Most Popular Acupressure Points
Acupressure is an ancient healing technique that uses your fingers to press key healing points. By doing this it is said to stimulate the body’s natural curative abilities. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation and boosts the immune system. It is mainly used to reduce pain and to develop spirituality.
How to apply: Apply pressure using your longest and strongest finger on the acupoint for approximately 3 minutes. Each point may feel different when pressure is applied. Some points will feel tense while others may ache. When pushing on the acupoint the pain should not be unbearable, it should be between pleasant and unbearable. If the pain increases then gradually decrease the pressure applied at the point. Sometimes when applying acupressure, pain will occur at a different part of the body. This is normal because it indicates that those two areas are related and should both be treated to release blockages. After repeated pressure pay attention to the pulse at the acupoint. Pulsation is a good thing because it means that circulation has increased. However, if it is faint or throbbing hold the point longer until the pulse balances.
Chest and Abdomen Points
Chest and abdomen points are helpful for a range of conditions including fatigue, breathing problems, digestive issues, anxiety and other emotional issues.
The picture above is a pressure point of the chest and abdomen located on the lung meridian. This pressure point is used to treat coughing, wheezing, asthma, and shoulder and chest tension.
This pressure point is located on point CV 17 at the picture below. It is along the sternum midway between your nipples. Acupressure on this point is treated for anxiety, cough, asthma, reflux, and chest tension.
Acupressure point CV 12 is located in the middle of the abdomen and is used to treat heartburn, diarrhea, and poor digestion. CV6 shown in the picture to the right is found generally an inch below the belly button. Acupressure is necessary on this point when one experiences bloating, edema, weakness, and low energy. Looking on the conception vessel meridian CV2 can be found 2 inches above the pubic bone. This acupoint is used for general fatigue, low energy, weakness, and diarrhea.
Head, Scalp, and Shoulder points
Below we will discuss the common acupressure points located on the head, scalp, and shoulder points. Head and scalp points are important in getting rid of headaches, dizziness, insomnia, or excessive thinking. The human brain cannot feel pain however the heads muscles, bones, and joints can so it is important to use these acupressure points to ease the pain. Acupressure is not used to “cure” but used to “normalize” the blood circulation and Qi flowing through our body. For example at work we often forget to stretch and get awful neck cramps. Strain on the neck changes the blood circulation in the head which alters blood pressure. Acupressure is then used to normalize the circulation, not exactly as a pain killer.
This is the Governing Vessel meridian located along the hairline. Taking a look at GV 20 which can be located in between your ears on the top of your head. When applying steady pressure on these points it can benefit us by getting rid of headaches, prolapses, low energy, and dizziness.
The Gall bladder meridian has half of its acupoints on the head while the rest are scattered amongst the rest of the body. Looking at the picture above, point GB 20 can be found by following your hairline down until you hit the part where your head caves in. This acupoint is responsible for relieving headaches, dizziness, and neck pain. Switching gears to the figure on the right focuses on GB 21. This point can be found above your nipple to the highest point of the shoulder. Applying acupressure on this point will reduce shoulder and neck pain as well as minimizing stress levels. It is also recommended not to use acupressure on this specific point while pregnant.
Arm and Hand Points
The arm and hands have many pressure points that do not correlate with the actual arm and hands. They are more focused on curing cold symptoms, respiration difficulties, anxiety, and digestive problems. In hand acupressure all points are bilateral so this means you can find these points on both the hands. Hand acupressure points become accustomed to the stimulation so it is important to rest for a few days after continuous stimulation. Below is a diagram of all the points located in our hand for treatment. Now we will start to discuss the specific points in the arm and hands.
The first two points we will discuss are on the Lung meridian and located on our wrist.
The point at LU 7 can be found when our wrist creases to our hand.
When pressing on this point it is known to relieve cold symtpoms such as sneezing, chills, runny nose, and sore throat. Looking at the point at LU 9 can be found by feeling your pulse. Applying acupressure on this point can relieve cough, asthma, and shortness of breath.
Looking at the forearm on the Pericardium meridian is point PC3. This point is where the elbow bends and has correlation to the stomach/digestion issues, anxiety, stuffiness in the chest.
Looking at the lower part of our arm onto our hand is point PC 6. This point can be found by sliding the finger from the wrist crease between the two tendons in the middle of the arm where it is most sore. This point is responsible for clearing anxiety, motion sickness, nausea, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
As the points move lower toward our palm it leaves the Pericardium meridian and onto the Heart meridian. HT 7 can be found on the wrist crease. To find this point slide your finger from your pinky till it hits the bone on your wrist. This point is accountable for helping with anxiety, insomnia, heart palpitations, and depression.
Leg and Feet Acupressure Points
Acupressure points on the leg and feet are used for a variety of different problems throughout the body. It is important to apply acupressure on the feet to improve circulation throughout the body.
Lets take a look at point 36 which can be found under the knee cap. It is located on the stomach meridian and is accountable for relieving pains including anxiety, depression, low energy, leg pain, and low immunity.
Moving to the Spleen meridian on SP 6 is found by sliding the finger along the inside of the tibia. Applying acupressure on this point can relieve stress, insomnia, anxiety, and low energy. It is strongly important to not use this point while pregnant.
Taking a look at the leg on the right brings focus to the Liver meridian. Point LV 3 is located in the depression between your big toe and the second toe where your tendons meet. Find the point that is most sore and apply pressure. This will help with anger, irritability, stress, headaches, menstrual pain, and anxiety.
This point on the bottom of the foot is located on the Kidney meridian. This point can be found when sliding your finger from your big toe till it meets the depression on the sole of your foot. Applying acupressure here will help with poor memory, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and anxiety.