Acupressure, the Chinese alternative healing method, is all about knowing and making use of little pressure points located all over the body to get rid of ailments without invasive procedures. The best part is, you can do it yourself!
Today, we give you a list of points that you could use to self-treat common ailments.
Chinese Name: He Gu
Location: Fleshy area between the thumb and index finger
Heals: Headaches, Shoulder pains, Backaches, Hangovers, Neck Pain, Arthritis and Constipation.
Chinese Name: Yin Tang
Location: Midway between the two eyebrows just above the bridge of the nose
Heals: Stress, Insomnia, Headaches, Sinus and Nasal congestion
Chinese Name: Nei Guan
Location: On the inner forearm, three fingers below the wrist between the two tendons
Heals: Carpal tunnel syndrome, Nausea, Vomiting, Morning sickness, Motion sickness and headaches.
Chinese Name: Zan Zhu
Location: Either side of the bridge of the nose, just below the eyebrows
Heals: Sinus congestion, Headache, Blurry vision, Night blindness, Glaucoma and Allergy symptoms
Chinese Name: Tian Zhu
Location: At the back of the neck, on the prominent muscle that juts out when the neck is bent.
Heals: Neck pain and stiffness, Cold symptoms, Eye pain, Stress and Insomnia
Chinese Name: Zhi Bian
Location: Middle of the back of the knee joint
Heals: Severe backaches, Sciatica, Arthritis and Knee pain
Sea Of Tranquility
Chinese Name: Dan Zhong
Location: Three fingers below the breastbone, middle of the chest
Heals: Anxiety, Nervousness, Depression, Tension in the chest, Asthma and Palpitations.
Things To Remember
Acupressure at home is simple and convenient but you need to be mindful of the following points before you begin the treatment:
- Make sure you use firm pressure to stimulate the pressure point using your palms or fingertips. Do not apply pressure in an abrupt manner.
- Press for three minutes and release. Repeat.
- There is no limit to the number of times you can carry out the massage.
- Relax, close your eyes and breathe deeply while you are stimulating your pressure points.
- For ‘At-Home’ massages, you can purchase acupressure aids such as rings, rollers, slippers and more.
- Do not apply pressure on broken skins or recent/healing wounds.
- Many pressure points can induce labour so avoid using acupressure on pregnant women.
- Be gentle on the pressure points if you are suffering from a serious health condition and do not forego medical care.
With these points and precautions in mind, it’s time to take greater responsibility for your own health.