Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) technique based on the same ideas as acupuncture. Acupressure involves placing physical pressure by hand, elbow, or with the aid of various devices on different acupuncture points on the surface of the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine does not usually operate within a scientific paradigm but some practioners make efforts to bring practices into an evidence-based medicine framework. 

Acupressure is known by different names like Zone therapy, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Pointed Pressure therapy, Contact therapy, Concentrated Massage or Acupressure without needles. It is probably the oldest system of natural treatment in the world based on scientific technique of massage or pressure. It is drugless and safe treatment which stimulates blood supply and nervous systems of body. It has both curative and preventive effect and a unique system to diagnose the proper functioning of different internal organs.

Acupressure Technique/Method
Acupressure is based on the theory that all organs, glands and nervous system are reflected in hands and feet at certain fixed locations. It is by giving certain quantum of pressure with thumb, fingers or any other device on the specific points in hands and feet for some time that the internal organs are stimulated and normal energy flow is restored to different parts of the body. This process helps in curing diseases and maintaining good health and beauty. 

History of acupressure:
Side-effects of medicines and costly medical treatment remained a matter of concern for most of people. There was a need of a medical system which could extend much needed cure to patients promptly, effectively and at a nominal cost affordable even to poor. How, when and where this system originated, lacks consensus but on the basis of certain ancient documents, it is assumed that Acupuncture and Acupressure which work on similar theory were first conceived by Indian thinkers in primitive times. It was from there that the knowledge of these sciences disseminated to certain other countries through students, pilgrims and tourists. 

Related sciences:
In their present form Acupressure and Acupuncture are attributed to China where intensive research and significant work has been done to make these systems more effective and popular. During the historic visit of U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and his wife Pat to China in 1972, showed deep interest in acupuncture which became instrumental in bringing greater attention to this pathy in the U.S.A. and in some other countries. Japan has taken a lead in developing and popularizing a distinct type of pressure therapy called 'SHIATSU' which is also based on the principles of Acupressure. In Japanese, the word 'SHI' means finger and 'ATSU' means pressure. Prof. Sir Park Jae Woo, a South Korean by birth, who has set up his academy in Moscow, gave SU JOK system of treatment to the world during the year 1986 which has its roots in Acupressure.