Excellent Acupressure points to Ease the Excesses of the Xmas period
The abundance of food and/or alcohol during Christmas and New Year festivities can leave one feeling a little less than celebratory. However, there is no need to wishfully request that Santa grants you pain free indulgences as self massage of several acupuncture points can be used to relieve headaches, nausea, bloating and indigestion; usually within 10 minutes.
The descriptions below may not be absolutely clear if you aren’t particularly familiar with anatomical terms but the locations should become apparent in conjunction with the respective diagrams. All of the following points have an active area of at least a few millimeters so they can be found with minimal searching and confirmed by the presence of a tender sensation when pressure is applied: When pressing these points it is customary to use the thumb, index or ring finger, and to apply fairly firm pressure to the point for a minimum of 3 minutes so that the tender sensation is felt through this time.
Bladder 2. Located on the medial extremity of the eyebrow; in the supra-orbital notch. This point has an almost immediate effect for the relief of headaches. Use both points with an index finger on each.
. Located between the first and second metacarpals, in the high point of the muscle; at the midpoint of the second metacarpal. This point is one of the most commonly used by acupuncturists in the treatment of headaches and facial conditions: It has a relaxing effect and is especially useful in cases of frontal headaches.
Stomach 36. Located approximately one finger breadth lateral to the lower border of the tibial tuberosity in the superior portion of tibialis anterior. This is a very useful point for sluggish digestion, bloating and stomach ache.
. Located one sixth of the distance from the anterior wrist crease to the cubital crease between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis. This point is frequently used to treat nausea and stomach pain.
Located half way between the umbilicus and the bottom of the sternum. Use this point to ease stomach pain and indigestion.
If you feel you need a little extra help to remedy these holiday induced ailments drop in to Freedom Chinese Medicine for some acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs; and of course the traditional water and vitamins will ease the return to normality.
Written by Dr. Daniel Gibbs
Anshen, Shi, 2003, Internal Medicine, Bridge Publishing Group,Walnut California
Xinnong, C. et al. 2009, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Foreign Language Press, Beijing China