Author: Dr. Maryam Mahanian, DTCM, RAc

Before we get to the good stuff, here are some things to know about acupressure.

Acupressure is essentially acupuncture without needles.

The great thing about acupressure is that you can apply pressure on the points from the comfort of your own home or from virtually anywhere. You can do these points as many times per day as you like but the trick is to stay consistent! Try to remember to do these points every single day. That’s how you’ll achieve the best results.

Acupressure channels are the same as acupuncture channels. Throughout these acupressure channels, blood, oxygen and nutrients are circulating. By applying pressure to these acupressure points, you redirect and balance the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.

Acupressure activates the body’s own healing mechanisms through endorphin release and increased blood flow.

Each acupoint has concentrated electrical energy that when stimulated send messages to the brain and body through the nervous system.

No prior knowledge of anatomy is necessary to understand the locations of the points in this guide.

The points can be stimulated in any order. There’s no limit as to how many times per day you can stimulate the points.

Drink plenty of warm water after applying pressure to these points to help flush away toxin buildup. Find a comfortable position when doing these points and practicing deep breathing throughout is helpful.

These tools may seem simple but they are very powerful! If used consistently, you’ll be shocked at how effective these acupressure points can be!

Okay..now we’re ready for the good stuff..the points!

Ear Shenmen

In the triangular fossa of the ear. Here is how to find the triangular fossa: First find the outer ridge of the ear and then find the inner ridge. Follow the inner ridge upwards until it splits. Where it splits you will find a little valley called the triangular fossa. The Ear Shenmen point is in the triangular fossa.

Technique:
Mainly use thumb against index finger and apply firm pressure Apply pressure with thumbs, fingers or knuckles
Press hard enough that it’s almost painful

Function:
Alleviates fear, apprehension, anxiety, helps regulate the sympathetic nervous system Also used for additions & for inflammation
Removes nervousness and jitters.

If you see an acupuncturist, ask them about ear seeds. An magnetic ear seed (with a sticker) can be placed on this point and it makes the acupressure even more effective.

Yintang

Location:
In the center of the forehead between the eyebrows Technique: With any finger, massage in a circular motion and allow all the muscles in your forehead to soften and relax.

Function:
Activates pineal gland to regulate sleep cycles and relieve stress Relieves anxiety and agitation.

This is a fantastic point to stimulate right before bedtime to help you fall asleep and stay asleep soundly.

Large Intestine 4 Hegu

Location:
The point is between the first and second long hand bones (metacarpal bones) but a tiny bit closer to the second metacarpal. When your thumb rests against the index finger, this point is at the highest point of the hand. It feels dull and
achy with pressure.

Technique:
Apply firm pressure as shown in the above photo. Feels quite achy on most people.

Benefits:

  • Relieves stress & anxiety
  • Helps digestion
  • Frontal headache & other pain in the body
  • This point is the most famous acupressure point and it has a ton of other benefits – too many to list in this guide!

Get started on these acupressure points today to ease your stress and anxiety. You’ll be shocked at how effective they can be!

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