All About Acupressure

Acupressure is the massage of acupressure points and channels.   I often use acupressure and tui na (Chinese medical massage) combined with with acupuncture in my clinic.

Acupressure in context

To really understand how acupressure works, we have to see it as part of the whole of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Chinese medicine dates back thousands of years.  The first book of Chinese medicine is called the Huang di nei jing, or the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Cannon.   

acupressureThe book is a conversation between the Yellow Emperor and his doctor, named Qi Bo.  Qi bo explains that health comes from a state … Read More

Acupressure for constipation

Constipation is an all too common issue causing discomfort, pain, frustration, and stress. (1) Digestion is central to health and wellbeing.

In acupuncture healthy digestion is central to overall health.  We obtain nutrients and energy, the Qi of the food, for all of our body’s activities through digestion. In acupuncture terms, the stomach’s digestive Qi extracts energy from food in order to make Qi for the heart, brain, muscles, and other organs to function properly.

In my acupuncture clinic, I have helped many people with chronic constipation and IBS.  I find that a combination of multiple therapies is the … Read More

How to Choose Acupuncture Points?

Patients are always curious how acupuncturists choose the correct acupuncture points.

The basic idea with acupuncture is to correct the underlying imbalance in the body.  By correcting the imbalances we stimulate the body to heal itself.

As an acupuncturist, I will determine the imbalance through the intake and examination.  For example, if someone is coming in for a migraine headache which is caused by a lack of circulation  of the energy, what we call qi stagnation, we’ll choose points to move the qi.  A common combination for moving the qi is Liv 3 and LI 4.

Evolving Acupuncture

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Acupressure for Headaches

We covered acupressure for headaches this week in my acupressure class at the New York Open Center.

The key to using acupressure for headaches is choosing the correct channel for the location of the pain.  This article discusses meridian location and treating headaches.

Many of my students were not sure how to use the acupressure points we reviewed.   This is where the art of acupuncture and acupressure come into play.  In this article I discuss how I used acupressure for my nephew when he suddenly got a headache.

As my students and readers know, imbalances are the cause of many … Read More

Acupressure for Back and Neck Pain

On Monday is the last class of my Acupressure for Self Healing Class at the Open Center.  My some of students asked for a preview of the class.

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Phenomenal Acupressure for Back Pain

Today I am continuing my series on back pain, sharing the best acupuncture and acupressure points.

A natural reaction to back pain is to rub where it hurts. This can often temporarily relieve the pain. Most people use their fist.  Some people will roll on a tennis ball. You should also massage these acupressure points to help relieve chronic and acute pain.

Small Intestine 3 (SI 3)

SI 3 is a very effective acupuncture and acupressure point for back pain. It is effective for acute back pain, but also can be massaged regularly for chronic back pain. SI 3 is … Read More

How to Locate Acupressure Points

People’s body sizes vary, which is why when you a measuring for acupuncture points, the  measurements are specific to each person’s body. Acupuncture points are measured from physical landmarks. Often a cun (pronounced “soon”) or body inch is used.

One cun is the width of your thumb at the knuckle.

Three cun is equal to the index, middle, ring finger, and pinky measured together.

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