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Acupressure's Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments [Paperback]

Michael Reed Gach
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1 Jan 1980
With your hands you have potential to relieve everyday aches, pains and ailments without taking drugs, to improve your health, and to increase your vitality. Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to stimulate key points on the skin that, in turn, activate the body's natural self-healing processes. With this book, it is a skill you can learn now--and use in your own home.

In Acupressure's Potent Points, Michael Reed Gach, founder and director of the Acupressure Institute of America, reveals simple techniques that enable you to relieve headaches, arthritis, colds and flu, insomnia, backaches, hiccups, leg pain, hot flashes, depression, and more--using the power and sensitivity of your own hands.

This practical guide covers more than forty ailments and symptoms, from allergies to wrist pain, providing pressure-point maps and exercises to relieve pain and restore function. Acupressure complements conventional medical care, and enables you to take a vital role in becoming well and staying well. With this book you can turn your hands into healing tools--and start feeling good now.


Product details

  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (1 Jan 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553349708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553349702
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book helps you feel better fast! 2 Aug 1999
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We use this book on a very regular basis for minor ailments such as menstrual cramps and headaches, and for more serious ailments such as anxiety and a recent gallbladder surgery.
The introductory remarks to each chapter are warm and sincere, and convey the real-world application of the exercises that follow. As with most things in life, the more you patience and practice you apply, the more you will benefit.
Mr. Gach's writing displays his sincere warmth, knowledge, and desire to help others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful beyond my imagination 1 Jun 1999
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Format:Paperback
I experience sciatica pain, severe muscle tension, and migraine headaches. This book has provided me with exercises and self-treatments that allow me to continue pursuing the active lifestyle I enjoy. A little time invested in acupressure saves a great deal of discomfort and pain, all without the use of OTC and prescription drugs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 5 minutes to relief! 8 April 1999
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I opened this book to the page on carpal tunnel syndrome and within 5 minutes of doing one simple exercise, my hand felt better than it had in 4 years! Easy to read format, great layout and very thorough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book for relieving common ailments 15 April 2001
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I bought this book after reading the reviews and was not disappointed. It well deserves the 5 star rating with clear consice photos to match the drawings.
I've used this for over a week and my complexion has improved dramatically.
I am now about to order a copy for my parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorable Results - Recommendation 12 Feb 1999
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This review may be somewhat premature since I am just now ordering the book for myself. However, I would like to share a success story. My mother has suffered from a chronic cough for more than twenty years. She has seen every type of specialist, tried inhalers, cough syrups, pills, diets, and every other kind of treatment that any of these specialists could come up with. And still she coughed - constantly, day and night. My daughter-in-law has this book, found a "potent point" for coughing and showed Mom where to "push" following the illustrations. Now, whenever Mom starts coughing, she applies pressure. Her cough is stopped immediately. Needless to say, her Doctor is amazed, we are thrilled, and to me this one treatment alone is worth 10 stars. I can't wait to receive the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How did I get on with this book 13 May 2010
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The book has an easy sensible and short introduction.
The difficulty with acupressure is that there are so many points and many of them inter-act.
This book sets out the key points to use by specific ailments / conditions and so is a very useful reference book.

I am a massage therapist and I am keen to introduce these techniques into my treatments. I am enjoying discovering the points BUT it is too early to say how effective my techniques are.

I like the way the book is set out and the diagrams make it easy to find the exact location of the points under discussion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent primer and reference book 21 Sep 1998
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Format:Paperback
I often refer to this book (it goes with me in my bag whether to a party, office or wherever. The information has proved to be very sound. It doesn't cover the diagnostics of TCM, but is a practical guide to working with acupuncture points.
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