According to the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India, Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers or blunted objects for pressing key points that are also called ‘Acu Points.’ These energy-stored points work rhythmically on the skin surface to strengthen the body’s natural self-curative abilities. These points release muscular tension when pressed and boost blood circulation to aid healing.
It has been more than 5,000 years that Acupressure is being used as a healing art. This healing system is used to treat over 3000 conditions. Acupressure works on the specific reflex points located along the energy lines that run through the body. If you feel illness or pain, it indicates that there is a leak or block in the energy flow in your body.
Acupressure is an effective treatment to relieve sinus problems, eyestrain, neck pain, headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, and tension due to stress, ulcer pain, menstrual cramps, constipation, lower backaches, and anxiety, insomnia, and indigestion. It comes with the advantage to balance the body as well as maintain good health. Acupressure’s healing touch reduces stress and stimulates circulation by enabling the body to relax. By reducing stress, it boosts resistance to disease and promotes wellness.
Acupressure points for managing high blood pressure
LV3 – It is called liver 3. It is located between the big toe and the toe next to it, towards the origin of the toes. Massaging or pressing at this point can help in various ways – relieving anxiety, menstrual cramps, and reducing blood pressure.
LI4 - LI4 is the Large Intestine 4 point. This point is extremely useful in chronic pain and conditions like high blood pressure. The LI4 is located similar to the LV3 point but on the hand. It is present in the joint between the thumb and the index finger.
PC6 - PC6 or Pericardium 6 is an important acupressure point for high BP. The point is located in the middle of the wrist, a little towards your elbow. This point can give you relief from anxiety, lower blood pressure, reduce motion sickness, and asthma symptoms.
GB20 - GB 20 stands for gallbladder 20 and is also known as "wind pool". This acupressure exercise requires putting pressure on two points. These two points are placed on the sides of our vertebra, on the neck, and under the skull. These two points can be pressed through both of your thumbs.
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