Acupressure is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine which involves the stimulation of acupuncture points with finger pressure, rather than inserting needles. This form of healing is non-invasive and gentle. The indications include the vast array of conditions that Chinese medicine has proven to treat effectively. Because acupressure stimulates the body’s natural self-healing abilities, it also works as a great preventative therapy. Generally, the effects of acupressure are less potent than those of acupuncture, and as a result more treatments are needed to get the same results. Acupressure is ideal for children. It is gentle, safe, and effective for many conditions. Parents can also be taught self-help techniques to use on their child at home. Acupressure is also suitable for the elderly suffering from sciatica, arthritis, mobility problems, constipation, and poor circulation. Certain acupressure points must be avoided during pregnancy. Be sure to tell your practitioner if you are or may be pregnant.