Review of the book: Acupressure’s Potent Points, A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments by Michael Reed Gach

Review of the book: Acupressure’s Potent Points, A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments by Michael Reed Gach

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Acupressure’s Potent Points, A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments by Michael Reed Gach is, in my opinion, a family book to keep on the common bookshelf at home or at the office.

The book is a step by step on how to use acupressure to self-heal. It includes graphic designs and photography as well as models photos practising acupressure. It also includes anatomical drawings to show where to locate the pressure points.

Acupressure vs. Acupuncture

Acupressure is the next most effective complementary therapy after acupuncture. Should one believe in alternative medicine and you have already tried acupuncture, then you can surely confirm it works miracles to relieve conditions, to name a few; to alleviate stress and anxiety and to ease headaches, relieve sinus problems, congestion and allergies and help with insomnia and emotional imbalance.

Acupressure works on the same points as in acupuncture but without using needles and perhaps it takes longer to alleviate the pain, depending on the intensity of your distress, however it does work.

Acupressure is also used for anti ageing and other beauty treatments.

Who is the Book For 

This book is for everyone who is interested in natural health and body maintenance.

I came across the book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments by Michael Reed Gach, when on a trip in New Zealand. Well, actually it was recommended to me by a shop assistant at an alternative medicine bookstore in Auckland.

My Book Review

The content 

The book is divided in two parts.

Part I is an introduction to acupressure and how to go about practicing self-acupressure.

Part II has dedicated sections to the acupressure points and techniques for specific common ailments such as;

  • Diarrhea
  • Earaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Colds and Flu
  • Constipation
  • Shoulder Tension
  • Hot Flashes
  • Hiccups
  • Toothaches
  • Water Retention
  • Hangovers

One of the sections gives easy steps on how to use acupressure on you to treat Depression and Emotional Balancing.

The chapter starts with an introduction of what causes depression, continuing with some tips on a self fulfilled lifestyle and diet tips that help overcome depression.

The author makes an interesting parenthesis on the importance and benefits of deep breathing as one of the solutions.

Following there is a list of exercises to choose from to help ease your depression. Next are the illustrations that clearly show the relevant potent points for relieving depression and exercises to stimulate those same potent points.

The book also includes some interesting charts:

Anatomical full body point location charts, that are very easy to identify and easy to work upon to release tension and pressure.

Chart to document your acupressure progress, whereby you can record your initial symptoms, acupressure points and exercises completed and the changes that you have noticed as you go along.

The book also includes an Appendix listing the Potent Points Summary. In the list you will have the potent points with their corresponding reference number, what it is good for and the page numbers where you can find more information about that particular pressure point.

For example

Potent Point: Abdominal Sorrow Sp16

Page numbers: 82, 99. 110, 174

Relieves indigestion, nausea, and abdominal cramps; balances appetite and the gastrointestinal system.

Peoples Reviews

The book has very good and positive reviews and I will include some excerpts below for your reference:

Final Thoughts / Conclusion

Living in good health is about making the right choices in your life, starting by making sure you are not depriving yourself of the basic needs; sleep, eat and exercise.

Implementing acupressure and deep breathing for health maintenance on a regular basis, along with daily exercise and a healthy diet, will ensure you keep radiant and strong enough to handle the daily fatigue and enforce your immunity.

The holistic approach to your well-being and a healthy lifestyle should include;

  1. Self-acupressure
  2. Good nutrition
  3. Exercise
  4. Positive thinking
  5. Relaxation
  6. Deep breathing

In my opinion, Michael Reed Gach, who is the founder and director of the Acupressure Institute in America, has put together this wonderful and easy to follow self-help book called Acupressure´s Potent Points A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments making it easy for you to learn the skill of acupressure and use the techniques on yourself and your loved ones whenever required to relieve the common ailments in your everyday life.

I hope you find the above information useful and please do comment below if you require more information or would like to leave your own review.

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8 thoughts on “Review of the book: Acupressure’s Potent Points, A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments by Michael Reed Gach

  1. I am very familiar with both Acupressure and Acupuncture. It amazes me every time how it works amazingly without having to take any medication. I know a few points myself when it comes to cramps pain but I am no expert so I always love to learn more. I agree with you. Acupressure is not a magic pill that cures all. You need to live a healthy lifestyle as well and use acupressure as a tool when you need an extra boost. Thanks for the review of this book, I am going to get it 🙂  

  2. Hey there. I have only heard of acupuncture and acupressure in passing but never got a detailed explanation into what they are so thank you for this insightful elucidation of acupuncture and acupressure. It amazes that this is a form of healing that requires no medicine and it works wonders as people have witnessed. It was helpful learning about this. 

    1. HI, I’m glad you liked it. Acupuncture is definitely more powerful. On one occasion I had lumbar pains and couldn’t walk straight. I went for an acupuncture session, followed by a back massage at a Chinese Health centre and I walked out fixed, walking normal. This book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, is handy to have as it works when you have common day to day ailments, you can apply acupressure on yourself or a family member. Thank you for writing. 

  3. Marisa, 

    Great review! I came across this looking for comments and what people thought that might have read the book. I am glad I found this review.

    I was hoping to find something to assist on this so I can apply myself between acupuncture visits. This is a perfect fit!

    It has given me some insight before actually purchasing the book. I am definitely in need of relief and feel comfortable now I can use this information to help! 

    I will share this information with some friends. Thinking they will feel the same way I do. 

    Thanks for the great information!

    1. Hi, thank you for writing and for sharing this article with your friends. I will be more than glad to hear people find the book useful to ease their pain with acupressure. It is interesting to read you already go to acupuncture sessions. I have also found acupuncture helpful with both sciatica and insomnia in stressful situations. 

  4. Hello Marisa, it’s really an essential thing that we all read this article and learn about acupressure from this book. Parents especially have a very huge role to play in this aspect because these are very common ailments that happen to everyone especially our kids and if we know how to deal with it, it will save us some money actually. 

    1. Hi Justin, that is so true. Learning about self-healing can be very beneficial for the whole family, not only health wise but even as you mention, it can save you some money. 

      Acupressure is so easy to apply on yourself or your dear ones and it can alleviate uncomfortable pain like stiff neck, sinus etc. Thank you for writing. 

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