One of my favorite acupuncture/ acupressure points: Nei Guan aka Pericardium/ PC6.
💗This point calms the heart and spirit , good for anxiety, irritability, insomnia, any heart problem💔😭)
💗relaxes the chest and regulates the Qi
💗suppresses rebellious qi and stops vomiting
suppresses pain (in stomach/chest pain)
💗It is commonly used to help relieve nausea, upset stomach, motion sickneess, carpal tunnel syndrome, and anxiety😫.
📍This point is located about three finger breadths( 2 cun) below the wrist on the inner forearm in between the two tendons. Apply firm pressure and massage this point if you feel anxious or nauseous. It is cited in many research studies that the stimulation of this point alleviates nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and also helps prevent post-operative nausea and vomiting🙌🏼. The Journal of Autonomic Neuroscience also published an article that showed P6 and Stomach 36 (another fave point) have a combined, synergistic effect on gastrointestinal motility. In another study, Nei Guan has also been shown to help alleviate intractable hiccups!
Headache, jaw pain, or sinus pressure, got you like 😩😭😫and you can’t get to your acupuncturist? Try this acupressure point. One of acupuncture’s most powerful analgesic pain relieving point is He Gu~ Junction Valley (LI 4). Good for:
Any problem on the face - sense organs, mouth, teeth, jaw, toothache, tmj, allergies, rhinitis, hay fever, eye problems, etc. headache, especially frontal or sinus chronic pain.
Major influence on circulation of Qi and Blood - commonly used in combination with Liver 3 (I explain this point 14 posts back) called the four gates, to strongly move the Qi and Blood in the body clearing stagnation and alleviating pain.
He Gu (LI4) is located on the highest spot of the muscle when the thumb and index fingers are brought close together. To use acupressure on this point, (1) locate the point then (2) use a deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 30 seconds to a minute.
He Gu (LI4) is a point that has been extensively studied through randomized controlled trials and clinical research. Recent studies from the Journal of Orofacial Pain showed that the stimulation of He Gu (LI4) significantly reduced myofascial pain of the jaw muscles . A recent Cochrane systematic review on acupuncture in migraine and tension-type headaches suggests stimulation of acupoints as an effective and valuable option for alleviating migraines and tension-type headaches.
This is also a good point to massage for hand pain due to too much scrolling!
🚨WARNING🚨This point is contraindicated in pregnancy🙅🏻! So if you are pregnant do not massage this point. We actually use this point to help with labor👶🏼.
Did you mix too many different delicious foods and drinks over the weekend and you belly is feeling it? Good news, we have an acupuncture/ acupressure point to help you feel better!🙌🏼🙏🏼. Stomach 36, located on the Stomach meridian, about 4 finger spaces below the knee in the depression on the lateral side of the tibia, is the Command Point for the abdomen and its really great for stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and indigestion. Gently massage this point for 30 seconds to 1 minute and your tummy should start to feel better quickly!
One of my favorite acupuncture points for relieving anxiety, stress, and tension is Ren 17, also known as the "Sea of Tranquility". It is located on your front midline, at the level with the fourth intercostal space, approximately midway between the nipples, massage around for a tender spot. This calming and emotionally supportive acupuncture point is also a great acupressure point.🙌🏼☯️ Aside from it's calming functions it has an important role in the immune system. The Thymus gland is located under the sternum and is just below this acupressure point which can boost your immunity by stimulating the development of disease fighting T cells. 💓Massage gently in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes several times per day or as needed.
Spleen 6 is one of the best female acupuncture/acupressure points!
It is located approximately 4 fingers above the tip of the medial malleolus- there is usually a very tender depression (as shown in the picture)
🚺It is the #1 point for menstrual cramps as it has direct connection with the uterus. It is a great point to massage when you have cramps💯💯💯
🚺In Chinese Medicine this point is used to help strengthen the Spleen and transform damp which means that it can help with bloating and digestion issues. It can also help cool the blood for heat/ skin conditions.
🚺It spreads the Liver Qi and can be used to relieve abdominal pain and dysmenorrhea (pain during period)
❌Caution: Do not use 🚫or massage this point during pregnancy, we use this one to help promote delivery!
Let me introduce to you Liver 3 💮Tai Chong 💮which translates to Supreme Surge. This point is a major gateway for energy that flows up your body and an excellent point for DIY acupressure. Its a good one for detox and one of the key points for headaches too!
📍Located on the top of your foot, in the valley or webbing between the large toe and second toe. Using your thumb or index finger, press between the bones. Start with light pressure, this point can be tender and sensitive, increase pressure to moderate to firm and massage for 1-2 minutes.
🌟This point has so many other functions as well.
💚Spreads Liver Qi AKA good for STRESS! ( dissension and pain along the channel, PMS, frequent sighing, moody, depression)
💚Discharges damp heat in lower burner (urinary problems, genital problems; itching)
Nourishes Liver blood and Yin (cools blood, eyes, tendons and uterus)
💚Sedates Liver Yang and extinguishes wind (epilepsy, mouth deviation, good for stroke)