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Is accupressure safe?

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In general, acupressure is very safe. If you have cancer, arthritis, heart disease, or a chronic condition, talk to your doctor first. You may need to avoid it if:

  • The treatment is in the area of a cancerous tumor or if the cancer has spread to bones.
  • You have rheumatoid arthritis, a spinal injury, or a bone disease.
  • You have varicose veins.
  • You're pregnant.

Make sure your acupressure practitioner is licensed and certified.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Acupressure, Shiatsu, and Other Asian Bodywork."

American Pain Foundation: "Treatment Options: A Guide for People Living with Pain."

Memorial Sloan Kettering: Acupressure

Memorial Sloan Kettering: Cancer

NIH NCCAM: "Energy Medicine: An Overview."

Natural Standard: ''Acupressure, shiatsu, tuina,'' 2013.

 

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 16, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Acupressure, Shiatsu, and Other Asian Bodywork."

American Pain Foundation: "Treatment Options: A Guide for People Living with Pain."

Memorial Sloan Kettering: Acupressure

Memorial Sloan Kettering: Cancer

NIH NCCAM: "Energy Medicine: An Overview."

Natural Standard: ''Acupressure, shiatsu, tuina,'' 2013.

 

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 16, 2019

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