Acupressure: Did you know you can do your own? This is how…


Acupressure is an effective form of stimulation to treat pain and illness. Qi (vital energy) circulates through pathways in the body called meridians. Blockage of this flow can cause illness and pain. Acupressure helps correct these imbalances and restore the flow, allowing the body to return to a state of well-being.

To administer acupressure, apply deep, firm pressure with a finger using a rotary or up-and-down movement. Stimulate each point for several minutes at a time and repeat as necessary. When massaging points, find a comfortable position and breathe deeply.

Here are eight commonly used acupressure points:

Stomach 36 (ST 36)

Location: four finger widths below the bottom of the knee cap, along the outer border of the shin bone

Indications: fatigue, depression, knee pain and gastrointestinal discomfort. This point is known for its ability to promote health and longevity.

Spleen 6 (SP 6)

Location: four finger widths above the ankle on the medical side of the leg

Indications: urological and pelvic disorders as well as fatigue and insomnia

*Avoid during pregnancy*

Large Intestine 4 (LI 4)

Location: at the highest spot that is formed when the thumb and index fingers are brought together

Indications: stress, headaches, toothaches, facial pain and neck pain

*Must never be used during pregnancy, can induce labor*

Liver 3 (LV 3)

Location: on top of the foot about two finger widths above the place where the skin of the big toe and the next toe join

Indications: stress, low back pain, high blood pressure, limb pain, insomnia and emotional upset

Pericardium 6 (PC 6)

Location: three finger breadths below the wrist on the inner forearm in between the two tendons

Indication: nausea, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, upset stomach, motion sickness, headache and heart palpitations

San Jiao 3 (SJ 3)

Location: in the groove formed by the tendons of the 4th and 5th fingers, behind the knuckle Indications: temporal headaches, shoulder and neck tension, and upper back pain

Gallbladder 20 (GB 20)

Location: at the top of the sternocleidomastoid muscle which runs from the back of the head down to the shoulders (feel for the mastoid (ear) bone and follow the groove back to where the neck muscles attach to the skull)

Indications: headache, migraine, eye blurriness or fatigue, low energy, cold/flu symptoms