How do pressure points work?
The practice of using pressure points falls under the disciplines of acupressure and reflexology, which study how one part of the human body relates to another. Many of the body’s most powerful pressure points are believed to be in the hands.
According to those who practice reflexology, applying the appropriate touch to the hands can energize and restore health to other body parts, including internal organs if you’re feeling tired or have a disease. Reflexology has been used by some Eastern cultures for thousands of years. You can also stimulate your own pressure points at home. But if you choose to do so, you should read up to learn how to do so correctly.
Pressure Points on Your Hands
1. Lung meridian
The lung meridian is a yin meridian and controls breath and energy paired with the large intestine meridian together with the heart meridian it assist with blood circulation. You can find your lung meridian pressure point by looking at the edge of your hand. It runs from the tip of your thumb down along the side of your hand, ending just beneath the crease of your wrist.
2. Heart 7
The Chinese translation for Heart 7 is Shen Men, which mean Spirit Gate. This pressure point is for calming the mind and resolve emotional related symptoms such as depression, anxiety, The heart 7 pressure point can be found in the crease of your wrist. It lies in line with the space between your ring and pinkie finger.
3. Small intestine 3
The small intestine 3 pressure point is located at the outside part of your hand, right on the edge. The point lies in the depression of your hand just below your pinkie finger. Putting firm pressure on this point is thought to relieve neck pain, earaches, and headaches that occur at the back of your head.
4. The inner gate point
Is not directly on the hand. To find it, place the hand palm up and use three fingers to measure roughly an inch down the wrist. The inner gate point is here, approximately in the center of the wrist. Practitioners recommend using the thumb of the other hand to firmly massage this pressure point to relieve nausea and stomach pain. It may also help other digestive problems.
5. The outer gate point
Is almost parallel to the inner gate point on the top side of the hand and arm, between two tendons. Proponents say that applying pressure here boosts a person's energy and bolsters the immune system.