In our day-to-day lives, we suffer from different body pains which can be quite aggressive too. Many times, they are so hectic and makes us feel as a patient! Today we will be telling you 10 some Acupressure points which will help to relieve 10 very common aches and pains.
First let us discuss what is Acupressure, which will help you to guess its treatment more easily.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that involves applying pressure to certain meridian points on the body to relieve pain. The human body has fourteen “meridians” that carry energy throughout the body. Acupressure is the most effective method for self-treatment of tension-related ailments by using the power and sensitivity of the human hand.
Acupressure has many benefits which are given as follows.
Benefits of Acupressure:
- Decreases labor pain
- Relax mind and the body
- Improves blood circulation
- Increases energy levels
- Increases the feeling of well-being
Now we shall be telling you about 10 very common pains and aches, and their respective acupressure points.
1. Joining the Valley-
The Joining the Valley acupressure point is popular for getting rid of headaches. This point is located in the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger, at the highest spot of the muscle when both the thumb and finger are brought close together. Press and massage this point for a couple of minutes and then repeat on the other hand. Do this as needed.
The Pericardium acupressure point is considered useful for getting rid of nausea and vomiting caused by a variety of reasons including motion sickness, pregnancy, post-surgery and post-chemotherapy. It is located between the two large tendons on the inside of your wrist, about three finger-widths below the base of your palm. Press the point with your index and middle fingers for a couple of minutes. Repeat several times, as needed.
3. The Third Eye-
The Third Eye acupressure point is good for calming your mind, improving memory, relieving stress, chronic fatigue, headaches, eye strain and insomnia.
Close your eyes and locate the Third Eye pressure point on the knobby spot on the bridge of your nose between your eyebrows. Using your middle finger, gently press it for a few seconds to 1 minute and then release. Repeat several times a week.
4. Sea of Tranquility-
Also known as Conception Vessel 17, the Sea of Tranquility 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 is located 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.
5. Leg Three Miles-
The Leg Three Miles acupressure point is commonly used to improve digestive disorders including indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Bend your leg and place your fingers just below the knee cap, beginning with the index finger at the base of the knee cap.
You will find the Leg Three Miles point at four finger-widths down from the base of the knee cap, where your little finger rests just to the outside of the shin bone. Massage this point moderately daily for a few seconds.
6. Commanding middle-
This knee back acupressure point is beneficial for reducing knee and back pain; stiffness in the back; arthritis in the knee, back and hips; and sciatica pain.
Commanding Middle acupressure point is situated at the center of the backside of the knee cap. Gently press it for about 1 minute and then repeat on the other leg. Do this daily, as needed.
7. Sacral points-
Sacral acupressure points are great for relaxing the uterus and relieving menstrual cramps. It also helps reduce sciatica and lower back pain.
The bunch of sacral points is located on the sacrum, that is, the base of the spine directly above the tail bone. Simply lie down on your back with your hands under the base of your spine. Place one hand on top of the other so as to apply steady and firm pressure on the sacral points for a couple of minutes.
8. Shen men-
Shen men acupressure point is very useful for you to quit smoking.
The Shen Men point is located on the upper half of the ear, above the apex of the triangular fossa. Place your index finger on this point and your thumb behind the ear on the same point. Massage it by applying firm pressure. Do this a few times daily until you are satisfied with the results.
9. Heavenly pillar-
Heavenly Pillar is a pair of acupressure points that are excellent for reducing stress, anxiety, exhaustion, burnout, headache or heaviness in the head, neck pain and insomnia. They are also good for relieving eye strain and a stiff neck.
These points are located at one finger-width below the base of the skull on each side, on the prominent neck muscles located 1/2 inch out from the spine. Just press these acupressure points for a couple of minutes daily for several weeks.
10. Bigger Rushing-
Bigger Rushing acupressure point is good for improving memory and concentration. It encourages clarity of thought and focus.
You can easily locate this point on the top of the foot, where the bones of the big toe and second toe meet. Press it gently for a couple of minutes and then release. Do this 2 or 3 times a day for a few weeks.
Also, it helps relieve headaches, soothe tired eyes, fight fatigue, reduce hangovers, boost the immune system and prevent allergies as it keeps the body’s energy flowing smoothly.
Warning: Although acupressure is generally considered safe, pregnant women should consult an expert before applying this therapy as some acupoints may stimulate uterine contractions.
Acupressure points are like magic touch! Those can do miracles if done properly. Take care and live well!
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She holds a Bachelor Degree in Alternative Medicine and interested in Naturopathy.