While it is always advisable to seek out professional treatment for severe health concerns, some common ailments can be self-treated with simple Do-It-Yourself acupressure.
Acupressure to Ease Nausea
Whether its motion-sickness or morning sickness, to treat mild nausea press your index and middle fingers firmly on your wrist in the space between the two tendons. This pressure point is approximately one inch above the natural crease on your inner wrist. Apply pressure for sixty seconds. Repeat 2-3 times.
Acupressure to Relieve Stress
Feeling frazzled? The LI 4 is your focus point. Found on the top side of the hand, between your thumb and your index finger. To locate it, squeeze the thumb against the base of the index finger. The point you are looking for is located on the highest point of the bulge of the muscle. Press this point for about 30 seconds to induce calmness
Feeling tense? Time to chill. Your 12 pressure point is found on the foot, on the line running between the big toe and the second toe and about three finger widths from the edge in the hollow on the top of the foot. Move your index finger anticlockwise over this point for 30 seconds to calm down and start to relax.
Acupressure to Stop a Headache
At the onset of a headache try this acupressure self-care technique for pain relief. Squeeze the muscle between your right thumb and forefinger with your left forefinger and thumb. Apply hard pressure for 15 to 30 seconds. Release slowly. Repeat on your left hand.
A tension-relief point, good for reducing pain caused by tension headaches and relieving tired eyes, is found in the occipital hollow, where the bottom of the skull meets the neck on either side of the spine. Use a thumb on either side to compress this area but be very careful not to press too hard.
Acupressure to Pep Up
To help ease mental fatigue try applying pressure to these two acupressure points. Firmly press the groove spot between your nose and mouth for approximately thirty seconds with your index finger. Follow with gentle pressure on the indentations slightly above the outer edge of both eyebrows. Take a deep breath and exhale out that feeling of mind weariness.
Your kidney point, which can be used to treat fatigue and lethargy, is located on the sole of the foot, just to the side of the ball of the foot under the second or third toe. Press and release several times.
Stimulating your stomach point can give you extra energy when you’re flagging or tired. It is located just below the knee, on the outside of the shinbone. Press for at least 30 seconds with the pad of your finger or thumb.
Acupressure to Boost Immunity
You feel it, a slight unsettling, maybe a tickle in your throat. Head off illness before it takes hold.
An immunity-boosting point that is also good for combating fatigue, depression and general feelings of sluggishness is found on the inside of the ankle above the foot between the Achilles tendon and the ankle bone. Press and release several times for 10-20 seconds.
How to Self-Administer Acupressure Treatment
Apply pressure using your longest and strongest finger on the acupoint for approximately 3 minutes. Pause. Repeat 2-3 more times or until symptom has subsided. Self-administered acupressure can be applied whenever you feel a symptom coming on, however, for persistent troubles, regular treatment with a train acupuncturist can provide great, more long-term relief.