> Insights into a fairly new alternative treatment
noticed that the physical body is reflected in the hands and feet. He developed a unique system of natural healing to treat various ailments and disease by focusing on the patient’s hands and feet. This includes methods such as acupuncture, acupressure, seed therapy and colour therapy. Two of the common methods used are acupuncture and acupressure, which originate from Chinese medicine.
The difference, however, is in the application of acupuncture and acupressure where treatment is limited only to the hands and the feet in sujok, unlike upon the whole body in Chinese medicine. For example, with acupressure, only the area on the hands or feet that corresponds to the affected part of the body is massaged. According to sujok practitioner Ivana AlvaresMarshall, the idea is to stimulate or activate the particular part of the body. Initially the pain will increase in the area that is being massaged, but as the condition improves, it will slowly dissipate. “One would usually feel relaxed and sleepy because the organs, glands or body part are being activated. If there is no sickness, one usually has no pain in the hands and feet during the massage. If there is any ailment, you will feel pain on the particular pressure point.”