Traditional Chinese medicine expert, Doctor Marina Christov, shares four meridian points to stimulate when you need an immediate dose of stress relief.
One of the most remarkable things about acupuncture treatment is that it has the impressive capacity to calm an overactive, anxious state and bring about a feeling of calm and equilibrium.
Can acupuncture help to reduce stress?
Yes, in two ways. Firstly, acupuncture recognises that Qi/vitality – or an abundance of free-flowing energy – is our greatest resource. By proactively practicing and enriching this resource, we automatically increase our coping mechanisms to prepare for times of increased stress.
Secondly, acupuncture can down regulate our stress response in the moment by helping by ‘switching off ‘an overactive nervous system and balancing stress hormones as they appear in real time.
Treating anxiety-related tensions through traditional Chinese medicine is a common occurrence these days, due to the pressures of our fast-paced lifestyles. I can confidently state that the majority of all presenting conditions, have stress as a precursor.
Can you do you DIY acupuncture, on yourself?
As far as treatment is concerned, there is no single formula for treating this state, especially since we treat each patient as an individual and consider their particular patterns. However there several acupuncture points that I teach my patients to press, tap or stimulate at home as a ‘self-help’ option.
When and how should you do DIY acupuncture?
To help maintain your Qi you should incorporate points that resonate with your conditions as part of your morning ritual – the time you spend centring yourself at the beginning of day, before the business starts.
You can use any of these points when you notice symptoms described below to address instantly.
Ideally, you apply a pressure that is firm but comfortable for 60 seconds while taking deep, slow and meaningful breaths.
What are the best acupuncture points for stress reduction?
#1. The Shen Men acupuncture point – aka The Gateway of Spirit
This is one of my preferred points on the Heart channel. It has a gentle, yet powerful effect in treating patients who suffer from anxiety, palpitations, excessive worry and who are experiencing low self-esteem. This point allows one to tap into the magnificence of their own spirit. It encourages them to noticed the beauty around them and promotes a joyful outlook
# 2. The Yin Tang acupuncture point – aka The Switch-off Button
This is my absolute favourite point as it is used to calm an overactive mind, soothe anxiety and agitation on the spot. It is perfect support to many of the complaints of our busy lives.
The Yin Tang also helps frontal headaches, dizziness and it good to prevent convulsions. Due to its location, it benefits the nose in the treatment of sinus pain and nasal congestion.
#3 The Nei Guan acupuncture point – aka The Inner Gate
This is a powerful point on the Pericardium Meridian, which has a great number of different functions and a profound impact on emotions.
Physically, it affects the chest, and can therefore be used for any problems in that region. The Chinese character ‘Nei’ means into, inside, within, inside or to enter, which provides insight into the deeper meaning and intention of the point.
When we are frustrated and irritated we need to go within and reconnect with our inner essence. Stimulating this point allows us to go inwards so that we can reconnect with the emotions of peace and love, making us open to welcome life again.
In addition to being a great point for treating anxiety or frustration, this point is especially good for women who have irregular or painful periods.
It is also fantastic for treating nausea (especially in pregnancy), acid reflux, epigastric pain and hiccups.
#4. The Shu Fu point– aka A Vital Transfer to the Palace Treasury
Stimulating this powerful point on the Kidney Meridian is like activating the inner source of energy that will lift one’s spirit. It significantly revitalises and invigorates the body.
Additionally, it is an important local point in the treatment of asthma and breathing difficulties, proving useful in stopping coughing.