Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands. Among the advantages of acupressure’s healing touch is that it is safe to do on yourself and others – even if you’ve never done it before – so long as you follow the instructions and pay attention to the cautions. There are no side effects from drugs, and the only equipment needed are your own two hands. You can practice acupressure therapy any time, anywhere.
An acupressure point has two identities and ways of working. When you stimulate a point in the same are where you feel pain or tension, it’s called a local point. The same point can also relieve pain in a part of the body that is distant from the point, in which case it is called a trigger point This triggering mechanism works through meridians to heal the distant part that you want to relieve and/or treat.
As I mentioned in previous TCM series, an illness or pain is viewed as an imbalance according to TCM. By stimulating acupoints we can restore balance and relieve symptoms.
How can you locate acupoints?
Explore the area with a deep pressure, until the exact point announced itself to you with a sharp twinge. When you have found the point, apply pressure for 15 to 30 sec. Repeat using the same point on the othe rside of your body. Some points are more sensitive than others, but you definitely should be feeling a minor pain, otherwise that point isn’tappropriatefor you. Remember, no pain no gain!
I’ll present few acupoints that I do often (at least once every other day)
Zu San Li:Regulates and tonifies spleen and stomach Qi; regulates and facilitates Qi and blood, raises yang Qi. This is a very powerful point. It can treat: Stomach and spleen diseases, anorexia, intestinal abscess, bloody dysentery , abdominal masses, digestive ulcers, colitis, appendicitis, enteritis, pancreatitis, nausea, diarrhea, constipation,insomnia, general weakness , skin diseases, urticaria, eczema, breast abscess, allergies, anemia,dizziness, vertigo, headache.
San Yin Jiao: it’s a meeting point of liver, kidney and spleen. It regulates and tonifies spleen and stomach, nourishes blood and facilitates blood flow, resolves damp, damp heat and damp cold, promotes liver Qi and regulates menstruation.
Sea blood:Regulates the spleen and menstruation, invigorates and facilitates blood flow, cools the blood, tonifies stomach Qi.
You can find more acupoints according what you want to treat here.