Acupressure Points

Acupressure points for emotional well-being. Their location, photograph, use and warnings are listed.

Each point is on the left, as well as on the right, on the body.



GB-44

location of GB-44location of GB-44 Name: Yin Portals of the Foot (Gall Bladder 44)
Location: On the fourth toe, in the outer corner of the nail (so near the smallest toe).
Use: Press.
Effects: Enhances decisiveness and focus, while resolving anger. For timidity.

KI-3

location of KI-3 Name: Supreme Stream (Kidney 3)
Location: On the inside of the foot, halfway between the Achilles-tendon and the side of the ankle-bone.
Use: Press.
Effects: Heals effects on the body of too much fear. (Also for lower backpain.)

KI-4

location of KI-4 Name: Great Bell (Kidney 4)
Location: On the inside of the foot, near the Achilles-tendon, level with the lower part of the ankle-bone.
Use: Press.
Warning: Using this point to go against your heart or beyond your limits will damage your health even further. This will be the case when there are dark circles around your eyes.
Effects: Strengthens the will and dispels fear. For timidity.

KI-6

location of KI-6 Name: Shining Sea (Kidney 6)
Location: On the inside of the foot, directly below the middle of the ankle bone.
Use: Press.
Effects: Heals effects on the body of too much fear. Enhances vision.

LI-11

Name: Crooked Pond (Large Intestine 11)
Location: On the side of the elbow, on the outer side of the arm. Bend your forearm with your hand towards your neck, the point is located at the end of the crease at the elbow. This is halfway up the side of the arm.
Use: Reduce, so move your finger in counterclockwise direction over this point.
Warning: Use this point only when there is Heat, as when you're red in the face or your skin feels hot to the touch and you're feeling warm from prolonged anger (not from exertion). Don't use when weak or low on energy.
Effects: Heals effects on the body of too much anger.
location of LI-11, click for video
move counterclockwise
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LI-4

location of LI-4 location of LI-4 Name: Joining of the Valleys (Large Intestine 4)
Location: On the top side of the hand, on the web between thumb and index finger. To locate, squeeze the thumb against the base of the index finger. The point is located on the highest point of the bulge of the muscle, level with the end of the crease.
Use: Press.
Warning: Don't use this point during pregnancy.
Effects: Letting go of grief. Calms.

LIV-1

location of LIV-1Name: Great Esteem (Liver 1)
Location: On the big toe, at the bottom corner of the nail at the side of the other toes.
Use: Press.
Effects: Assertiveness, discerning when to go along with others and when to assert oneself. Self-esteem.

LIV-2

Name: Moving Between (Liver 2)
Location: On the foot, between the big toe and the second toe, a half thumb width from the margin of the web.
Use: Reduce, so move your finger in counterclockwise direction over this point.
Warning: Use this point only when there is Heat, as when you're red in the face or your skin feels hot to the touch and you're feeling warm from prolonged anger (not from exertion). Don't use when weak or low on energy.
Effects: Heals effects on the body of too much anger.
location of LIV-2, click for video
move counterclockwise
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LIV-3

Name: Great Surge (Liver 3)
Location: On the foot, on the line between the big toe and the second toe. The point is located about 3 finger widths from the edge, in the depression the size of a finger tip you can feel there.
Use: Reduce, so move your finger in counterclockwise direction over this point.
Warning: Don't use when weak or low on energy (in that case use SP-6 instead).
Effects: Relaxes and unblocks emotions (especially repressed anger). Depression.
location of LIV-3, click for video
move counterclockwise
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LU-1

location of LU-1Name: Middle Palace (Lung 1)
Location: On the top of the chest, under the shoulder. First locate the depression under the end of the clavicle, next to the muscle. LU-1 is one thumbwidth under this point, slightly to the side.
Use: Press.
Effects: For internal emptiness and making contact to one's inner worth. (Also for cough and asthma.)

LU-3

location of LU-3Name: Heavenly Palace (Lung 3)
Location: On the upper arm, one handwidth under the armpit (axillary fold). The point is located in the depression between the muscles from the shoulder and the biceps (under the shoulder muscle).
Use: Press.
Effects: For grief, feelings of loss and longing, internal emptiness and making contact to one's inner worth. (Also for cough and asthma.)

