by Rianna Poskin
Before resorting to over the counter medication to help resolve common health problems, see if you can try an ancient technique; acupressure.
There are 5 acupressure points that everyone can benefit from. No need to know what the acupressure point does or how acupuncture works in general. Just keep it simple and know where the point is and what symptoms it can resolve!
How to do acupressure: massage the point with deep, downward pressure for 2-3 minutes until you feel a strong sensation. Sometimes you’ll be able to feel warmth as the point opens up energy along the energy channel (meridian) and on to the rest of the body. When you feel this warmth you’re doing it right!
1. LI 4 (Large intestine 4): Common pain point. This point has a direct connection with the head and the face therefore helping with headaches, sinus problems, and toothaches. This point is really powerful and should not be used during pregnancy as it can stimulate contractions. If you’re not pregnant but in pain use this point and see if you can calm the flare up before masking it with pain medications.
- Neck pain
- Sinus Infections
- Red and swollen eyes
- Pain around the body
Location: In the webbing between the thumb and the index finger
Side bar: There’s another depression on the inside of the hand called the snuffbox want to know why it’s called this?
No word of a lie it’s because it’s the perfect little holder to place powders and snuff them up your nose! (you can guess what kind of powders…don’t do drugs!)*
2. PC 6 (Pericardium 6): Common calming point. This point is particularly good to help calm an anxious person.
- Nauseousness, seasickness, motion sickness
- Opens and relaxes the chest: asthma, angina, palpitations
- Sleep disorders
- Poor Memory
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Location: Inside of the wrist in between the two tendons just up from the wrist
3. Taiyang: Common headache and stress relief point.
- One sided headaches or migraines
- Facial Paralysis
- Sinus problems
(Combine this point with LI4 to help with pain issues)
Location: in the crease just below and away from the eyebrows
4. LV3 (Liver 3): Common pain and stress relief point
- Headaches, dizziness, canker sores.
- Eye issues – blurred vision, red, swollen, painful eyes.
- Menstrual issues- dysmennorrhea, amenorrhea, PMS, breast tenderness.
- Genital issues – pain/swelling, hernia, impotence, seminal emission.
- Digestive issues- nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea
- Calming point – anger, irritability, insomnia, anxiety.
Location: In the webbing between the big toe and second toe between the two tendons
5. GB 20 (Gallbladder 20): Common point for cold, flu and cough
- Fever/chills, stiff neck
- Paralysis, twitching, tremors, numbness, dizziness, vertigo
- All issues of the head, brain (seizures, memory, mental/neurological disorders)
- Face, throat and sense organ help (eyes, ears, nose, tongue).
- Headache, especially at the back of the head
- Eye issues
- Issues of the neck, shoulders and/or upper back – pain, weakness, stiffness.
Location: At the back of the head just below the skull bone on either side of the spine
Try these points combined to make a “treatment protocol” the next time you’re feeling run down, stressed out or in pain!
The more you use pain medication the less your body works to heal itself. Give your body just a little nudge in the right direction and it will respond by healing itself!
Feel better soon!