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How To Do Acupressure

Acupressure is using the same points with manual pressure that are used with acupuncture.  Acupressure can be very effective.

It is important to accurately find your points.  Your acupuncturist can help you locate the points.  I sometimes just write on my patients to show where the points are if they are going to use them at home a few days.

Some common points for acupressure are:

Large Intestine 11

This point is great for constipation.  It is a very strong point, which means that acupressure can work easily there.

This point is also used to boost the immune system.  It “moistens the intestines”.  If you are constipated, you will like this point a lot.  You need to press on both elbows for about 5 minutes.  You can alternate elbows.

You can see Large Intestine 11 is by the elbow.  It is located at the end of the crease by the elbow.

Spleen 6 is also a popular point for acupressure.  It helps to calm you and get rid of excess fluids.  It is located by the ankle, about one hand width above the round ball (your medial malleolus).  It is located just behind the bone.

Spleen 6 is done on most patients.  It helps to relieve stress, regulate the liver energy, strengthen the kidneys and balance the hormones.  It is one of the most important points in acupuncture.

Pericardium 6 is one of the best points to learn.  It is used for nausea, morning sickness and insomnia.  Women buy wrist bands that put a gentle pressure on this point.  This point also opens the energy circulation in the chest and regulates the stomach.  The trick is to measure it correctly.

Points are located by using body measurements.  For example, you use your finger to measure for Pericardium 6.  First find the wrist crease, place your two first fingers at the first knuckle joint.  You use that to find Pericardium 6.  Even if you are a little off, you can still get a benefit.  The acupuncture points have an area of influence that might be as big as a quarter or nickel.