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“Where there is no movement there is pain.

Where there is movement there is no pain.”

–  Traditional Chinese saying


Acupuncture, which is called zhēn jiū in Chinese, is a medical treatment that originated in China. Zhēn means ‘needles that pierce one’s body’,  while Jiū means ‘moxibustion’, a kind of special treatment in traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine describes the energy flow within the human body as a network. It is called jīngluò. The major nodes on the network are called xuéwèi or acupuncture points. Traditional Chinese doctors believe that stimulating the acupuncture points can promote energy circulation and expel illness. When applying pressure to a pressure point, press until you feel tenderness, pain or discomfort, swelling, or numbness to achieve a calming effect. Placing pressure on the following acupressure points whenever you feel down, angry, or agitated.

Baihui Point: Baihui is located on the highest place of the head where all the yang meridians meet, acupuncture on Baihui could clear the mind, lift the spirits, tonify yang, strengthen the ascending function of the spleen, eliminate interior wind and promote resuscitation. Thus,the acupoint Baihui is specifically used in neurological and psychiatric diseases such as stroke, headache, dizziness and anxiety.


1. Press it gently for about 1 minute.


2. Release your finger for about 30 seconds.


3. Repeat the process a few times.


Yintang Point:  Yintang is an acupuncture point that is located on the forehead midway between the eyebrows. It is a wonderful point that calms the mind, reduces stress, and helps relax the sympathetic nervous system. As such, it is a point that is excellent in treating anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, and headaches. In combination with other points, it can also treat hypertension, sinusitis, allergies and dizziness. While the location may seem intimidating, having this point needled usually puts patients right to sleep!


 1. Sit back in a comfortable position.

2. Place your right thumb between your eyebrows.

3. Apply pressure in a circular motion on this point for 5 to 10 minutes. Then pressure should be gentle and shouldn’t cause discomfort.


Neiguan Point: The Neiguan Point, located around two and half inches above the crease running horizontally across your wrist can not only reduce bloating, but also ease heart palpitations, insomnia, and anxiety.

When you feel stressed, applying pressure with your opposite thumb can help eliminate the feeling like you are all tied up in knots.


Hegu point: Hegu point is located at the area between the thumb and index finger at the point where those two metacarpals meet. It is the original acupuncture point of the large intestine meridian which connects to the head and face area. Therefore, it is a very good point to do self-massage for pain relief. This point is good for almost any kind of pain or issues around the head and face area, such as headache, migraines, toothache, bell’s palsy, sore throat, etc. Since Hegu connects to our face, besides for pain relief, it is also a very good cosmetic and beauty point. Massaging it 30 to 50 times each day on both hands can help improve skin allergies, dark circles, and other facial skin problems.

1. Find the pressure point by placing your thumb in the space between the base of your thumb and index finger.

2. Press down on this point for 5 minutes. Move your thumb in a circle while applying pressure.

3. Repeat the process on your other hand.

Important note: It is always better to check with a licensed acupuncturist if you are pregnant before doing any kind of self-acupressure.


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Dr. Chuanxi Wang, Acupuncture School Blog, August 11, 2016


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