Acupressure is form of manual medicine based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture meridian points. In TCM, we believe that Qi energy flows through our body via the meridian lines. If this energy becomes excess, deficient, or stagnant in our body then disease can occur.
In acupressure, we use our hand instead of needles to place deep firm pressure on the points. Acupressure can help relieve a variety of symptoms, and you can repeat as often as you like.
Here are some of the most common symptoms my patients experience — as well as the pressure points I use to help them:
Pressure point: Large Intestine 4 (Hegu)
Location: Place your thumb and index finger together. At highest point of the bulge of the muscle and at the end of the crest is LI4.
Notes: This point is used for many conditions related to the head, including nosebleeds, nasal congestion, and tooth pain. Women who are pregnant should not use this point as it can induce labor.
Pressure point: Pericardium 6 (Nei Guan)
Location: Two finger breadths below the wrist on the inner forearm between the two tendons.
Notes: This point is also used for motion sickness and upset stomach.
Pressure points: Large Intestine 20 (Ying Xiang), Stomach 2 (Sibai), and Bladder 2 (Zanzhu)
Location: LI 20: In the midpoint of the nasal groove; ST 2: As the eyes are looking forward in line with the pupil, in the depression of the infraorbital foramen; BL 2: On the medial end of the eyebrow
Notes: This point is also used for sinus pain.
Lower Back Pain
Pressure point: Lung 10 (Yuji)
Location: LI 20: On the palm side of the thumb, midpoint of shaft.
Notes: I also use this point for back spasm.
Pressure point: GV 24.5 (Yin Tang)
Location: At the midpoint between the eyebrows.
Notes: Also used for frontal headaches, sinus issues, and nosebleeds.
Sandra Sanchez, who is on staff at Dr. Frank Lipman’s Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, is a licensed massage therapist, Active Release Technique practitioner, and acupuncturist.