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Strengthen Your Immunity with Acupressure

 The fact that acupressure has been used for over 2000 years speaks to its usefulness in maintaining good health. Acupressure is a method that activates your body’s own self-healing to correct imbalances. It returns the body to wellness through applying pressure at key points. There are pressure points for respiratory, digestion, energy, and vision to name just a few. More people now, however, are practicing acupressure for strengthening the immune system. It’s natural, takes only a few minutes, and you can do it yourself.

Acupressure tips

 For several minutes massage the points using firm pressure in an up-and-down or circular movement. While massaging, relax in a comfortable position with eyes closed and breathe deeply and slowly. Perform acupressure as frequently as you like, but as always, it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor before making any changes to your health regimen.

K 27 Shu Fu – Located below the collarbone next to the breastbone on both sides. K 27 strengthens the immune system, enhances energy and eases cough and sore throat.

St 36 Zu San Li – This is four finger-widths below the kneecap, towards the outside of the shinbone. Zu San Li is used to strengthen the entire body especially the immune system, tone muscles, aid digestion and improve skin. Not to be used by women who are pregnant.

LI 11 Qu Chi – Found on the top, outer edge of the elbow crease between the joint and the muscle. LI 11 relieves immune system weakness, itching, digestive issues and fever.

TW 5 Wai Guan – Located on the back of the arm above the center of the wrist crease, about three fingers above the wrist. Relieves wrist pain, strengthens the immune system and increases resistance to colds.

K3 Tai Xi – Halfway between the inside of the ankle bone and the Achilles tendon in the back of the ankle, K3 fortifies the immune system, eases fatigue, sore throat, anxiety, and vomiting. Not to be used by pregnant women.

What Are Some of Common Acupressure Points to Learn?

Gallbladder 20 (GB20): Feng Chi

This point is recommended for headache, migraine, eye blurriness or fatigue, low energy, and cold/flu symptoms. It is located by feeling the mastoid (ear) bone and following the groove back to where the neck muscles attach to the skull.

Gallbladder 21 (GB21): Jian Jing

This point is located by pinching the shoulder muscle with your thumb and middle finger and is commonly used for stress, facial pain, headaches, toothaches and neck pain. Use with caution in pregnant women.

Large Intestine 4 (LI4): He Gu

This point is good for stress, headaches, toothaches, facial pain and neck pain. However, as a word of precaution, it can induce labor and must never be used during pregnancy.

Liver 3 (LV3): Tai Chong

You need to take off your shoe to find this point. This is an excellent area to stimulate for stress, low back pain, high blood pressure, limb pain, insomnia and emotional upset.

Pericardium 6 (P6): Nei Guan

This point can help provide relief for nausea, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, upset stomach, motion sickness and headaches and is even used for regulation of heart palpitations.

Triple Energizer 3: Zhong Zhu

This point is located in the groove formed by the tendons of the 4th and 5th finger, behind the knuckles and is commonly used in the clinic for temporal headaches, shoulder and neck tension, and upper back pain.

Spleen 6 (SP6): San Yin Jiao

This point can be very helpful for many urological and pelvic disorders as well as fatigue and insomnia. Avoid during pregnancy.

Stomach36 (ST36): Zu San Li

You can find this point useful for fatigue and depression as well as knee pain and gastrointestinal discomfort. Asians frequently stimulate this point for health promotion and longevity.

 An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – that’s acupressure in a nutshell. It’s a preventive form of therapy that makes you stronger so you can avoid illness rather than dealing with it after you get sick. Give acupressure a try. Millions swear by it and it could help you too.

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