What is Acupressure?

Category: Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Most popular types: Yin Tui Na


See also: Electronic Acupressure Pressure Point Therapy

Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine based upon the same principles as acupuncture but using physical pressure or tapping as opposed to needles.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 9 6
General health 5 2
Pain 4 1
Parkinson's Disease 3 2
Eye pain 2 0
Muscle pain 2 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Acupressure

Side effect Patients


Based on patients currently using Acupressure

Dosage Patients
as needed 1
every other week 1
weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Acupressure

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 7
Expense 4
Other 3
Doctor's advice 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Currently using Acupressure

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped using Acupressure

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 7
Usually 3
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 7
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1 patient evaluation for Acupressure

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Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Most
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
FM:11y Dx
I have:

See alohawoman's full Acupressure history

Oct 21, 2010 (Started Oct 09, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I can't handle needles because of the pain, but accupressure, while it's being done is very relaxing and I can fall asleep right after for about 2 hours without pain. It's been a mixed bag the following morning. Several times, I've felt worse, several times I've felt better. Chinese therapies take awhile to feel the effects because the work is holistic and it's about balancing the energies in the body to function correctly. I am committed to stick with it for the next 3 months to see if it helps.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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