acupressure

Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment (TCM) that has stood the test of time.  It is a method of sending a signal to the body (by needle or other means) to “turn on” its own self-healing or regulatory mechanisms. Acupressure helps to correct functional imbalances and restore the flow thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being. It can be used to treat many conditions – both physical and mental. It works much like acupuncture in how it helps to unblock Qi – the vital energy or life force inside every person.

When Qi is not blocked and allowed to freely flow through your body, your body is in harmony.  This is essential to good health.  According to TCM, since all your body systems work together and are connected to each other, when Qi is blocked one system suffers and the rest follow suit.

Unlike Western medicine which treats a particular body part, TCM and acupressure work to treat the body as a whole.  Some of the problems acupressure can help cure or alleviate include:

There are many more physical and mental problems that can be effectively treated with acupressure. For some injuries or minor illnesses, a few acupressure treatments may be all that is needed. For more chronic pain issues or disease, several consistent treatments will often provide the desired relief.  Because of the massage-like characteristics of acupressure, many people actively turn to it for stress management.

Acupressure is a safe and natural way to promote healing within your body.  It can help you experience more inner peace and make you feel more relaxed.  It also helps to prevent further illness.  The World Health Organization endorses acupressure as an effective alternative treatment.

What Are Some of Common Acupressure Points to Learn?

Gallbladder 20 (GB20): Feng Chi 
This point is recommended for headache, migraine, eye blurriness or fatigue, low energy, and cold/flu symptoms. It is located by feeling the mastoid (ear) bone and following the groove back to where the neck muscles attach to the skull.

Gallbladder 21 (GB21): Jian Jing 
This point is located by pinching the shoulder muscle with your thumb and middle finger and is commonly used for stress, facial pain, headaches, toothaches and neck pain. Use with caution in pregnant women.

Large Intestine 4 (LI4): He Gu
This point is good for stress, headaches, toothaches, facial pain and neck pain. However, as a word of precaution, it can induce labor and must never be used during pregnancy.

Liver 3 (LV3): Tai Chong
You need to take off your shoe to find this point. This is an excellent area to stimulate for stress, low back pain, high blood pressure, limb pain, insomnia and emotional upset.

Pericardium 6 (P6): Nei Guan
This point can help provide relief for nausea, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, upset stomach, motion sickness and headaches and is even used for regulation of heart palpitations.

Triple Energizer 3: Zhong Zhu
This point is located in the groove formed by the tendons of the 4th and 5th finger, behind the knuckles and is commonly used in the clinic for temporal headaches, shoulder and neck tension, and upper back pain.

Spleen 6 (SP6): San Yin Jiao
This point can be very helpful for many urological and pelvic disorders as well as fatigue and insomnia. Avoid during pregnancy.

Stomach36 (ST36): Zu San Li 
You can find this point useful for fatigue and depression as well as knee pain and gastrointestinal discomfort. Asians frequently stimulate this point for health promotion and longevity.