Acupressure is a traditional form of Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain, tension, and other maladies in the human body. Of the 400+ acupressure points on the body these are the most effective.
Acupressure is the practice of applying pressure to certain parts of the body, which is divided into meridians, to relieve pain and treat illnesses. The principle lies in the existence of a vital energy or “Qi” (chi) that can be balanced by applying pressure along those natural meridians that divide the body. Even Western medicine agrees that acupressure works, but they attribute the benefits to increased circulation and less tension.
GV24.5 – The Third Eye
This point is great for calming your mind and relieving stress. If you close your eyes, you should feel a bumpy protrusion between your eyebrows. Use your middle finger to apply pressure to this point for up to a minute, and then release. This point is also very effective for treating Sinus pain.
CV17 – Sea of Tranquility
The Sea of Tranquility lives up to its name, as it is a great acupressure point to relieve emotional stress and imbalance. The sea of Tranquility is located about 2 inches above your breastbone. Applying pressure while breathing deeply for a few minutes at a time can restore your inner calm, and help you relax.
L14 – Joining the Valley
This point, between the thumb and index finger on the hand is popular for treating headaches, tooth aches, neck tension, shoulder pain, and arthritis. This point is also effective for treating hangovers. All you need to do is massage the fleshy part of your hand between your thumb and index finger at the point where your muscle begins when your thumb and index finger are close together.
B54 – Commanding Middle
The Commanding Middle is located in the middle of the back of the knee. This point treats arthritis, knee pain, sciatica, hip pain, and lower back pain. This point has been shown more effective at treating back pain than physical therapy. Simply press the center of the back side of the knee with your index finger and hold for a few seconds at a time.
ST36 – Leg Three Miles
This point is located just below your knee cap, just outside of your shin bone. This point is great for relieving stomach problems like bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation and nausea. Sitting down in a chair, with your feet flat on the floor, the point will be 3-4 inches below the kneecap on the outside of your shin bone. Apply deep pressure with the index and middle fingers for a few seconds at a time.
LV3 – Bigger Rushing
This point is great for improving focus, and clearing the mind. It is located on the top of the foot where the bone of the big toe meets the bone of the second toe. Apply pressure with your index finger for a few seconds, and release.
PC6 – Pericardium
The pericardium in on the inside of your arm, just above the inside of your wrist. This point is effective for treating nausea and vomiting brought on by motion sickness, pregnancy, or even after chemo treatments. If you hold your hand up and make a fist with your fingers towards you, use your index and middle fingers to massage between the two tendons of your forearm 2-3 inches below the base of your palm.
B10 – Heavenly Pillar
The heavenly pillar is actually a pair of pressure point on the back of the neck. These points are useful for relieving stress, insomnia, headaches, neck pain, and anxiety. These points are 1-2 inches below the base of the skull on either side of the spine. Use the middle fingers on each hand to press and hold pressure on these points for a couple of minutes at a time.
The Sacral points are actually a group of pressure points on the lower back. These points are effective at reducing menstrual pain and cramps. To work these points, lay on your back on top of your hands. Use your individual fingertips on both hands to massage the are right above your buttocks at the base of your spine. Focus on applying direct pressure, and not just rubbing the area.
NOTE: Women who are pregnant should consult a physician before using acupressure.