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:
Stomach 36 - 足三里 - Zú Sān Lĭ (pronounced: “Dsu Sahn Lee”) - “Walk Three Miles”
This is one of the most popular points throughout Chinese Medical History and has been purported to treat pretty much every condition imaginable. For our uses here, however, we will be focusing on its ability to help with digestive issues. This point is most effective for things like gas and bloating and poor appetite, though give it a try for other things 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.
Please post positive experiences below and, as always, email me if you have questions or want additional information.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week when we cover: Pericardium 6 --the Command Point for Nausea and Vomiting.