How to Improve Blood Circulation with Acupressure and Magnet Therapy

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Learn how to boost poor circulation naturally and effectively

The circulatory system (or cardiovascular system) is a vast network of organs and vessels that is responsible for transporting blood, nutrients, oxygen and hormones to and from cells throughout the body. When blood flow to a specific area of the body is reduced, we may experience the symptoms of poor blood circulation. It is important to emphasize that poor circulation is not a condition in itself, but rather a consequence of other health issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart conditions and arterial issues. Blood circulation tends to deteriorate as we grow older, but circulation problems can affect anyone who is not as active as they might be, irrespective of their age. The most common symptoms of poor blood circulation are: tiredness, cuts, scratches and sores that take longer than usual to heal, cold, numb or tingling hands and feet, cramps, achy or "heavy" legs and swollen ankles.

Over the past few years, a growing number of people have resorted to acupressure in order to boost peripheral blood (and lymph) circulation in a completely natural fashion. Acupressure (not to be confused with acupuncture) is an ancient healing technique based on the application of physical pressure on specific points on the body. Such pressure boosts blood and lymph circulation and also encourages the body to release endorphins and oxytocin, thereby relieving pain and muscle tension.

Similarly, magnet therapy (aka magnetic therapy) has been employed for millennia to harness the healing power of magnets. When these are held against the skin, their magnetic field penetrates through it into the surrounding tissues and the blood stream. The iron in the blood is attracted to the magnetic field, causing movement within the blood stream, thereby boosting blood flow. The increase in blood flow is localized to the area where the magnets are placed unless they are placed directly over a major artery.

Today, it is possible to reap the benefits of both acupressure and magnet therapy through a single device: the "magnetic acupressure mat". Such mat is characterized by the spiky plastic discs and the cylindrical bio-magnets that cover one of its sides. Although many of these mats are now available on the market, not all of them are equally effective. In order to select the best ones only, it is essential to pay attention to a number of elements. First of all, the aforesaid plastic discs. These are commonly known as flowers or florets and feature a series of tips, whose shape should be pyramidal. Also, the number of tips per floret should range between 31 and 35. A lower number may make acupressure too uncomfortable, whereas a higher number may render it too bland and, consequently, ineffective. It is also important to check out the mat's padding. The best acupressure mats, in fact, are those stuffed with vegetable fibres (coir, spelt chaff, etc.) as they are breathable, do not lose their shape over time, do not attract mites, and, more importantly, ensure a more uniform and balanced acupressure. Moreover, unlike foam rubber and other by-products of crude oil, vegetable fibres are completely natural and environment-friendly. Finally, the magnets should be negatively-charged and positioned on the mat according to the principles of Stable Field Naturopathic Magnet Therapy. By following these simple tips, you will be able to choose the best acupressure mat and boost blood circulation quickly and effectively.