Acupressure therapy is not a new phenomenon, it has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine for years together. It involves the simple process of applying on certain points on your body. These points lie along meridians in your body to aid relaxation, treat illnesses and promote healing. You would be surprised to know that there are about 400 acupressure points on the body including acupressure points to relieve body pains & aches.
Acupressure practitioners believe that qi (chi) flow along these meridians or energy pathways. There are 12 major meridians in all connecting specific organs. Your body suffers from an illness when a few of these meridians get blocked.
You can activate the acupressure points by applying moderate pressure for a couple of minutes and then release it. To get the best out of this holistic practice, try breathing gently throughout the acupressure session to aid relaxation this makes the treatment work better.
Here are the top 10 Pressure Points to Relieve Pain.
- Joining the Valley-for Headaches
The Joining the Valley or the (LI 4) acupressure point is one of the most potent acupressure points for pain relief. It treats a number of pains and niggles such as toothaches, neck pain, arthritis. It also treats constipation and hangovers.
Find this point in the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger, at the crest of the muscle when the thumb and finger are brought close together. Stimulate the point for a couple of minutes on one hand and then in the other hand.
- Pericardium- for Nausea and Vomiting
The Pericardium (P6) acupressure point treats a number of ailments such as motion sickness, pregnancy and so on but it is particularly effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, chest pain, and so on.Find this point between the two large tendons on the inside of your wrist, just three finger-widths down the bottom of your palm. Use your index and middle fingers to press this point.
- The Third Eye- for Chronic Fatigue and Eye Strain
The Third Eye acupressure point or the (GV 24.5) is great for treating eye strain. It also calms your mind, improves memory, relieves stress and insomnia. It is a great solution for your sinus pain and congestion. Close your eyes and press the point between your eyebrows. Using your middle finger to press this point for a few minutes.
- Sea of Tranquillity- for Emotional Healing
The Conception Vessel 17 (CV 17) or the Sea of Tranquillity acupressure point is an incredibly effective point to balance out emotional disturbances. It also helps boost the immune system.Find it in the center of the breastbone, about four cuns up from the foundation of the bone. Sit in a prayer position and press this point with your palms joined, ensure that your knuckles of the thumb press into the breastbone. Try this every day for a month for best results.
- Commanding Middle (B 54)This is one of the most effective acupressure points for body pain. Find this point on the back of your knees. This helps reduce the pain in the back and knee region and treats the arthritis pain experienced in the hips, knees and back region. The B 54 point can also treat sciatica pain. This point is provided relief from pain for at least six months. Massage this acupressure point a least once a day.
- Leg Three Point (ST 36)
Locate the ST 36 point just below the kneecap just on the outer edge of the shin bone. Press this point for a variety of issues such as constipation, bloating and nausea. This point, in fact, is also effective in treating menstrual pain and helps reduce fatigue. Try acupressure for body pain to get quick relief from niggling pain issues.
- Shen menThe Shen men point is located on the upper half of the vertex of the triangular fossa. The Shen men point is really effective in dealing with all kinds of addictions. Since this point is effectual in sorting out your nervous system imbalance it also alleviates minor aches and pains. Use your index finger to stimulate the Shen Men point and use your thumb on the back of the ear.
- Sacral Points
Find these points on the tailbone, at the foundation of the spine. Stimulate these points to get relief from menstrual cramps and also helps minimize lower back pain. Try this out, lie on your back and bring your hands one atop another to intensify the pressure. Try activating these points on your tailbone for a few minutes every day.
- Bigger Rushing (LV 3)
Find this point on the top of the foot where your big toe and second toe meets. This functional point helps to get relief from foot pain and hip pain and even relieves you of cramping.
- Heavenly Pillar Point (B 10)
The Heavenly pillar point is a great neck pain reliever. Find this point on your neck muscles, 1/2 inch right above the level of your spine. If you are suffering from insomnia and think the stress in your life is overwhelming, also have a reoccurrence of splitting headaches, then the heavenly pillar point is just what you need to stimulate. This is also a great point to provide relief from the stiff and sore neck. Ensure the application of the pressure is firm and steady to reap the maximum benefits.
Many people are wary of the acupressure and/or acupuncture treatments, thinking they may not prove to be as effective as over-the-counter pills. But they cannot be further from the truth, Acupressure provides relief to most common ailments and even chronic conditions. It is a holistic practice and takes time to provide relief, but it is completely without side effects. Try it out to deal with niggling aches and pains that plague you, affecting your quality of life. Once you get the drift, you’ll be able to administer the points on yourself.