© Derek McLintock  2013
   Cambridge Chinese Massage


Acupoints   used   in   treatment   may   or   may   not   be   in   the   same   area   of the   body   as   the   targeted   symptom.   The   traditional   Chinese   medicine (TCM)   theory   for   the   selection   of   such   points   and   their   effectiveness   is that   they   work   by   stimulating   the   meridian   system   to   bring   about   relief by   rebalancing   yin,   yang   and   qi   (also   spelled   "chi").   This   theory   is based on the paradigm of TCM. Many   East   Asian   martial   arts   also   make   extensive   study   and   use   of acupressure   for   self-defense   and   health   purposes,   (chin   na,   tui   na). The   points   or   combinations   of   points   are   said   to   be   used   to   manipulate or   incapacitate   an   opponent.   Also,   martial   artists   regularly   massage their   own   acupressure   points   in   routines   to   remove   blockages   from their   own   meridians,   claiming   to   thereby   enhance   their   circulation   and flexibility and keeping the points "soft" or less vulnerable to an attack.  
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH OF ACUPRESSURE POINTS STIMULATION: A randomized trial of Tapas Acupressure Technique for weight-loss maintenance found attendance at weight maintenance was 72% for TAT Tapas Acupressure Technique - higher than any other method studied. The study was published in March 2007 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The Cochrane Collaboration, a group of evidence-based medicine (EBM) reviewers, reviewed the use of P6 for nausea and vomiting, and found it to be effective for reducing post-operative nausea, but not vomiting. The Cochrane review included various means of stimulating P6, including acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, transcutaneous nerve stimulation, laser stimulation, acustimulation device and acupressure; it did not comment on whether one or more forms of stimulation were more effective. It also seems to be effective in Nausea of Pregnancy.  EBM reviewer Bandolier said that P6 acupressure in two studies showed 52% of patients with control having a success, compared with 75% with P6 acupressure.    http://www.medicine.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/band71/b71-9.html  http://www.medicine.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/band59/b59-4.html A Cochrane Collaboration review found that massage provided some long-term benefit for low back pain, and said: "It seems that acupressure or pressure point massage techniques provide more relief than classic (Swedish) massage..."