Disputed 'acupressure' remedy from China that 'tries to stimulate invisible ... trends now

Disputed 'acupressure' remedy from China that 'tries to stimulate invisible ... trends now
Disputed 'acupressure' remedy from China that 'tries to stimulate invisible ... trends now

Disputed 'acupressure' remedy from China that 'tries to stimulate invisible ... trends now

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A controversial alternative treatment known as acupressure can ease the pain of knee arthritis, a study suggests.

Patients suspected to have the condition reported significantly less pain after three months of the treatment than others studied in the trial, the researchers found.

The traditional Chinese medical practice involves stimulating 'acupoints' – invisible energy lines that are said to exist around the body – to provide health benefits.

Unlike acupuncture, in which needles are used to prick the skin at these points, acupressure uses the fingers to apply pressure. 

Advocates claim the practice can alleviate a host of problems from anxiety to joint pain. 

The study had patients self-administer acupressure to their knees alongside home physiotherapy exercises (stock image)

The study had patients self-administer acupressure to their knees alongside home physiotherapy exercises (stock image)

Outcomes from the study suggested the use of acupressure may actually decrease knee pain in those with arthritis in the joint

Outcomes from the study suggested the use of acupressure may actually decrease knee pain in those with arthritis in the joint 

Acupressure was a controversial feature of a recent episode of Dragons' Den featuring saleswoman Giselle Boxer (pictured)

Acupressure was a controversial feature of a recent episode of Dragons' Den featuring saleswoman Giselle Boxer (pictured)

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