The most common aspect of acupressure is the balancing of deficiency and excess, to restore the energy balance to perfection to eliminate disease. Acupressure has been practiced for at least 4,000 years by the Chinese. It is but one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also includes: meditation, exercise, food and herbal remedies. How does the acupressure work to balance the system? It’s all about the energy. In the TCM tradition it is called Qi (pronounced “chi”). Other cultures have different names for this energy, such as Prana, Reiki and Bioelectricity, that you may have heard of. Qi is the vital energy running through the body on a series of meridians and vessels, which act as an energy super highway. Qi is created in the body from food and oxygen. A poor diet or polluted air can affect the quality of the Qi. The meridian charts map out these super highways where they are close to the surface. When the Qi flow is blocked or slowed down, the body is open to disease. Eons of practice have located external points on the meridians that can be used to regulate the flow of the Qi eliminating the blockages. These are the points I refer to as acupoints; you may also see them referred to as pressure points or potent points in other material. The acupoints are sensitive to bioelectric stimulation that, when stimulated correctly balance the system so it can heal itself.