2 Acupressure Points for Mental Disorder


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Ms. Mai Sogawa is a senior therapist who graduated from Japan Medical School of Judo Acupuncture and Moxibustion International Education College.

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Exploring acupressure points for mental disorders, as shared by Ms. Mai Sogawa, a TCM Therapist from Japan, provides an alternative approach to managing mental health. If you’re looking for specific techniques to use acupressure for depression, I recommend reading acupressure for depression. This article, however, will focus on utilizing acupressure for a broader range of mental disorders, such as anxiety, PTSD, and bipolar disorder.

Acupressure Points for PTSD and Bipolar Disorder

Ms. Mai Sogawa suggests specific acupressure points like HT-7 and PC-6 for conditions beyond depression. These points are beneficial in cases of anxiety, PTSD, and bipolar disorder, mainly due to their ability to counterbalance sympathetic dominance – a common factor in these disorders. Activating the parasympathetic nervous system through these points induces a state of relaxation, which is crucial for managing these conditions.

Acupoint: HT-7 (Other Names: Heart-7/Shen Men/Spirit Gate)
Acupoint: HT-7 (Other Names: Heart-7/Shen Men/Spirit Gate)
Acupoint: PC-6 (Other Names: Pericardium-6/Nei Guan/Inner Pass)
Acupoint: PC-6 (Other Names: Pericardium-6/Nei Guan/Inner Pass)

Integrating Aromatherapy with Acupressure

To enhance the effectiveness of acupressure, Ms. Sogawa recommends incorporating aromatherapy. This can be done by diffusing relaxing aromas or applying essential oils during acupressure sessions and massages. The combination of acupressure and aromatherapy can provide a more holistic approach to treating mental disorders.

Techniques for Effective Acupressure

Here are some acupressure techniques derived from Ms. Sogawa’s expertise:

  • Focus Areas: Concentrate on the neck, shoulders, and spine sides.
  • Self-Administered Techniques: Use self-acupressure or massage, employing tools for difficult-to-reach areas.
  • Ear Massage: Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, aiding in relaxation.
  • Duration and Intensity: Apply pressure for approximately 10 seconds per point, ensuring it’s firm yet comfortable.
  • Effective Combinations: Utilize combinations like GV20 with EX-HN1(Shishencong) and the body’s Shenmen point with the ear’s Shenmen point.
  • Daily Routine: Practice acupressure flexibility, ideally 2-3 times a day, including during relaxing moments like mornings, baths, or before bedtime.

For detailed techniques, please refer to the article on acupressure for depression.

Precautions and Medical Consultation

It’s essential to practice acupressure safely, especially when dealing with mental disorders:

  • Bruising Risks: Exercise caution if you are on psychotropic medications, as there’s an increased risk of bruising.
  • Adjusting Intensity: In case of bruising, reduce the stimulation intensity.
  • Recognizing Overstimulation: If you experience excessive pain or discomfort after stimulation, lessen the pressure.
  • Balancing Self-Care and Professional Advice: While self-acupressure promotes independence, it’s vital to integrate it with professional medical advice for a comprehensive approach to mental health care.


Author: P. Sze

P. Sze P. Sze is the founder of TCM Tips and Dragon Acupuncture®. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a first-class honor in Civil Engineering. S he also holds a master’s degree in Engineering and is the brain behind the innovative TCM products of Dragon Acupuncture®. She is the author of The Beginner's Guide to Auricular Therapy: Application of Ear Seeds (ISBN 978-1520451398) and Facial Gua Sha - Fight the Signs of Aging Naturally and Inexpensively (ISBN 978-1980678922). She has dedicated her life to ensuring that the complex theories behind oriental medicine and the seemingly dangerous techniques that involve needles and fire do not scare you from trying oriental medicine. This is why she writes endlessly about acupressure and its countless health and wellness benefits.

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