Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Using Acupressure to heal yourself

Acupressure is a technique where the energies of the body are regulated by manipulating points on the body which has effects on the emotions, tension and physical conditions. Two ways that acupressure points can be manipulated are by pressing (reinforcing) and reducing them.  To press points, use something blunt. Fingertips can be used on some points, pencil eraser that’s on the other side of a pencil would be a better option. When you are not feeling any effects from pressing points, several things may be the case. You may not be pressing on the exact spot acupuncture points are about 0.5 mm diameter, so you’ll have to be precise. Try different spots around the location you first tried. Pressure can be applied for a duration of 30 to 60 seconds. Wait for two hours after eating before using these points. 

(1 cun = width of the thumb, in the middle, at the crease 3 cun = combined breadth of the 4 fingers, at the level of the pinky finger’s first joint above the palm of the hand, 12 cun = the distance from the elbow crease to the wrist crease.)
 Lung (LU) 7 located 1.5 cun above the wrist crease. found by sliding your finger from the thumb side of your wrist crease over the styloid process and press where sore.
 Uses: colds (sneezing, chills, runny nose), sore throat.
Lung (LU) 9: On the Lung meridian, located at the wrist crease on the radial side of the radial artery, found by feeling the pulse in your wrist near the joint and moving your finger towards the thumb.
Uses: cough, asthma, shortness of breath 
P6:   Let your  palm  face upward. Measure three finger widths from the wrist line to the middle of your wrist. Locate the two tendons in the middle of your wrist–these are the palmaris longus and the flexor carpi radialis.Find the spot between the two tendons in the wrist–this is the P6 pressure point.  Useful in treating nausea, reflux, and hiccups. It helps get relief from motion sickness.
Ki1 Point: This point is located on the sole of the foot. Slide your finger along the bottom of your foot,  underneath the “pads.” Between the pads of the big toe and the second toe, you’ll find a little depression or hollow. Press until you find a point that is very sensitive. Hold or massage that point. Can be used for cooling hot flashes, night sweats, palpitations, anxiety and insomnia.
 SP6: On the inside of the lower leg, one hand width (four fingers) above the tip of the ankle bone, on the back of the shin bone. Can be used for digestive disorders, gynaecological issues, male sexual issues, menstrual issues insomnia, palpitations, and other anxiety related emotions, dizziness and hypertension. 
ST-36: On the front of the leg, one hand width (four fingers) below the kneecap, on the outside, in the depression between the shinbone and the leg muscle. This point can strengthen the body, especially the immune system; tone the muscles and aid digestion; and relieve fatigue.
LIV-3: top of the foot in the webbing between the big toe and the second toe. The point is located about 3  finger widths from the edge, in the depression the size of a finger tip you can feel there. Relaxes and unblocks emotions, depression, headaches, menstrual pain, anxiety. 
 CV12 is on the mid line of the body, halfway between your breastbone’s base and your belly button.. CV12  specifically treats heart burn. 
 CV6 is two finger widths under the belly button. CV6 alleviates abdominal pain, bloating and constipation.
Large intestine 4: Is found on the muscle between the thumb and index finger and may be stimulated to relieve headaches at the front of the head.
GV 16: Is located in the center of the back of your head, in the large hollow under the base of the skull.  Helps to release mental stress relieves neck pain, headache, soreness in general, sore throat, hypertension, nightmares, trauma, fear, and insomnia.
GV 24 : Is between the eyebrows, in the indentation where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead. This point balances the function of the pituitary gland, anxiety, emotional trauma, and dizziness.
Large Intestine 11: Is located at the elbow crease. Bend your forearm with your hand towards your neck,  the point is located at the end of the crease at the elbow. It’s at the very end of the crease, on the thumb side of the arm. This point is good for flus and colds and for a throat that’s sore and swollen.

 Large Intestine 4: Is located in the dorsal web space, between the first and second metacarpal bones, on the highest point of the bulge formed when the thumb is adducted. Is helpful for colds, sneezing, runny nose and sore eyes, alleviates pain in the shoulder and arm, sinus congestion, allergies, headaches, sore throat, fever and toothaches.
Gallbladder 41: Is located in the area on your foot between your fourth and fifth toes, moving backward  until you cross a thick tendon and feel where the two tarsal bones inside your foot meet. Gallbladder 41 helps to regulate hormonal function.


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