My Top 10 Acupressure Points for General Wellness
Here are my Top 10 Acupressure Points for General Wellness!
Acupressure is a highly effective and powerful self-healing tool! A full treatment can be done every day to promote general health and well being. Make sure you’re in a comfortable seated position, you’re taking deep breathes and relaxing your body as much as possible. Press each point in small circular motions using firm (but not painful) pressure. Activate each point on both sides of the body for 30 seconds.
Side note: This is a great exercise to do with a friend or family member!
1. Chicken Soup Point
This pressure point is located approximately two-finger widths below your knee, and four-finger widths towards the outside area of your leg. Using your index finger, apply pressure for one minute to regulate energy flow, increase concentration and relieve fatigue. This is known as the “chicken soup point” meaning it treats almost everything!
SP6 is one of the primary points for digestive, gynecological, and urinary disorders, as well as emotional and sleep disorders. It reduces edema/swelling in the legs, and promotes qi and fluid movement by invigorating circulation. To find it, place the pinkie-side edge of your hand against the high point of your medial malleolous (the big bone on the inside of your ankle). It is important to note that this point is contraindicated with pregnancy.
This pressure point is located three finger widths behind the base of your big toe, on the inside side of your foot. Applying pressure to this point will help balance energy circulation and relieve your mind of anxiety and worry. It’s also great for absorption of nutrients, bloating, Stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and feeling sluggish.
4. Tension Release
One of the most important pressure points, LR3, is found on the foot, on the line running between the big toe and the second toe and about three finger widths from the edge in the hollow on the top of the foot. Use this point to induce relaxation and to unblock any anger and depression.
5. Emotional Healing
This acupressure point helps restore a sense of calm and relieves anxiety, nervousness, depression, hysteria and other emotional imbalances. It also helps boost the immune system. It can be easily located on the center of the breastbone, about four finger-widths up from the base of the bone. You can press this point when you are in the prayer position with your palms joined, fingers pointing upward, and the knuckles of the thumb pressing into the breastbone. Make sure your spine is straight
6. Head Opener
GB20 is a point that is excellent for reducing stress, anxiety, exhaustion, burnout, headache or heaviness in the head, neck pain and insomnia. It is also good for relieving eye strain and a stiff neck. It is located at the base of the skull, at the top of the back of the neck, in the soft depressions just lateral to the thick tendons of the trapezius muscle.
7. Energy Tonic
KI 27 is on the chest, on the lower border of the clavicle. This point strengthens the immune system and is a Master Tonic Point. It is also very calming and relieves anxiety, stress and depression.
8. Immune System
LU7 or “Broken Sequence” is located just above the wrist, on the side of your forearm. With your wrists facing up, it is on the outside of your arm, about three fingers above the wrist crease. The point is indicated for headaches, cough, asthma, and sore throat among other things. It is also a “command point” for the head and neck, areas that are commonly involved in most colds/flus.
9. Letting Go
LI4 is on the top of the hand, between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones, in the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side. This point is great to use for many different conditions. It is used to strengthen one’s immune system or decrease the duration of colds and/or the flu. It can also be used for any type of problemwith the face which includes jaw pain, toothache, allergies, acne. It is also a great point to relieve a headache or to clear heat and inflammation anywhere in the body. It is important to note that this point is contraindicated with pregnancy.
10. Settling Down
PC6 is about three finger-widths right below the base of your palm between the two large tendons of the inside of your wrist. It offers a quick solution to everyday health issues such as nausea and vomiting, upset stomach, headaches and chest pain. It opens the chest for difficult breathing or asthma, induces sleep and calms anxiety.