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Our Favourite Acupuncture/Acupressure Points This Month!

Our Favourite Acupuncture/Acupressure Points This Month!

acupressure pointsThe power in one single point of the body can be amazing. Here are the acupressure points we have focused on this month that can make a difference to your physical and mental health.

Please note, not every point is for everyone. While some are powerful in helping some conditions, we recommend reading through their descriptions below to see if you should incorporate them into your at-home acupressure routine.

 

 

YONG QUAN (“Bubbling Spring Point” or “Kidney 1”)

Yong Quan acupressure point

The Yong Quan Point (“Bubbling Spring Point” or “Kidney 1”) is located on the foot and is the lowest acupuncture point and most yin part of the body. It is in continual contact with the yin energy of the earth. 🌱 🌸

It is considered an effective point to shift consciousness and it also responds well to pressure (like barefoot walking) and a lovely, warm foot soak. We recommend hot water (that doesn’t burn) for 20 minutes, 2-3 times per week and adding a couple of handfuls of epsom salts, a few drops of lavender and teatree essential oil and ideally a handful of moxa leaves [artemisia vulgaris]. Enquire with us if you would like some moxa leaves.

It is a very grounding point and can be massaged gently at bedtime in order to create a feeling of relaxation and ward off insomnia. We recommend you try it tonight to help give you a deeper and more fulfilling sleep. 💚

 

 

TAI YANG (“Supreme Yang | Sun”)

tai yangTai Yang or “Supreme Yang | Sun” is in the depression beside, or lateral to, the eyes. It is best known for being the point that you gently massage to fade a headache, but can also be used for relief of a painful jaw, tooth pain, vision fatigue, swelling and to brighten the eyes. It is probably one of the most popular acupressure points that people use! 💚

We recommend a gentle massage each night before you sleep for general health and to calm your mind after a busy day 🌸

 

 

 

 

BAI HUI (“Hundred Meetings” or “Du20”)

bai hui acupressure pointBai Hui is the topmost acupoint on the body and translates to “hundred meetings point”. It is also known as Du 20 or Governing Vessel 20.

Bai Hui is a great point to clear the mind, lift the spirits and even tonify yang (the driving force of life). Gently massaging this point will ease a headache, dizziness and anxiety as well as promote clarity of thinking when tired because of its benefits to the brain. This point will help to calm your spirit during times of stress and overload 😌

Bai Hui is a point commonly used in pregnancy, based on the traditional application of “protecting the foetus” and also has a connection to the pineal gland and the Crown Chakra 🌿

If you are having trouble falling asleep, or if you wake with a nightmare:

Put one fingertip on Du-20, and one on Du-24, which is just behind the hairline in the centreline of the head (widow’s peak). Point your fingers towards each other and press gently with a calm, healing intention for about 10 ten seconds. This combo is great for any type of sleep disturbance, and works best if someone else can perform it for you.

 

LARGE INTESTINE 4 (“Joining Valley” or “Li4)

Large Intestine 4 Acupressure PointLarge Intestine 4 (or “Joining Valley”) is located in the web between the thumb and index finger on both hands 🤲

If you have had acupuncture before, then there is a high chance that you have experienced having this point needled. It is usually a little achy when pressed, especially when needing some TLC. Once you find the spot you can massage it with gentle to moderate pressure in small circular motions for several minutes.

LI4 is a wonderful point for treating “wind” conditions and can make a difference to cold and flu symptoms like fever/chills, headaches, runny nose, sore throat and dizziness. If you have any issues with constipation or bowel motions then this is also a great point for you. It is a powerful point for boosting the body’s immune system, counteracting inflammation and relieving pain.

In regards to emotions, pressing this point will give you a feeling of calm and can release trapped emotions, so it can be valuable in times of high emotional stress. Another obscure function of this point according to a Japanese Master Acupuncturist is that it helps with people who have a difficulty connecting with others 💚

PLEASE NOTE: Avoid using this acupressure point when you are pregnant.

Acupressure can make a difference, but when these points are needled by a qualified Acupuncturist like Peter the effects will be even more powerful and specific to your condition!

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