Chinese people have used the method of acupressure to heal various conditions for thousands of year. For those who come across this term for the first time, it is an alternative medicine technique similar to acupuncture that helps the body and mind heal by letting energy flow through the meridians or channels of the body.
Nowadays, this technique is widely practiced in the Eastern and Western cultures for treating conditions such as tension, anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, headaches, lower back pain and many more.
Joseph Carter has a video that demonstrates how to help yourself with depression, stress, anxiety or insomnia using the Heart 7 acupressure point which is located on the wrist, very close to the palm, as shown in the picture below. The Chinese name for this pressure point is Shen Men, which translates into English as ‘Spirit Gate.’
The meridians or the channels of the body help the energy flow from the acupressure points to all the organs of the body. Now the Heart 7 is an important pressure point because it helps the energy from the heart to be released to the rest of the body and heal it.
Find the point in the crease of the wrist with your palm facing up. Run your finger along the tendon to find where to place the pressure. It should be hollow next to the tendon. Using your thumb or finger, press the Heart 7 point inwards towards the bone. Hold it for at least 30 seconds and up to about 3 minutes.
While pressing this point of the wrist one should also use deep breaths in order to calm down an relax. Joseph says that massaging Heart 7 can also achieve its stimulation. This point also helps with public speaking because it’s connected to the tongue. You can always turn to pressing or massaging this spot when you want to avoid a fight and cool your temper.
You can practice this on yourself to alleviate insomnia because it can help lessen the anxiety and induce sleep onset. If you are new to acupressure starting with this point would be the best choice because it’s both powerful and gentle on the system at the same time.
Do you believe the alternative medicine techniques are a good way to help your body deal with stress, anxiety, insomnia and the rest of the issues mentioned above? Have you ever tried practicing this particular technique or maybe plan on doing it in the future?
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