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Soothe everyday stresses with these 5 acupuncture points

While you cannot fully substitute treating yourself with a visit to your registered acupuncture practitioner, Dr. Chris Fehres has offered some tips for how to use this ancient medicinal technique to destress at home.

Life is stressful, even without a global pandemic raging on around us. This much we know is true.

And while some of us can’t get to see our acupuncturist or massage therapist right now, there are some quick and easy pressure points you can find relatively easily, to help alleviate some of those everyday stresses.

Dr. Chris Fehres from Fehresian Energetics gives us a quick rundown of how to address common bodily woes with five acupuncture points (no needles required) and how they correspond to your organs and other parts of your body.

Headaches and the common cold

LI4, or Large Intestine 4, was traditionally known as the “master point” of the face. Contemporary acupuncturists use this point to address many different things associated with the eyes, nose, or mouth: headaches, toothaches, even the common cold. The beauty is that it’s really easy to find.

  • Find the fleshy part between your thumb and index finger on one hand.
  • Find the crease in your thumb knuckle on your opposite hand and connect it to the webbing on your other hand.

“You don’t have to be too specific,” says Dr. Fehres, “as long as you find the main part of the flesh between the thumb and the forefinger. Give that a good press until you get a dull or heavy sensation.”

Period pain

SP8, or Spleen 8, is commonly used to treat menstrual cramps and may also help to regulate the cycle.

Here’s how to find it:

  • Run your finger up the shin on the inside of your leg, it will come to a stop on the angle of the bone.
  • SP8 is located one hand below this, on the fleshy part of the muscle on the inside of the lower leg. Apply firm pressure to help relive the severity of symptoms.

Nausea and abdominal discomfort

Firm pressure applied to ST36, or Stomach36, may help relieve the severity of indigestion, vomiting and nausea, pretty much anything to do with the stomach area.

  • It’s found on the outside of the lower leg.
  • Run your finger up the sharp edge of your shin bone until it comes to a stop at a ridge.
  • Place a finger from your other hand next to that, and ST36 will be found one finger width away on the outside of the bone in the fleshy part of the muscle.

Stress and anxiety

If you’re feeling stressed out or anxious, acupuncturists commonly head to LIV3 (Liver3) to help with symptoms.

  • This point lies on the foot in between the first and second toe.
  • Find the fleshy part between the two bones and give it a firm rub.

“Like all of these points, to activate their indications, massage them for a minute or to until you feel a dull or heavy sensation.

Insomnia

“In ancient China, it was believed that the heart was the seat of the soul, and if our heart is not settled, it’s going to affect a lot of things in our life, including sleep,” says Dr. Fehres.

That’s where HT7, or Heart7, comes in.

This point is relatively easy to find, he explains.

  • Find the crease on the pinkie side of your forearm, which creates a sort of valley between the muscles and tendons.
  • Follow it up to the wrist crease and press firmly.
  • You should get a heavy or dull sensation.

“You can pretty much press anywhere along that area and you’ll hit the point,” he says.

This article is intended for informational and educational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your GP or healthcare professional.