See What Happens to Your Body When You Press 12 Key Points
The ancient Chinese practice of acupressure can provide more help than just relieving us of little annoying health issues like headaches, cold/flu, and fatigue. It can also aid us in our overall well-being.
Bright Side presents you with 12 amazing pressure points that will naturally help to heal your body and mind. The techniques we bring to you are special because they can be self-administered anytime, anywhere.
So let’s welcome this healthy lifestyle and say goodbye to daily pill-popping and trips to the doctor.
1. Feng Chi
How to locate: Start by feeling for your ear bone, and follow the groove back to where your neck muscles and skull meet.
How to apply: Clasp your hands by interlocking your fingers. Then use your thumbs to apply firm pressure toward your skull. Massage and stimulate the area for 4–5 seconds.
2. Jian Jing
Recommended for: Neck stiffness, shoulder tension, and chronic daily headaches.
How to locate: The point is located on your shoulder between the rotator cuff and vertebral column. It can be found by pressing your shoulder muscle with your thumb and middle finger.
How to apply: Apply pressure in a downward direction using your index finger or thumb. Massage the area for 4–5 seconds.
3. San Yin Jiao
How to locate: It is located 4 finger widths above your ankle (measured from the highest point in your ankle) in the trough behind the bone.
How to apply: Apply firm pressure to this point on the inside of your legs, and massage the area for 4–5 seconds.
CAUTION: It should not be used during pregnancy as it may induce labor.
4. Zhong Zhu
Recommended for: Temporal headaches, shoulder pain, neck tension, and upper back pain.
How to locate: This point is located behind your knuckles in the groove formed by the tendons of your ring finger and little finger.
How to apply: Apply firm pressure to the depression, and massage the area for 4–5 seconds.
5. Zu San Li
Traditional Chinese literature also recommends it for better health and longevity.
How to locate: It is located on the outward-facing side of your leg in the depression about 4 finger widths below the bottom of your kneecap.
How to apply: Apply downward pressure on the muscle area for about 4–5 seconds.
6. Nei Guan
How to locate: It is located in the depression between the tendons 4 finger widths below your wrist.
How to apply: Massage between the 2 tendons while applying gentle pressure for 4–5 seconds.
7. Shou San Li
Recommended for: Neck stiffness, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, and diarrhea.
How to locate: It is located on the outer surface of the forearm 3 finger widths below the elbow crease when the elbow is bent 90°.
How to apply: Apply firm pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 4–5 seconds.
8. He Gu
How to locate: It is located between the web of your thumb and index finger.
How to apply: Apply deep pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 4–5 seconds.
CAUTION: It may induce labor and so must never be used during pregnancy.
9. Tai Chong
Traditional Chinese texts also recommend it for digestive issues, eye problems, genital pain, headaches, canker sores, and irritability.
How to locate: Tai Chong is located on your foot about 2 finger widths above the place where your index toe and big toe join.
How to apply: Apply deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 2–3 seconds.
10. Yin Tang
Recommended for: Relieving stress, eye strain, headaches, treating nasal and sinus congestions, curing insomnia, and increasing the effectiveness of the brain.
How to locate: It is located on your forehead between your eyebrows.
How to apply: Gently press this point using your fingers for about a minute, and then release. You can repeat it a couple of times a week.
11. Lao Gong
Recommended for: Mouth ulcers, mild fever, anxiety.
How to locate: It is located where the tip of your ring finger lands in the palm of your hand when you make a fist.
How to apply: Apply firm pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 2–3 seconds. Repeat 2–3 times a day.
12. Qi Hai Shu
Recommended for: Lower back pain, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, and asthma.
How to locate: It can be found 2 finger widths (1.5 cun) above the upper end of your hip. For a better understanding, refer to the photograph above.
How to apply: Using your thumbs to apply pressure, massage both sides of the spine for 4–5 seconds. Repeat daily.
Bright Side hopes that all its readers will take advantage of these pressure points in their endeavor to stay healthy.
Let us know in the comments what improvements you felt after practicing these.
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