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 very effective and super easy to remember…
So let’s learn our next point:
Pericardium 6 - 內關- Nèi Guān (pronounced: “Neigh Gwahn”) - “the Inner Gate”
This point is well respected in the Western world in the treatment of post-chemotherapy nausea in cancer patients. (Yep acupuncture and Chinese herbs are a great addition to your current Western therapies for cancer treatment!) This is an all-purpose nausea point. It doesn’t matter if you got morning sickness or if you just cannot stand the person in front of you. (Just kidding about that last one -- though it really IS good for random bouts of emotion-induced nausea.) It covers all your bases for this one and is really effective too!
Here’s how you do it. 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 on the patient. (Just a note: the median nerve lies just below this point so it may be extra sensitive in some people and might be accompanied by electrical sensations going to the hand or elbow. No worries if so. No damage is being done so press away!) NOTE: In food poisoning, vomiting is natural and should not be suppressed. This is your body’s way of removing toxins and preventing more serious disease.
As always I would love to hear your positive experiences with acupressure. Let me know if you need extra help or have any other questions!
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week when we cover: Bladder 40 --the Command Point for Low Back Pain.