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Alternative Medicine and Self-Healing Thru Acupressure

February 26,2015

For the first time the National Service Training Program of St. Scholastica’s College Manila offered a seminar on alternative medicine. The seminar entitled “Alternative Medicine and Self- Healing thru Acupressure” was conducted last December 1, 2014, January 5, 2015 and February 16, 2015. Our guest speaker was Ms. Sinag Cayabyab-Cusay, a practicing acupuncturist of the Department of Health Alternative Unit. The seminar on alternative first aid focused on acupressure and its importance, the  internal and external factors that may penetrate and trigger diseases, some emergency acupressure points as well as the acupressure points for certain illnesses. The brief training course aimed to help NSTP students to be in control of their health thru alternative therapies and at the same time for them to share the knowledge they have gained with their partner communities.

Acupressure is one of the Asian bodywork therapies, which rooted from Traditional Chinese Medicine. It emphasizes special acupressure points that lie along the meridian or channel in the body. It is strongly believed that through these invisible channels vital energy called life force flows. One of the advantages of the acupressure is that it may be done numerous times; there is no limit since there is no synthetic chemical intake during the process. However, the speaker stressed that acupressure is not for everyone. With this we should take some precautions. People who are under the influence of drugs and alcohol, pregnant women, people who had big meals or an empty stomach, people who are too weak to handle the pressure and people who with ulcerated, skin allergies, or with tumors are highly discouraged to undergo through the process of acupressure because it might lead to undesirable circumstances.

The speaker shared to the audience some acupressure points that may be useful in case of emergency situations, namely fainting, comatose, convulsion, excessive bleeding and heat stroke.  Finally, she gave us helpful tips on how to achieve everyday wellness before she concluded her lecture.

By: Abigail Andrade
NSTP Student, 106 B

Edited by:  Ms. Gale Arrosa
NSTP Facilitator