Acupressure is the practice of placing pressure on the acupoints to induce pain relief and healing. It is as old as or older than acupuncture -- so at least 5,000 years old! Everyday aches and pains and common complaints can easily be treated at home-- all you need is your fingers and occasionally some elbow grease. Beware of sharp nails though! This can make acupressure a bit more painful, though, in some cases, this can actually improve the results.
In this series, we will be covering the so-called “Command Points”-- points that are said to help or even cure the conditions they treat no matter the cause. They are very effective and super easy to remember…
So let’s learn our first point:
Large Intestine 4 - 合谷 - Hé Gŭ (pronounced: “Huh Goo”) - “Conjoining Valleys”
This is probably the most well-known acupoint in China. It deals with all sorts of Headaches and Migraines no matter the cause. (Note: use the opposite LI 4 for one-sided migraines.)
Next time you or someone you know is having a headache give LI 4 a press and see if it works. You’ll want to press firmly and keep pressure for about 30s and relax for 15s. Do this about 3-5x and things should be improved. You may add small circular rotations if you feel like it as this can make it easier to do.
Chinese medicine can be very complex, though, luckily there are these nifty little tricks that help make self-treatment a little easier when we’re out on the road or when something comes up unexpectedly. You’re welcome to post positive experiences below and, as always, email me if you have questions.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week when we cover: Stomach 36 --the Command Point for Digestion.