Choose from Three Options
- $39 for one acupuncture session ($80 value)
- $115 for three acupuncture sessions ($240 value)
- $189 for five acupuncture sessions ($400 value)
Acupuncture vs. Acupressure: Pinpointing Your Optimal Treatment
Acupuncture and acupressure have been a part of Chinese medical tradition for centuries. Read Groupon’s comparison to assess which treatment is right for your chi.
Both acupuncture and acupressure are rooted in the same principles of traditional Chinese medicine: that vital energy (known as “qi” or “chi”) flows along about a dozen pathways in the body, and that invisible blockages along these pathways can lead to various physical and mental symptoms, such as indigestion and depression. Each pathway is dotted with acupuncture points (or acupoints) that, when targeted, can soothe symptoms all over the body. For example, an acupoint on the foot may be used to relieve a headache. Though the treatments are similar, there are several differences:
Instruments: Acupuncture relies on thin, sterile needles that a practitioner inserts into acupoints. Though clients may feel a brief prick at first, the treatment itself should not be painful. Conversely, during acupressure, practitioners use their hands, elbows, or dull instruments to put pressure on acupoints. Though this treatment is less precise than acupuncture, it may be preferable for those with a fear of needles or a lot of inflatable jewelry.
Practitioners: Acupuncture should only be practiced by a licensed acupuncturist. The requirements vary from state to state, but most acupuncturists receive certification through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). No specific license is needed to practice acupressure, though most practitioners hold other licenses in alternative medicine or massage therapy. Ordinary individuals can even perform acupressure on themselves, though professional guidance is recommended.
Conditions Treated: Acupuncture and acupressure can treat many of the same conditions, including back pain, arthritis, and menstrual cramps. Because of its precise nature, most people use acupuncture to treat more severe conditions such as fibromyalgia and asthma or to help them lose weight or quit smoking. However, because it requires no supplies, acupressure is often used to treat nausea as it occurs during pregnancy or chemotherapy treatments. Newborn, elderly, or otherwise frail patients may also benefit more from acupressure.