One of the best and most fascinating things about being an acupuncturist is the ability to stimulate points on my own body when I need to. I can always sit down or hop up on the treatment table to give myself a quick tune up if I get a headache, feel a bit under the weather or am experiencing a bout of anxiety. Even if I’m away from the studio, the beauty of acupuncture is that it can still work for me. As long as I know where the points are and what they do, I can manipulate them with pressure and still get results.
So, what points do acupuncturists use when they need to calm down and reset to chill mode? Because there are SOOOOO many points on the body that help to calm the mind and release anxiety, you might get several different answers to that depending on the acupuncturist. However, my top three are pericardium 6, liver 3, and stomach 6.
Liver 3 is located between the first and second toe. Slide your finger between the toes up until you hit the junction of the two bones. This spot is very tender on most people. This point is great for irritability, headaches, TMJ, anxiety, and the list goes on. But if you look at these four issues, the one thing they have in common is that they result from the body’s energy rising upward. Liver 3 is very grounding and brings the energy back down. When we are stuck in our own mind in a state of anxiety, this point will help.
Pericardium 6 is commonly used for stress and nausea. My pregnant clients swear by it. In fact, the bands some pregnant women wear around their wrist for morning sickness are designed to put pressure on this point. quieting the stomach. The point itself is located between the two tendons on your wrist, two fingers up from the wrist crease. Pressing on this point is immediately calming. It also helps to open the chest. So if your anxiety comes with a dash of chest tightness or shallow breathing, this point’s for you.
Stomach 6 isn’t normally at the top of the list of acupuncture points for stress. But its a handy little point that’s underrated. If you clench your teeth, you can find it by going one finger width anterior and superior to the angle of the mandible at the belly of the masseter muscle. I don’t know about you, but I hold a lot of tension in my face and jaw. Massaging this point gives me an instant release.Releasing the muscles in my faces brings a sense of release into my entire body. Try it for yourself to see how great it feels.
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