shesulsa said:For those who have and do receive acu treatment, which do you prefer and why? Which do you think is more effective and why?
Martial Tucker said:I have had a bit of training in both, but I am not licensed to "needle".
I think that which is more effective is probably a case-by-case thing.
As the patient, I have had equal successes with either, also.
For those who have done acupressure, but have not been trained to use needles, there has been some impressive research done with using a good laser pen in place of needles. You find the meridian point, just as you would for needling or finger pressure, and then touch the laser pen to the point and activate the laser. Hold the light tip to the pressure point for about 3 minutes. Some studies have shown this to be as effective as needling.
I was told this by an accomplished Doctor of Oriental Medicine, who I trust. He works in a highly regarded practice with 2 Western/traditional MD's.
I have not personally seen the research.
Not an "either/or" but a "both/and" for me. I practice acupuncture, but include quite a lot of Tui Na in my treatments. As such "acupuressure" occurs when I am doing Tui Na as a way of "opening up" points to needle later and as a way of assessing points and channels.
You can accomplish quite a lot with acupressure alone but you have to work harder. Acupuncture is generally more precise, as well.
I think again one of the best idea for the pen is laser pen. Basically needle can be harmful for the human body thats why laser pen can work without pain and that is really great thing in the medical world.