Acupressure is a great alternative for people who would like to explore traditional Chinese medicine but have a fear of needles.
In this modality an educated acupuncturist will be able to diagnose according to traditional Chinese theory, and using their finger pressure, stimulate points along pathways of energy to help heal the body.
For a quick fix, there are also a few overall tonifying points on the body that you or a friend can stimulate in order to help alleviate common aches and ailments. In this series I will give you a common acupressure point, and a brief overview, so that you or a partner can give yourself a little DIY at-home acupressure when needed!
LI 4- or He Gu
This acu-point is located at the midpoint of the second metacarpal bone, between the thumb and pointer finger. Some describe it as being at the highest point of the thenar muscle, others place it closer to the second metacarpal bone. I feel around for a sensitive spot in this general area.
This point is well known for alleviating headaches! It is located on the Large Intestine pathway, so it can also be good for abdominal pain related to digestive issues. It can help relieve stress and lower blood pressure. The large intestine pathway winds up to the face, so this point is also a good distal point to help with pain issues related to the jaw and face.
Once you find the point, you can stimulate it lightly with pressure from your finger. Some people believe it is best to use your middle finger, or pointer finger. Pressure does not have to be hard to stimulate the point. This can be done as a constant pressure or a pulsating pressure for a few minutes throughout the day.
This point SHOULD NOT be used if you are pregnant or suspect you could be pregnant, as it can stimulate uterine contractions.