Traditional Chinese Medicine has been using pressure point stimulation for centuries, and a lot of people both practitioners and patients swear that it offers amazing results. It is based on a holistic approach to medicine where the whole body and the organs and systems are connected, with one area interacting with other areas.
Pressure point basics
The body has hundreds of pressure points throughout the body and of them are larger meridians. Each of them covers the function of certain system in the body, while each pressure point is associated with specific organs. If they are pressured, the imbalanced energy, named qi will be corrected and it will also help these energies flow throughout the body.
Acupuncture and acupressure
These time-tested methods stimulate the pressure points through a massage or insertion of ultra-thin needles into the pressure point/meridians. Acupuncture requires years of study and practice and in order to become a practitioner, however, you can practice acupressure at your home. Be cautious, you have to know the precise location of the pressure point so that you don’t apply pressure to the wrong area. Do not attempt acupuncture at home.
Where is the point of longevity located – Zu San Li
It is also familiar by the name “point of hundred diseases” and is located below the patella (kneecap) and between the bones of the lower leg. Take your palm and place it over the kneecap as you sit on the floor with the legs straightened, put the knees on the floor and curl the toes back towards the body. This point can be found between the little finger and the ring finger. There is a small dent beneath the kneecap and between the bones that is the amazing pressure point named Zu San Li. This spot can control the flow of the energy to myriad bodily parts. Many disorder can be treated through the stimulation of this point. This point can help in improving:
- Blood sugar irregularities and diabetes – there have been reports which showed improvements in insulin metabolism malfunction and irregular blood sugar levels.
- Liver function – it will help regulating the production of the bile and improve the ability of the organ to filter toxins which enter the body.
- Cardiac function – it can improve circulation, arrhythmia, palpitations and overall health.
- Kidney function – it will help ward off kidney infections and keep their function optimal.
- Blood pressure irregularities – when stimulating the point, it can bring the balance back to the qi governing blood pressure.
- Metabolic function – some acupressure patients reported weight loss associated with regular stimulation of this pressure point. It may also help in constipation.
- Relieve gastric spasms – a study published in the Journal of TCM discovered that treating the point will relieve gastric spasms of patients with fiber optic gastroscopy test.
- Reduce and eliminate side effects of chemo – if the Zu San Li and Neiguan pressure points are stimulate simultaneously this can happen.
- Improves insulin sensitivity and cerebral blood flow
- Decreases sympathetic nerve activity and arterial pressure
How to massage the point
It is not advisable to massage the point before bed time because the stimulation of the point tends to be energizing and may cause insomnia. It would be better to do that when you wake up. First, locate the point while seating comfortably, then massage it slowly with your fingers or by rubbing by rubbing uncooked grains (oats, rice, buckwheat) with a clockwise motion. Repeat the same procedure on the opposite leg. Repeat this each day.
The pressure can be stimulated by placing a peeled, halved garlic clove over the area and fixing it in place with gauze tape for an hour, or until the skin begins to redden.