Acupressure

Du20 - Hundred Meetings

Du 20 at the Top of the Head.

Du 20 at the Top of the Head.

This amazing self-regulating point is either used to calm a person down or to increase one's energy. Whatever your energy need, Du20 will help. The Du Channel (also known as Governing Vessel) is one of the two extraordinary channels formed at conception and runs from the tip of the tail bone up along the spine to the crown of the head and down the middle of the face to end between the nose & top lip.

Du 20 is the highest point in the body and is the meeting point for all the yang channels of the body. The easiest way to feel this point is to place your hand on top of your head about 1cm away and you will feel a source of heat emanating from this spot. 

This is one of the two points used during the Yoga Nidra because it is so calming. It's functions are to calm the mind, lift spirits, and tonifies yang qi. It is used for headaches, vertigo, tinnitus, and prolapsed uterus or rectum. 

Massage this point when feeling drowsy for a little pick me up!

Stomach 25 - Celestial Pivot

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This acupuncture point is Stomach 25 also known as Celestial Pivot because it is the center of the body where the heavens and earth meet. This point is locates about 2 inches laterally from the belly button and is good for all intestinal issues - constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and distention. This time of year, we tend to enjoy more richer foods and indulge more because of the holidays. If your bowels, are not moving as normal, apply pressure to Stomach 25 for 2 minutes. 

Large Intestine 4 - Union Valley

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The points LI4 and Lu7 tend to be used together when treating a cold. The Lung and Large Intestine channels are paired together and related the Metal Element in Chinese Medicine. For this reason, these two points are being posted simultaneously.

LI4 is commonly used be many to help with headaches because this point regulates the face, nose, eyes and ears. To find the acupuncture point, close all of your fingers and the point is on the mound between your thumb and forefinger. Apply pressure for 1 - 2 minutes. 

This commonly used acupuncture point helps to relieve pain - headaches, neck aches, chronic pain, toothaches - in the body. There have been many studies on LI4 that show it has an analgesic affect. 

This point is used to induce labor, so should not be needled during pregnancy. 

If you are interested in an acupuncture treatment, call 802-496-9204 or email ana@mountainrosevt.com

Lung 7 Broken Sequence

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Fall in Chinese Medicine is related to the Lung and Large Intestine channels in the body, so there is a tendency to see a rise in issues related to these two channels at this time of year. More colds, allergies, bronchitis are just a few examples of what one can see arise. 

This point Lung 7 which is located on the thumb side of the wrist and is found by sliding your finger from the bottom of the thumb joint up to a natural indentation in the wrist. Lu7 is the command point for the head and neck; therefore is used for colds, nasal congestion, coughs, asthma, and stiffness of neck. This point also has the ability to open the chest, so is helpful in conditions when the chest feels heavy from phlegm.

If you are curious about acupuncture, please call 802-496-9204 or email ana@mountainrosevt.com to set up an appointment. 

LuoZhen - Acupressure for Neck Pain

LuoZhen, meaning Fell Off Pillow, is an acupuncture point to relieve neck strain or sprain, whiplash, sore neck and pain in the shoulder and arm. The point is located in the hollow just below the knuckles of the 2nd & 3rd fingers.  Before applying pressure, check to see your range of movement on both sides of the neck by looking to one side than the other. As well, just tilt your head to one shoulder than the other. Just get a sense of where there is pain or stiffness. Begin by applying pressure to the side that has more pain or less range of movement. I tend to press rather deeply to where I feel a some tenderness, then I gently massage the area by doing small circles in one direction for about 1 - 2 minutes.  If both sides of the neck are tight, repeat for the other hand. Then check in with your range of motion in your neck to see how this point can relieve neck pain.  If there is any numbness, tingling or referring pain, please see your primary care physician about your symptoms.