Learn To Use These 6 Acupressure Points For White Patches According To TCM Practitioners

If you’ve been beautiful from birth and suddenly, you begin to have scars or things that mar your beauty, you may lose your self-confidence and even spiral into depression. This was the case of a friend of mine who began to develop white patches on her face from nowhere until I introduced her to the acupressure points for white patches.

White patches or Vitiligo is a disease that affects the skin. It makes the skin lose its color in patches. Although it can affect the skin on any part of the body, vitiligo, for most people, appears on the face, hair, and the inside of the mouth.

You can have vitiligo at any age, but hardly above age thirty. The causes of vitiligo include disorder of the immune system, heredity, stress, and trauma. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), white patches are either a result of the blockage of the pores from stress, stagnation of the muscles due to moist heat, and Qi-Blood deficiency.

In this article, I’ll show you the acupressure points to cure vitiligo caused by these factors.

Can Acupuncture Help With Vitiligo?

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Most people know acupuncture to be used widely in relieving body pains, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and other bodily discomfort caused by several diseases. The uses of acupuncture stretched beyond this, however. Some studies prove that acupuncture can be used in treating vitiligo.

One of such studies describes how possible it is for acupuncture to serve as a treatment for vitiligo. The researchers prescribed the use of the Fire Needle as it functions as both acupuncture and moxibustion. One of the researchers found that this treatment mechanism first damages, then repairs. This mechanism will first injure your skin before it accelerates your body’s metabolism and promotes the healthy growth of new tissues.

Another research prescribes the use of the fire needle technique alongside other conventional treatments for vitiligo.

Having clarified this, let’s treat the acupoints you need for the treatment of vitiligo.

A. Vitiligo Caused By Blocked Pores

TCM believes that vitiligo can be caused by blocked pores. This happens as a result of stress that makes the viscera to malfunction and stagnates the air and blood that nourishes the skin.

The acupoints for this kind of vitiligo include:

Acupoint: LU-5 (Other Names: Lung-5/Chi Ze/Cubit Marsh)

Acupoint LU-5 is one of the acupressure points to cure vitiligo. This Lung meridian acupoint is called Chize in Chinese, which means Cubit Marsh. You’ll find LU-5 on the elbow. To locate this acupoint, bend your elbow and trace a finger from the thumb of the bent hand, down to the point on the outside of your elbow where the wrinkles are formed.

In TCM, Chize is classified as the He-Sea point of the Lung Meridian because it clears the lung of heat, helps the sinews to relax, and expels phlegm from the lung. It is one of the acupressure points for the lungs that relieves you from asthma, chest congestion, cough, sore throat, and abdominal pain.

Acupoint: SP-10 (Other Names: Spleen-10/Xue Hai/Sea of Blood)

Acupoint SP-10 is the next acupoint in this category for the treatment of vitiligo. This spleen meridian pressure point is called Xuehai and is located on the leg. You’ll find it before your knee-cap, three fingers away from the knee-cap, on your thigh, when you bend your knee ninety degrees.

As the Sea of Blood, SP-10 is suited to treat issues related to the blood. While it cools and moves the blood, it also benefits the skin. This is why, in addition to treating irregular menstruation, SP-10 is also effective in treating eczema and vitiligo. It is also one of the acupressure points for fibromyalgia.

B. Vitiligo Caused by Stagnant Muscles

This type of vitiligo happens in the summer when the heat is moist and fails to leave. The resultant effect is gaps between the muscles that lead to white patches on the skin. The acupoints to remedy this include:

Acupoint: BI-20 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-20/Pi Shu/Spleen Transporter)

Acupoint Bl-20, Pishu, or Spleen Shu is a bladder meridian acupoint that is useful in treating vitiligo. It is located on the lower back, two-finger-width away from the eleventh thoracic vertebra of the spine.

BL-20’s classification as the Back-Shu point of the Spleen in TCM makes it the acupoint that tonifies the spleen and stomach Qi and nourishes the blood. This makes Pishu effective in treating dysentery, abdominal distention, and blood in the stool.

Acupoint: Ren-12 (Other Names: The Conception Vessel-12/Zhong Wan/Middle Epigastrium)

Zhongwan or Ren-12 is another of the vital acupressure points for white patches. It is located on the stomach, four fingers above your navel. It is the point where the index finger rests when you place the little finger on the navel.

In TCM, Zhongwan helps to strengthen the stomach and spleen as well as resolve dampness. This is the reason why it is effective in treating vitiligo, in addition to epigastric pain, hiccup, abdominal distention, and diarrhea.

C. Vitiligo Caused by Lack of Qi-Blood

In TCM, poor nutrition could affect the skin by depleting Qi-Blood. Most people who suffer from vitiligo caused by a lack of Qi-blood are people with a weak body who have recently undergone surgery. Here are acupoints to remedy this:

Acupoint: ST-36 (Other Names: Stomach-36/Zu San Li/Leg Three Miles)

Zusanli
Acupoint: ST-36 (Other Names: Stomach-36/Zu San Li/Leg Three Miles)

St-26, called Zusanli in Chinese is the right acupressure for vitiligo caused by lack of Qi-Blood. This stomach meridian acupoint is located below the knees, at exactly four fingers from the bottom of the front of the knees. It is one of the acupressure points on the lower legs.

Zusanli’s classification as the He-Sea point of the Stomach Meridian in TCM makes it the ideal acupoint for the treatment of gastric pain, indigestion, poor appetite, and asthma. This is because the acupoint is responsible for tonifying the blood and Qi and strengthening the stomach and spleen.

Acupoint: Ren-12 (Other Names: The Conception Vessel-12/Zhong Wan/Middle Epigastrium)

While Ren-12 features as the acupoint for treating vitiligo caused by stagnant muscles, it also features as the treatment for vitiligo caused by lack of Qi-blood. Again, you’ll find Zhongwan or Ren-12 on the stomach, four fingers above your navel.

Ren-12 is a vital acupoint in TCM. It is the crossing point of both the Ren Vessel and Small Intestine, and the San Jiao and Stomach Meridian. This is the reason why it is used widely in the treatment of several bodily discomforts such as vitiligo and as one of the acupressure points for heart palpitations.

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