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:
Bladder 40 - 委中 - Wĕi Zhōng (pronounced: “Way J-oh-ng”) - “in the Middle of the Crook”
If you’ve ever gotten acupuncture, you’ve probably had this point done once or twice. It is the go-to point for low back pain. Give it a try in the morning for stiff back, after a workout in the gym, or even to help out with that herniated disc.
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: be warned!!! This point can be ticklish. It just wants some attention so give it a go and watch the stiffness and pain melt away. It’s like a having a Sleep Number bed in your fingertip!)
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 our next point: Lung 7 --the Command Point for the Neck.