By Song Han; First Year Project Manager
With roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupressure is an effective form of self-treatment that has been used for more than 2000 years. Acupressure has the same principles as acupuncture but does not use needles and instead use pressure applied by the hand or elbow. Common acupressure points can help reduce stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, back and neck pains.
Acupressure is about applying pressure to certain acupoints, or acupressure points, to send a signal to the body to “turn on” its self-healing or regulatory mechanisms. These acupoints lie along meridians, or channels, in our bodies, and through these meridians flow vital energy or life force called qi. There is a total of 12 major meridians that connect organs through qi, organizing a system of communication throughout the body. When one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, it can cause illness so acupressure is used to restore that balance by stimulating the flow of qi.
This form of self-treatment is easy to learn and can be done anywhere and anytime since it does not require extra tools. These are a few common hand pressure points to help with certain pain and problems.
Hand Valley Point: Most popular acupressure point located between your thumb and pointer finger. Applying pressure regularly will help remove excess body heat, reduce stress, headache, migraine, toothache, shoulder tension, neck pain, and constipation.
Base of Thumb Point: the point located in the base of the thumb distal to the wrist and can help relieve breathing and coughing problems.
Wrist Point 1: Located on the wrist in line with the pinky, by applying pressure to that point it can help heal stress and improve the emotional state.
Inner Gate Point: Located about three centimeters proximal from the wrist crease, massaging this point can relieve indigestion, nausea, stomach pain and anxiety.