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3 Ways to Use Acupressure to Feel Better

​If you want to restore your wellness and balance or promote relaxation, there are many ways to do so. You may want to reduce tension in your muscles, relieve pain, enhance circulation, or even help deep relaxation states. Acupressure is one effective way to do this. Acupressure is an Asian Body Therapy originating from Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been in use for about 5,000 years now. It applies similar principles as acupuncture in promoting wellness and relaxation, as well as treating disease. However, it is friendlier because it eliminates the use of needles.

Acupressure vs. Acupuncture 

Acupuncture and acupressure are both methods used to stimulate the acupoints. In comparison, acupuncture uses a thin hair needle to stimulate acupoints whereas acupressure uses a firm pressure to massage the acupoints.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) identifies unique acupressure points, which lie along your body channels. Vital energy flows via these invisible channels. According to TCM theory, twelve major channels connect particular organs creating a communication system within the body. Such channels link your fingertips to the brain and then to the organ related to a specific meridian. Illness occurs when one of such channels is out of balance or blocked, and it is important that balance is restored.

Common Acupressure Points:

The body is filled with hundreds of acupressure points. There are a few that are often used by acupressure practitioners though:

  • Large Intestine 4 or LI-4: This one is found within the soft, fleshy tissue between the forefinger and the thumb.
  • Spleen 6 or SP-6: Found approximately 3-finger widths above the ankle bone.
  • Liver 3 or LR-3: Found right at your foot's top up from between the big toe & the next toe.
  • Pericardium 6: Found on the inside of your wrist approximately 3-finger widths down from the point of connection between the wrists and the hand.
  • Stomach 36 or the "Leg Three Miles": Found 4-finger widths below your kneecap & 1-finger width towards the outside of your shinbone.

Ways to Use Acupressure to Feel Better 

1. To Get Rid of Exhaustion (Zu San Li)

Applying pressure on to the acupressure point "Stomach 36" helps you when fatigued, having poor digestion, lowered immunity, or want to promote your overall immunity. If you are so exhausted that you can't walk, applying pressure on the same point fuels you to walk three miles further.

2. To relieve pain in your Upper Body (He Gu)

Upper body pain including stiffness in the neck, head, face, or throat can be relieved by exerting pressure on the intestine four acupoints. This heals a headache, toothache, sore throat, sinus pain, or even neck & jaw pain. It can as well help with postoperative pain and low back pain.

3. For the stomach discomfort (Nei Guan)

Putting pressure on the Pericardium 6 acupoint is good for nausea, anxiety, dizziness, and emotional condition. It also helps get rid of morning sickness in pregnant women.

Acupressure practitioners make use of the elbow, palm, fingers, feet, or specialized devices in applying pressure on your acupoints on your body channels. Acupressure massage, stretching, and other methods can as well be used. Sessions can take an hour while a number of sessions may be required for the best outcome. The purposes of acupressure are mainly restoring health & balance to the energy body channels and regulating opposing negative energy forces and positive energy.

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