If you are new to the world of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, you may have wondered "what's the difference between Acupuncture and Acupressure?"
Though they are both effective treatment modalities within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the basic difference between Acupuncture and Acupressure is that Acupuncture involves needling the various pressure points or acupoints on the body. Acupressure on the other hand is the systematic application of massage or pressure over the acupoints.
The second biggest difference between Acupuncture and Acupressure is that the full scope of what Acupuncture can treat is extremely broad. Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of conditions--from the common cold, to aches and pains, to acute and chronic digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, and even some cardiovascular conditions, Acupuncture has a solution that fits almost any individual. Whereas with Acupressure, the application is mainly for pain related symptoms.