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You may have heard a lot about the term acupressure. What is the first thing that comes to your mind hear this word? A massage maybe? However, it has a lot of information behind it. Let’s break it down for the beginners.

Acupressure is a part of the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), like acupuncture. According to the traditional Chinese medicine concept, there are a number of acupressure points in our body which can be stimulated to provide relief from pain and stress!

So what exactly should you expect from your first appointment? It’s nothing scary! An acupressure practitioner will apply the right amount of pressure on those specific areas to provide relief from pain. People also claim that when done in the best way possible, it releases tension which is why this practice is gaining popularity.

The seven commonly used acupressure points are as follows:

Gall bladder 20 (GB20)

This point is recommended for treating headache, migraine, low energy, and cold/flu symptoms. It is located by feeling the mastoid (ear) bone and following the groove back to where the neck muscles attach to the skull.

Gall bladder 21 (GB21)


 This point is located by pinching the shoulder muscle with your thumb and middle finger and is commonly used for stress, facial pain, headaches, toothaches and neck pain.


Large intestine 4 (LI4)

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This point is good for stress, headaches, toothaches, facial pain and neck pain.


Liver 3 (LV3)

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This is an excellent area to stimulate for stress, low back pain, high blood pressure, limb pain, insomnia and emotional upset.

  Pericardium 6 (P6)


This point can help provide relief for nausea, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, upset stomach, motion sickness and headaches and is even used for regulation of heart palpitations.

 Spleen 6 (SP6)

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This point can be very helpful for many urological and pelvic disorders as well as fatigue and insomnia. Avoid during pregnancy.

 Stomach36 (ST36)


You can find this point useful for fatigue and depression as well as knee pain and gastrointestinal discomfort. Asians frequently stimulate this point for health promotion and longevity.

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Written by Varnika Chauhan

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