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Acupressure is a form of massage in which a doctor applies pressure to acupoints using his or her fingertips. Interestingly, it is seemingly more popular overseas than in China itself—this may because it meets a need for “needleless acupuncture” in a part of the world where people are still getting used to the idea of being poked with needles to cure illnesses. The Chinese, on the other hand, are by and large pretty nonplussed by acupuncture needles, which have been in use for millennia.

Acupressure activates­ qi in a patient’s meridians much the same as acupuncture needles and some other forms of TCM massage (tui-na) do. Just as with acupuncture and tui-na, acupressure can be used in the treatment of all manner of illnesses, with its effectiveness largely being determined by the doctor’s level of skill, experience, and qi cultivation.