Disclaimer: This book was provided by Robert Rose. All opinions expressed here are my own.
If we’re feeling unwell or out of balance, some of us will try alternative medicine modalities. I personally like holistic, homeopathic, and other natural health techniques because they treat the body as a whole as opposed to just one concern. Acupressure and aromatherapy or two such modalities. Alone they can have a significant impact on our health, but put them together and you have a powerful combination. I found the perfect book to tutor us on using this potent blend of modalities, The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy.
In Chinese medicine, all disease starts at the root as an imbalance of qi – your life force. Our yin and yang energies are two dynamic forces that need to remain in relative balance. If these imbalances are left untreated, they will eventually lead to more overt problems and ultimately diseases. So the wisdom of fusing these two modalities together will not only benefit our bodies, they will hasten our recovery and maintain continued good health.
Using them together is easy, you put an essential oil on a specific pressure point and then stimulate the area with your fingers. But, understanding why they work together so harmoniously requires deeper insight. The first chapter of this book dives right into understanding Chinese medicine and it’s therapies, including the five elements and Channel therapy.
Acupressure is an alternative technique derived from acupuncture. But instead of using needles, you use your fingers to stimulate the pressure points. It was actually developed over 5000 years ago as an important facet of Chinese medicine. According to Asian medical philosophy, activating these points with pressure or needles can improve blood flow, promote relaxation, release tension and unblock your qi.
Aromatherapy, also known as essential oil therapy, is using the naturally extracted aromatic essence of plants to balance and promote wellness to your mind, body and spirit.
Chapter two teaches you where the acupressure points are and which area of the body they assist. With its easy and conversational style and step-by-step photos, this book will teach you how to heal yourself naturally so you can live a pain-free and vibrant life. You’ll be surprised how applying pressure between your second and third toe will give relief to a swollen eye. Or applying pressure below your knee crease will help with diarrhea and more. Acupressure is an amazing modality!
Chapter three is all about aromatherapy and flows right into using various essential oils for specific health conditions. Did you know that essential oils differ from the plant-based creations because the whole plant is not used in extractions? Each oil is created from different parts of the plant, for example – rose petals are used for rose essential oils. They also discuss methods of extraction, inhalation, internal, oral, external uses, temperature control, dilution and how to use the oils safely and effectively.
Chapter four helps you put all your gained knowledge to use on specific conditions. The large and clear images show you exactly where to apply your essential oil and put pressure. You’ll notice that there is usually more than one area that you can work on to get results.
I’ve always been interested in acupressure and essential oils, but some books are so complicated. This book is very easy to understand and follow along with more than 300 photos. If you’re looking for natural ways to improve your health, then this is a perfect book for home remedies.