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Future Health

Acupressure Points to Ease Anxiety

January 23, 2023 

Anxiety is a natural human emotion. To help relieve some of that anxiety? Acupressure offers temporary relief through several pressure points. When you focus on each pressure point make sure to follow these steps to self-massage:

  1. Place your thumb or 1-2 fingers on the pressure point.

  2. Apply firm pressure on the point and hold for five seconds. Take slow, deep breaths while you are applying pressure. 

  3. Gently massage using circular motions for about two minutes.

  4. Repeat this process on the opposite body part. (Ex: If you started with your right side, move next to your left side). 

Here are ten pressure points and how they can help you. 

  • Governor Vessel 20 (GV 20) - Hundred Meetings

    • Location: Center of the top of your head. Draw a line from your forehead to the back of your head. Then draw another one from one ear to the other. Where the two lines meet is where the point is. 

    • Relieves: Promotes relaxation and eases stress.

  • Governor Vessel 24.5 (GV 25.5) - The Third Eye (Yintang Point)

    • Location: Middle of the eyebrows.

    • Relieves: Anxiety, stress, insomnia, eyestrain, restlessness, and sinus pressure pain.

  • Large Intestine 4 (LI 4) - Hegu

    • Location: Groove between the thumb and index finger.

    • Relieves: Anxiety, headaches and neck pain.

  • Large Intestine 10 (LI 10) - Shou San Li

    • Location: Outside of the forearm when you bend your arm 90 degrees. Measure three finger widths from the elbow crease. 

    • Relieves: General anxiety, shoulder pain, and neck stiffness.

  • Pericardium 6 (PC 6 or P 6) - Neiguan

    • Location: Three finger widths from wrist crease on the inside of the forearm and wrist. It is between the two large tendons. 

    • Relieves: Insomnia, anxiety, nausea, calms mind, and helps with motion sickness. 

  • Heart 7 (HT 7) - Spirit Gate

    • Location: On inner wrist crease. Follow the pinky finger down to the wrist. It is in the depression of the crease. 

    • Relieves: Anxiety, stress, insomnia, irritability and chest palpitations. 

  • Lung 9 (LU 9) - Great Abyss

    • Location: Inner wrist crease. Follow the thumb to the wrist. 

    • Relieves: Anxiety, palpitations, coughing, asthma, and helps the feeling of falling into the abyss and getting trapped. 

  • Conception Vessel 17 (CV 17) - Chest Center

    • Location: In the depression in the middle of the sternum. Lateral level to the nipples. 

    • Relieves: Anxiety, panic attacks, chest congestion, heart palpitations, and helps relieve stress before going to bed. 

  • Gallbladder 21 (GB 21) - Shoulder Well

    • Location: On both shoulders, between the base of the neck and end of the shoulders. 

    • Relieves: Stress, headaches, and muscle tension in the neck and shoulders. 

  • Liver 3 (LV 3) - Great Surge

    • Location: Top of feet between the tendons of the big and second toes. In the depression between the toes. 

    • Relieves: Calms emotions, especially anxiety, stress, anger and irritability.