Imagine being able to lose extra weight just by applying pressure to specific locations in your body, in the comfort of your home, through a process called acupressure.
What Exactly Is Acupressure?
Acupressure is well-known to be primarily associated with TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine and in all honesty, Chinese medicine has, in fact, surpassed Western medicine in a very important aspect. This aspect is how TCM tends to target the root underlying cause of the symptoms instead of merely tackling the symptoms themselves like western medicine tends to do.
Mechanism and Basis
Acupressure is based on the belief that the human body possesses vital energy called ‘qi’ (pronounced “chi”) that flows in specific meridians.
The status of ‘qi’ is a mirror to the body’s existing health condition. Optimally, the flow of ‘qi’ should be smooth, which grants you ideal health.
However, if the flow of ‘qi’ is obstructed, or when ‘qi’ is overactive/weak, this ‘qi’ irregularity exhibits itself in the form of physiological disorders and diseases, such as weight gain caused by cravings, hypertension (high blood pressure), digestive disorders, menstrual irregularities, and many more.
Therefore, ‘qi’ needs to get toned and resolved, and this is where acupressure comes in handy.
Pressure points, also called acupoints, are points that lie along the meridians. Imagine them being the body’s electrical outlet. Each is a place where the underlying meridian’s “electrical charge” runs close to the surface and is easy to access.
To be frank, the word “point” is a misnomer. As the Chinese character for these “points” implies the meaning of a ‘cave’ or an ‘opening’.
Massaging these acupoints rejuvenates ‘qi’ pathways, which treats any obstruction or abnormality.
Acupressure’s Magical Effect of Weight Loss
Nowadays, people tend to lead extremely sedentary lifestyles, which have caused obesity rates to skyrocket upwards. Obesity has reached a staggering 30% of the world’s population.
By combining acupressure procedures with traditional weight loss techniques which include exercising as well as following a healthy diet, patients are able to lose even more weight than what traditional weight-loss techniques alone enable them to.
In this section, we’ll present you with some easy-to-locate pressure points that will greatly aid you in your weight loss journey.
Applying these acupressure procedures daily, as well as following a 2,000 calorie intake diet accompanied with some exercising, not only will you shed off thrice the number of pounds without acupressure methods in a short span, but your digestive health will greatly improve and your cravings will be noticeably suppressed.
2. Point GV26 (Philtrum)
That crease or depression located between your upper lip and your nose is called the philtrum.
Apply pressure (pressure that depresses the skin and you should be able to feel pulse/ bone/ tissue) for 5 minutes twice a day. This point keeps your appetite and hunger in check.
3. Point Ren 6 (Belly Button)
3 centimeters (approx. 1.20 inches) below your belly button.
Use your index and middle fingers to massage this point in a vertical up and down motion for 2 minutes twice a day. This point improves digestion.
4. Point ST36/Knee Point
2 inches below any of the 2 kneecaps, slightly off-center towards the outer part of the leg.
You can make sure that you’ve successfully located this point by simply flexing your leg and if you feel the muscle move under your finger, bingo! You’ve just found ST36.
Apply pressure on this point for 1 minute with your index finger twice a day. This point promotes healthy stomach function.
5. Point Ll11 (Elbow Point)
Found inside of the elbow crease a bit towards the inner part of the elbow (inner part is the part that faces your body, bend your arm, and apply pressure).
Apply pressure on this point using your thumb for 1 minute once a day. This part stimulates the intestine to release unwanted retained extra moisture from the body.
6. Point SP6 (Ankle Point)
Move 2 inches above the ankle located on the inner side of the leg.
Apply pressure on this point for 1 minute once a day with your thumb, then release slowly. This point helps balance your bodily fluids. Please don’t apply pressure on this point if you’re pregnant.
7. Abdominal Sorrow Points
Located beneath both of your lowest ribs in a straight line down from your earlobes.
Apply pressure on each of these 2 points for five minutes once a day. It relieves indigestion.
8. Ear Point
Which is the point where your jaw starts from greatly suppresses cravings and appetite?
Move your jaw up and down and press your index finger on the pressure point with the most movement for 1 minute once a day.
Ear Acupressure for Weight Loss
Did you know that pressure points are also situated in your ear AND in large numbers?
Did you also know that your ear is a literal microsystem that contains points that correspond to nearly all of your body parts?
Ear Auriculotherapy (auriculo- from the word auricle, which is the scientific term for your external ear and yes, the term includes that funny, droopy part that we abuse to place earrings in, too.)
The word as a whole means therapy that is performed on your external ear, be it acupuncture, acupressure, cauterization..etc.
Ear acupressure and massage, as a form of auriculotherapy, have benefited many people greatly in body detoxification as well as suppressing appetite and cravings.