LU-7

location of LU-7Name: Broken Sequence (Lung 7)
Location: Keep your hand with the nail of the thumb up. Move your thumb up and back (away from the palm of your hand), this reveals a depression at the bottom of the thumb, called the "anatomic snuffbox" (between two tendons). Move your finger from the anatomic snuffbox along the side of your lower arm, until you feel a bone sticking out (about a thumb's width from it). LU-7 is located on that bone, in between the two tendons you feel there. You can press it with the nail of your thumb or index finger.
Use: Press.
Effects: Heals effects on the body of too much grief.

LU-9

location of LU-9 Name: Very Great Abyss (Lung 9)
Location: On the palm-side of the wrist, in the depression beneath the thumb, between the point where you can feel your pulse and the tendon that goes to your thumb.
Use: Press. To increase the effectiveness of this point, combine it with SP-6 or ST-36.
Effects: For grief, feelings of loss and longing, spiritual emptiness, many regrets. (Also moistens skin, and for cough and asthma.)

P-7

Name: Great Mount (Pericardium 7)
Location: On the middle of the palm-side of the wrist, in the depression between the two tendons, on or just below the crease of the wrist.
Use: Reduce, so move your finger in counterclockwise direction over this point.
Warning: Don't use when weak or low on energy.
Effects: Heals effects on the body of too much joy or emotion.
Also diminishes nervousness.
location of P-7, click for video
move counterclockwise
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SI-19

location of SI-19 Name: Palace of Hearing (Small Intestine 19)
Location: Near the ear, just before the small projection in front of the ear canal. The point is located in the depression that forms when the mouth is opened.
Use: Press.
Warning: Don't use on a regular basis; this point is meant for gaining insight only.
Effects: To focus and listen to one's heart and the hearts of others.

SI-5

location of SI-5 Name: Yang Valley (Small Intestine 5)
Location: Near the wrist, on the pinky-side of the hand. It is a finger's width under the crease of the wrist, in the depression just above the bone that is sticking out. It's not straight above the bone, but straight under the pinky finger.
Use: Press.
Effects: Improves concentration, reduces distractability. Clarity of mind to distinguish the right path to take among several.

SP-6

location of SP-6location of SP-6 Name: Three Yin Intersection (Spleen 6)
Location: On the inside of the lower leg, one hand width (four fingers) above the tip of the ankle bone, on the back of the shin bone.
Use: Press.
Warning: Don't use this point during pregnancy.
Effects: Calms, relaxes and reduces irritability. Heals effects on the body of too much fear, worrying and thinking. (Also used for gynaecological conditions.)

ST-36

location of ST-36location of ST-36 Name: Leg Three Miles (Stomach 36)
Location: On the front of the leg, one hand width (four fingers) below the kneecap, on the outside, in the depression between the shinbone and the leg muscle. What can go wrong is that you may be locating it somewhat too low on the leg. The point is immediately one hand breadth below the kneecap, so if you'd use something thick, like a finger, you might get half a finger breadth to low. It's at the outside of the bone that's on the front of the lower leg, one finger breadth from the crest of that bone.
Use: Press. A fingernail or thumbnail is particularly suited for this point, as you will be able to press more closely to the bone and on a broad range.
Warning: Using this point to go beyond your limits (e.g. overwork) will damage your health even further.
Effects: Increases stamina and energy. Provides stability and grounding. Heals effects on the body of too much worrying and thinking.

TB-17

location of TB-17 Name: Wind Screen (Triple Burner 17)
Location: At the bottom part of the ear, behind the earlobe, in the depression the size of a fingertip.
Use: Press.
Effects: Makes less sensitive to what people think of you.

TB-5

location of TB-5 Name: Outer Frontier Gate (Triple Burner 5)
Location: On the lower arm, on the top side, two thumb widths below the crease of the wrist. In the middle, in the depression between the bones and tendons.
Use: Press.
Effects: Increases expressiveness and sensitivity to feelings.




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