However unfortunately it is not presently accepted by traditional medicine anymore.

Acupressure technique

Acupressure on the other hand is a traditional Chinese medicine, the technique of which is based on the same ideas as that of acupuncture. Acupressure involves placing physical pressure by hand, elbow, or with the aid of various devices on different acupuncture points on the surface of the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine does not usually operate within a scientific paradigm but some practioners make efforts to bring practices into an evidence-based medicine framework.

Tenets of acupressure

Luo Points: According to acupuncture theory, there are twelve points in all which are places where the body can be manipulated to greater effect when applying acupuncture or tui na techniques, and can be used to aid the circulation of qi so as to keep the body healthy. The tui na, chin na and qui are considered by practitioners to be vital points in the body which by various permutations and combination serve to manipulate the body. These three however are not the only points, which are believed to be beneficial. There are as many as twelve points, which in acupuncture terminology, are referred to as Luo points.

Fire Cupping: Fire Cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patient's skin. In traditional Chinese medicine it involves placing glass, plastic, or bamboo cups on the skin which has a certain amount of vacuum. This is used in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis.

Tenets of Homeopathy

Homeopathy has no scientific basis whatsoever, and the concept of its working is that dilution of what causes illness will work as an antidote.