The study and practice of acupuncture and acupressure have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years as an ancient healing technique in combination with herbal medicine and energy cultivation. Acupressure and acupuncture apply the same principles, but acupressure uses the hands to apply manual pressure on acu-points, instead of needles to achieve the desired results.
TCM & DEPRESSION
Today, we’re here to talk about different acupressure points that can be used to reduce depressive symptoms through the application of intention, pressure and massage. Each of these points can be stimulated on your own without the help of another person, so the medicine of these points can be accessed at any time and place that you have your hands free.
Acupressure is performed by massaging (or using an acupressure stick) on the proper locations for one to three minutes at a time. Listed below are several acu-points that are known to help relieve the symptoms of depression.
ACUPRESSURE POINTS TO REDUCE DEPRESSION
1. “SPIRIT GATE” (Heart 7)
Location: Draw a line between your ring finger and pinky (on the palm’s side) down just past the crease of your inner wrist. Feel for a hollow place. This is the source point of the Heart.
ShenMen Ht7 is often used to support the heart and nourish qi and blood. This point is also known to settle anxiety/worrisome emotions and quiet the mind. It helps with sleep disturbances, emotional distress, and even aids with heart palpitations.
2. “INNER PASS” (Pericardium 6)
Location: Find the middle of your wrist, about two finger widths below the inner wrist crease. Using your thumb and forefinger, press on this point for 2-3 minutes. Repeat on your other wrist.
NeiGuan Pc6 can be used to treat both depression and anxiety. The pericardium is known as “the protector of the heart” in TCM and this point can help to relieve symptoms such as chest tightness and nausea.
3. “CHEST CENTER” (Conception Vessel 17)
Location: At the center of your chest, midway between the nipples/center of your sternum.
ShanZhong Ren17 is also known as the “Influential Point of Qi” and this point helps to regulate the qi (or energy) that often gets stuck (or stagnant) with excess stress and imbalances in life. This point helps to relax the chest and release the diaphragm, while also helping to boost energy.
4. “HALL OF IMPRESSION” (Extra Point Yin Tang)
Location: located in the midpoint between the eyebrows
Located in an area also known as the “Third Eye”, this is a powerful and effective point to calm the spirit. It’s known to promote deep relaxation and even helps with insomnia. It’s also great at relieving headaches and helps to clear nasal congestion or a runny nose.
Herbal formulas, lifestyle modifications and exercise are also important to help regulate moods and treat disorders such as depression. Contact us today to set up an appointment for yourself or a loved one!