Dr. Paul Nogier (1957) recognized the ear’s shape as equivalent to an inverted fetus and accordingly determined the points on the ear that correspond to different organs and systems of the body.
Through this, Ear acupressure is a much wider gateway to all your body systems.
Here is a simple easy-to-do ear acupressure procedure that will substantially and effectively aid your weight-loss journey!
This procedure tricks your hypothalamus into believing that you’re full and that is through the acupoint located behind your ear. However, in this procedure, you’ll need a bead (or preferably, a seed kit specifically made for acupressure purposes like this one), press the bead between your index finger and the acupoint. Maintain gentle pressure for 10 seconds then release and relax for 10 seconds.
Repeat this for 5 times, you may want to tape the bead and massage it in 10-second increments several times throughout the day, hence it being advisable to buy the adhesive seed kits mentioned above.
Other Health Benefits of Ear Acupressure
On top of weight loss, Ear Acupressure and ear auriculotherapy, in general, has provided amazing results and recovery from a wide array of health conditions and diseases.
Ear acupressure has proven its usefulness in managing acute chronic pain conditions, such as the followings:
A recurring throbbing/pulsating type of headache that causes pain ranging from moderate to severe, in which its cause is unknown. However, not all headaches are actual migraines, here’s a video on how to differentiate between different types of headaches.
A term that describes a range of symptoms; pain, numbness, weakness, caused by a pinched nerve, this pinched nerve may occur in different areas along the spine.
Pain, numbness, and weakness that radiates along the sciatic nerve which extends from the lower back to the buttocks reaching the leg.
Along with many, painful conditions including dental pain and gum diseases, in which it can alleviate pain almost immediately or within a span of 24 to 48 hours.
Management of Disabling Neurological Diseases
It also contributes to the improvement of many other non-painful chronic neurological conditions, for instance:
Nerve damage that affects the patients’ ability to feel and move and its subtypes as, Cranial neuropathy; nerve damage that affects the cranial nerves in particular – cranium; Latin for the skull – the patient may lose sensation in parts of his/her face, may also suffer from vision loss. Optic neuropathy; nerve damage affecting the eye’s nerve supply, hence ultimately affecting vision quality.
2. Olfactory acuity
Big words for a heightened sense of smell caused by abnormally increased signals between olfactory receptors and the olfactory cortex.
A central nervous system disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal ultimately leading to recurrent seizures, periods of unusual behavior and sensations, and sometimes, loss of awareness.
Ear Acupressure and auriculotherapy help greatly with epilepsy. It’s well-known that patients with epilepsy don’t always achieve good results with pharmaceutical intervention, using auriculotherapy as an adjunctive treatment has proven to be effective at minimal costs and side-effects.
It has also been reported with favorable results in the treatment of dementia-related behavior.
Dementia is an overall term that describes symptoms associated with a decline in memory and cognitive skills, and thinking abilities.
It renders the patient unable to perform the simplest of daily activities.
5. Multiple Sclerosis
An auto-immune disease (autoimmunity is when the body’s immune system attacks other healthy bodily cells) in which the immune system specifically attacks the protective layer called the myelin sheath that covers the nerves.
Since the myelin sheath gets damaged, impulse transmission is impaired, and the nerve itself may get damaged. This leads to many symptoms associated with nerve damage.
Acupressure can provide relief from symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis, like fatigue that is so debilitating that many MS patients lead a sedentary lifestyle.
Fatigue in MS is usually relieved through the administration of Amantadine (side-effects ensue; insomnia, constipation and increased fluid retention), however, by simple acupressure procedures, many patients have found relief from MS symptoms at the comfort of their homes without any side-effects, in a non-invasive cost-effective technique.
6. Sleep disorders
Notably insomnia. Patients with such disorders are usually at risk of developing a psychological/physiological dependence on hypnotic medications that eases these conditions.
It could provide an adjunctive treatment together with CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) for treating chronic insomnia without the need to resort to risky hypnotic medications.
Non-neurological Diseases Acupressure Provides Relief For
In addition to all that’s mentioned above, it aids patients in withdrawing from narcotic medications and nicotine addiction without any kind of adverse side-effects and at economical pricing. The practitioner pinpoints and applies pressure on exact spots in the patient’s auricle that help suppress cravings.On top of that, acupressure aids in numerous eye conditions, as myopia (nearsightedness), eye inflammations, conjunctivitis (a type of eye inflammation, often called
The Bottom Line
Acupressure and ear acupressure, in particular, is a very effective method for weight loss and other health conditions, as it doesn’t cause bleeding (unlike acupuncture) that may be contraindicated by existing bleeding diathesis or immunosuppression.
Ear acupressure is such a wondrous cure. Who would’ve thought that the key cure to many major health conditions lies in the small microsystem that is your ear!
No meds, no horrendous side-effects, no hassle.