Acupressure is a treatment method from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She is closely related to acupuncture. However, no needles are set here, but certain irritation points of the skin are activated by pressure. This helps to relieve pain and other physical ailments, reduce stress and support weight loss. Acupressure is also suitable for self-treatment. Read here how to find the right acupressure points, and which point can have what effect.
Most acupressure points are identical to the acupuncture points of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to the acupuncture masters, these are energy channels that run through the entire body. There are also reaction points on the ears and reflex points on the hands and feet, which are also used for acupressure.
Find acupressure points
The correct acupressure points can be found with the help of illustrations or acupressure lists. These assign possible acupressure points to the most diverse complaints. Since symptoms such as headaches can have very different causes, you need to test which point is right for your case.
The exact point can then be found by trying: Acupressure points can hurt when pressure, but the pressure can also trigger an immediate sense of well-being.
Often, the dots also sit in small skin pits or thickenings that provide additional guidance
Apply acupressure yourself
By stimulating the hand acupressure points, complaints can be treated well. The same applies to the foot acupressure points. To activate acupressure points on the face, it is best to use a mirror. For the acupressure of certain body or skull points, back acupressure and ear acupressure you need the help of a partner.
Pressure with thumb and forefinger
You do not need special aids for acupressure treatment. Stimulate the acupressure points simply by pressing your thumb or the fingertip of the index finger. Alternatively, you can also use the knuckle of the angled index finger or a solid, rounded object.
Press and hold the acupressure point. It may be easy, but not too much pain. Vibrating, circling or tapping acupressure massage can enhance the effect of acupressure.
Duration of acupressure treatment
An acupressure treatment is performed once a day or every other day until the symptoms get better. The age-dependent TCM recommends the following duration for the acupressure treatment:
- Babies from three to six months: a half to four minutes
- Babies up to twelve months: one to five minutes
- Children from one to three years: three to seven minutes
- older children: five to ten minutes
- Adults: five to fifteen minutes
More Western-oriented treatment concepts suggest pressing acupressure points between half and three minutes. These treatments should then be repeated three to four times a day.
Acupressure - pressure direction
The acupressure points are on meridians, where the life energy "Qi" should flow in a certain direction. Some authors indicate a specific direction in which the pressure is to be exerted. If no other information is available, acupressure will be performed on both sides of the body simultaneously or sequentially.
When can acupressure help?
Acupressure is very versatile. It serves the prevention and treatment of various physical complaints. This helps relieve nausea with acupressure. Also, tension-type headache or migraine acupressure provides immediate relief to many patients.
In infections such as a cold acupressure can also relieve the symptoms. In particular, a cold acupressure is often amazingly effective.
Acupressure for the psyche
In addition, acupressure is used for mental stabilization. With excessive fatigue, acupressure can cause the release of energy. In addition, acupressure treatment helps to achieve goals such as smoking cessation or weight loss.
Acupressure points table
In the table below you will find the most important points of the twelve meridians and the clinical pictures that you can treat with them:
Lung meridian: point 7 (Lieque)
on the left outside of the forearm, one finger above the wrist
Asthma and breathlessness Migraine
Large intestine meridian: point 4 (Hegu)
with the hand held closed in the depression where the bones of the thumb and forefinger meet
most effective anti-pain point inflammation fever nosebleeds runny nose digestive problems (Do not use during pregnancy!)
Magenmeridian: Point 36 (Zusanli)
four finger widths below the patella, in the recess between tibia and anterior tibial muscle
Constipation diarrhea flatulence arthritis general power source
Spleen meridian: point 6 (Sanyinjiao)
Three thumbs across the tip of the medial malleolus in the palpable recess behind the tibia
Digestive problems Fullness Stress Exhaustion and fatigue Anxiety Impotence Stimulation of spleen function and blood production (Do not use during pregnancy!)
Heart Meridian: Point 7 (Shenmen)
On the palate on the palpable tendon at the inner end of the wrinkle in front of the palpable leg
Heart problems Depression Resting distraction Burnout Insomnia and nightmares
Small Intestine Meridian: Point 19 (Tinggong)
in front of the ear at the level of the zygomatic bone, at
Hearing problems Tinnitus Inflammation of the ears
Bladder meridian: Point 40 (Weizhong)
in the middle of the bend fold of the
Knee, back and hip pain skin problems nausea diarrhea
Kidney Meridian: Point 3 (Taixi)
in the depression between the tip of the outer malleolus and the attachment of the Achilles tendon
Cervical, dental and back pain
Pericardium meridian: point 7 (Daling)
in the middle of the wrist between the two tendons.
Nervousness palpitations chest pain
Triple heater: item 5 (Waiguan)
from the wrinkle of the wrist, two thumb-widths towards the elbow, in the depression between the bones and the tendons at the
Pain in the hand and poor head and neck pain
Gallbladder Meridian: Point 20 (Fengchi)
in the depression in the middle of the neck towards the ear
Fever cold head cold and head cold
Liver meridian: point 3 (Taichong)
three fingers across the ankle above the meeting point of Big Toe and his neighbor in the hollow between the tendons
Stress nervousness anger depression
Acupressure points for losing weight
Those who want to lose weight with the help of acupressure can try the following acupressure points:
Point Lung 7: two fingers above the wrist crease
accelerates fat burning
Point Liver 13 "Decorated Gate":
supports the metabolism
Point "Sea of Energy": three cross fingers under the navel
prevents food cravings
Point "Mighty watercourse": on the
helps to detoxify and drain
Point "center of man": between nose and upper lip edge
if you only think about food
Point "extinguishing lake": in the middle of the outer upper arm
with strong desires on certain
Point "Divine equanimity": in the
when the food serves as a satisfaction in case of stress or frustration
Point "Zusanli": at the front of the
Point "Center of the stomach": between the navel and lower end of the breastbone
calms the stomach
Point "celestial axis": three cross fingers left and right of the navel
when weight loss comes to a halt
Points "city of the middle": on the inside of the lower leg between knee and
at nocturnal cravings,