Acupuncture has become a form of therapy that allows individuals to release energies from within their bodies so all pains can be released by targeting specific points. Regardless of what an individual’s age may be, he or she can gain the most benefits out of this therapy. For this reason, it is important for people to opt for this therapy, as there are no side effects!
The best part is that there are only five acupressure points for you to focus on. To apply pressure for yourself on these points, you do not need to have in depth knowledge about acupressure or acupuncture; you just need to know where the point is located and what symptoms you can fight by having acupressure done.
How Is Acupressure Done
You need to deeply press the point for at least 2 to 3 minutes or until you begin to feel strong sensations. Sometimes, individuals feel warmth when the point releases energy in the energy channels (meridians) that is then directed to the rest of your body.
When this warmth takes over your body, it means you are doing it right!
1. LI 4 (Large Intestine 4) – Common pain point
This point is connected with the face and head, which is why it helps with sinus problems, toothaches, and headaches. Since this point is powerful, it must not be done on pregnant women as it can stimulate contractions. However, if you are not pregnant and are suffering from pains, then you can use this point and calm your pains without having to resort to medication.
- Neck pains
- Sinus infections
- Red/swollen eyes
- Pains on your entire body
Location: The webbing between your index finger and thumb
2. PC 6 (Pericardium 6) – Common calming point
This point is the best point to help calm an anxious person.
- Opens up and relaxes the chest: palpitations, asthma, angina
- Poor memory
- Nausea, motion sickness, seasickness
- Sleeping disorders
- Poor memory
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Location: In the wrist in between two tendons that are up from the wrist
3. Taiyang – Common headache and stress relief point
This is another point that will help relieve pains all over your body.
- One sided headaches
- Facial paralysis
- Sinus issues
Location: The crease below and away from the eyebrow
4. LV3 (Liver 3) – Common pain and stress relief
This point is beneficial in eliminating pain and stresses from your body.
- Eyes issues – pain, redness, swelling, or blurred vision
- Genital issues
- Calming point
- Canker sores, headaches, dizziness
- Menstrual issues
- Digestive issues
Location: The webbing between the big toe and second toe (between two tendons)
5. GB 20 (Gallbladder 20) – Common point for flu, cough, and cold
- Twitching, numbness, vertigo, paralysis, tremors, dizziness
- Throat, face, and “sense organ help”
- Eye issues
- Fevers and chills
- Stiff neck
- All issues related to the head
- Headaches that occur at the back of the head
Location: Back of the head, below the skull bone, on either side of the spine
You can apply pressure on these points at home or ask an acupuncturist to do so! Simply by incorporating it in your life will allow you to live a healthy life!
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