Most people experience anxiety, whether they call it anxiety or being very stressed out. However, those who struggle with long-term anxiety know a bit too well that these symptoms can be debilitating. Therapy, medication, or a combination of both is often the course of action to tackle anxiety. However, acupressure, a style of traditional Chinese medicine, can offer instant relief if you’re struggling with an anxiety attack.
Acupressure for Anxiety Relief
While a professional acupuncturist can help you take this practice to the next level, following these steps can help you control your anxiety symptoms. Here’s how to find the spots mentioned in the video.
The Hall of Impression Point
Also known as the third eye, this point lies between your eyebrows. Start by applying gentle, firm pressure to this point for at least five minutes.
Heavenly Gate Point
Your ears can be quite sensitive. Find this spot by moving your finger to the upper shell of your ear. Trace the point to the tip of the triangle-like hollow on your ears. Apply pressure in circular motions for two minutes.
The Shoulder WellPoint
Everyone with anxiety symptoms knows that tension tends to accumulate in this area. To find the perfect spot, pinch your muscles until you find the hollow space in your shoulder muscle. Apply firm pressure for up to five minutes.
Union Valley Point
My personal favorite to practice at the office. This acupressure point is between your thumb and index finger. Apply firm pressure to the point, it can hurt to start, but feel the tension moving away as you continue to apply pressure. Only massage the area for five seconds.
The Great Surge Point
Your feet are a highway of nerves that connect to every inch of your body. Find the excellent surge point about two to three inches above your big toe and second toe. Apply pressure moving towards your toes for at least five seconds.
Inner Frontier Gate Point
Look at your arm for one second. Place your fingers by your wrist and trace it down your arm for about three inches. You should feel a hollow between the tendon. Apply pressure here for five seconds. You can do this on both arms.
Is Acupressure Effective to Manage Anxiety?
As with most traditional Chinese medicine, there’s not enough research to prove its efficiency. However, as an alternative method for anxiety relief, acupressure seems to have promising feedback. A review of various studies found that acupressure relieved anxiety symptoms before a medical procedure. Another study also noted that acupressure was successful at helping women receiving fertility treatment control their anxiety symptoms. However, comparing acupressure to acupuncture, some studies believe it can be useful for treating anxiety.
In the end, acupressure is mostly a harmless practice. However, if you’re pregnant, proceed with caution as some studies believe specific acupressure points can induce labor. If you’re dealing with anxiety, talk to your doctor to see if acupressure can be an option to help you manage your symptoms.