Acupressure is believed to work by applying pressure to certain points or “acupoints” on the body. It is believed that once pressure is applied to these acupoints, a signal is sent to the corresponding point giving pain that causes internal self-healing or regulatory mechanism to kick in and diminish the pain. Oh yeah, and you can do it to yourself! Here are a few points on your body you can try acupressure on if you’re experiencing pain or other ailments.
TAI CHONG (LV3)
Tai Chong (LV3) is commonly used for stress, lower back pain, high blood pressure, menstrual cramps, limb pain, insomnia, and anxiety. Tai Chong (LV3) is located on your foot about two finger widths above the place where the skin of your big toe and the next toe join. To use acupressure on this point, (1) locate the point with your shoes off then (2) use deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 4-5 seconds.
Zu San Li (ST36)
Zu San Li (ST36) is commonly used for gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, and vomiting, as well as stress and fatigue. Zu San Li (ST36) is located four finger widths down from the bottom of your kneecap along the outer boundary of your shin bone. If you are in the right place, a muscle should pop out as you move your foot up and down. To use this acupressure point, (1) locate the point then (2) apply downward pressure on the muscle, stimulating the area for 4-5 seconds.
Zhong Zhu (TE3, Triple Energizer 3)
Zhong Zhu (TE3) is commonly used in the clinic for temporal headaches, shoulder and neck tension, and upper back pain. This point is located in the groove formed by the tendons of the 4th and 5th fingers behind the knuckles. To use acupressure on this point, (1) locate the point in the groove then (2) use a deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 4-5 seconds.
He Gu (LI4)
He Gu (LI4) is clinically used for stress, facial pain, headaches, toothaches and neck 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 4-5 seconds. Word of caution: Women who are pregnant should not try this as it can induce labor.
Jian Jang (GB21)
Jian Jang (GB2) is most commonly used for pain, neck stiffness, shoulder tension, and headaches. Jian Jing (GB 21) is located in the muscle by first pinching the shoulder muscle with your thumb and middle finger. To use acupressure on this point, (1) locate the point and pinch as directed, then (2) using your index finger, apply downward pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 4-5 seconds while releasing your pinch.