Acupressure is a technique that belongs to one of the branches of traditional Chinese medicine, just like acupuncture and digitopuncture. This practice aims to circulate energies and relieve pain by stimulating the functioning of internal organs through pressure on specific points (hands, soles of the feet, pinna of the ear and some areas of the face). According to traditional Chinese medicine, the stimulation of these parts of the body creates an energetic relationship with the interior of our body, through vital channels, nerves, veins or arteries. So by working on these areas, you can feel results on other parts of your body or on your vital organs.
Bright Side shows you which acupressure points are associated with the most common pain. So the next time you have a headache or stomach ache, try this natural alternative before taking any medication!
A deep massage on a specific point allows the stimulation of the finger points. Ideally, you should apply deep pressure with your fingertips or knuckles.
The duration of the massages varies between 2 and 5 minutes (depending on the resistance of your body); you can start over up to 3 times a day. It is important not to overdo it because you could overstimulate an energy conduit or an organ and cause damage to the nerves, through excess pressure.
Here are the points most used in acupressure for the relief of symptoms and / or pain:
Stimulation of GB20 points, or Feng Chi, helps soothe headaches, migraines, blurred vision due to fatigue, asthenia and early symptoms of the flu.
These points are located at the base of the skull and on both sides of the spine. It is recommended that you massage these areas using both thumbs. The pressure exerted should cause a feeling of traction.
Stimulation of the point (L14), or Hoku, helps to calm the discomfort caused by stress, facial pain, headaches, mandible (or toothache) pain and tension in the neck.
This point is in the arc between the thumb and forefinger. It takes a big push to feel delivered. For a headache, you can apply pressure in the form of a massage for more than 5 minutes, until the pain starts to go away.
Point stimulation (LV3), or Tai Chong, helps reduce symptoms of stress, lower back pain, lumbago, high blood pressure, insomnia, and anxiety.
It is located between the tarsi of the big toe and the secundus. This time the massage should be done lightly, in small circles, because the bones in this part of the body are fragile.
Finally, point stimulation (ST36), or Zu San Li, is recommended to relieve gastrointestinal problems, nausea, vomiting, poor digestion or upset stomach. This point also activates the functions of the immunological system. Intervention in this area can help prevent virus contagion and strengthen natural defenses.
Now you know what acupressure is, and what things can help you relieve pain and prevent disease. You can therefore use it as a tool to stay healthy, and avoid going too often to the doctor or taking drugs loaded with toxins.