The simple act of pressing these essential 12 points resets your body’s subtle energy layers, to allow health and wellbeing to flow more easily. Just a few minutes of acupressure on key body points unblocks your meridians. Use gentle yet firm pressure with either middle finger or thumb on these 12 points. Massage in a circular motion for 10 seconds, fell the Qi penetrating into the body, and breathe deeply. As you press, your brain releases endorphins, chemicals that calm pain and invite pleasurable feelings. Your muscles relax and blood flows more freely. As tension recedes, the body finds balance, and you’ll feel better. These are my 12 top priority points for general health for most people every day.
- Ren-1, or DU-1, or Huiyin at the base of the pelvic floor. These 2 points are seen as the same in this tradition.
- KD-1, Kidney 1 or Yongquan, Gushing Spring on the bottom of the foot.
- BL-1, Bladder 1 or Jingming, Bright Eyes, the inner corner of the eyes.
- SP-21, Spleen 21 or Dabao, Great Embracement, on the sides of the ribs.
- SP-6, Spleen 6, or Sanyinjiao, Three Yin Intersection on the inside of the lower legs.
- LI-4, Large Intestine 4, or He Gu, Joining Valley, on the back of the hand just above the thumb.
- LU-1, Lung 1, or Zhong Fu, Central Treasury, on the sides of the upper chest, under the collar bone.
- HT-1, Heart 1, or Ji Quan, Supreme Spring, in the front underarm just under the shoulder joint.
- GB20, Gallbladder 20, or Fengchi, Wind Pool, on the upper back of the neck, under the occipital ridge.
- SI4, Small Intestine 4, or Wangu, Wrist Bone, on the outer edge of the palm, on the heel of the hand.
- ST36, Stomach 36, or Zusanli, Leg Three Miles, at the outside of lower leg diagonally under the knee.
- LV3, Liver 3, or Tai Chong, Great Surge, on the top of foot between 1st and 2nd tendons.
- Ren-1, DU-1, or Huiyin at the bottom of the torso. Yep, it’s down under there in the sweet spot. This is the first and most important point to massage, also known as the perineum, a band of muscles between the sex and anus. It is also the starting point for three extraordinary meridians, the Du Mai, the Ren Mai, and the Chong Mai. Massage with your middle finger deeply and feel it relax. Do it in the shower, and you’ll feel relaxed all day! Massaging DU-1 calms the mind, stimulates the root of your energy, can help some kinds of headaches, insomnia, and revive sexual vitality.
- KD-1, Kidney 1 or Yongquan, Gushing Spring on the bottom of the foot. It’s about one third of the way down your foot, a slight depression at the base of the metatarsal.Massage deeply with your thumb or middle finger for about 10 seconds. Breathe! If you feel pain, drink it in and say thank you!Kidney 1 point is the beginning of the Kidney meridian and the foundation of your Jing, your energy resources. This is critical to your energy level, as the Kidneys provide Qi to all your other meridians. Massaging KD-1 can help to heal poor memory, reduce agitation, anxiety, worry, and even madness.
- BL-1, Bladder 1 or Jingming, Bright Eyes, the inner corner of the eyes. Massage both sides with your middle fingers for about 10 seconds. Breathe! The BL-1 inner canthus of the eyes affects the health of your eyes. the brain, the pineal and pituitary glands. As a meeting point for many meridians, this point is highly beneficial effect on the Qi of the entire body, physically and mentally.BL-1 is also an intersection point on the Qio Mai extraordinary meridians it is also the activating point of protective Wei Qi, the first point you move on waking from sleep. These channels affect how your eyes adjust to light, your blood-sugar level, body temperature, blood pressure, hormones, etc. The Yang Qiao Mai – Yang Heel Vessel rules how we stand up to the world, extend ourselves, interact with and experience the world. It represents the internalization of our interactions and how we express it back out to the world (eyes). The Yin Qiao Mai – Yin Heel Vessel rules how we stand up to ourselves. It is about taking on roles with clear vision, understanding the vast potential of life. Our eyes both take in the world, and express out to the world who we are. We realize that the greatest gift we can offer is our true self.
- SP-21, Spleen 21 or Dabao, Great Embracement, just in front of the arm about a hand below the armpit on the sides of the ribs. It is usually tender, and exacerbated by bra under-wires. Massage with the middle fingers for 10 seconds on both sides. SP-21 helps to strengthen and balance left-right sides of the body and brain. It connects to the pancreas, liver, and digestive system, so it helps stabilize blood sugar levels, digestion and PMS symptoms. SP-21 also relates to our ability to receive unconditional love from our mother as a child, and to receive love from the universe as an adult.Caffeine and coffee cause damage to SP-21, acting like False Qi in the body, which stagnates the SP-21 nerve periphery, leading to high blood pressure, agitation, depression, heart palpitations. Slow damage from just 1 cup of coffee per day may take years for the negative effects to show up.
- SP-6, Spleen 6, or Sanyinjiao, Three Yin Intersection is located on the inside of the lower leg, one hand up from the ankle bone protrusion. Massage with the middle finger for 10 seconds.This is one of the most versatile and effective points for balancing the whole body, because it crosses the Spleen, Kidney and Liver meridians.Massaging this point can relieve pain and improve many conditions associated with all three organs. It’s an important point in the treatment of any digestive, emotional, or gynecological issue. Stimulating SP-6 strengthens the Spleen and Stomach, dissolves dampness, harmonizes the Liver, strengthens the Kidneys, nourishes Blood and Yin, regulates menstruation, cools and invigorates the Blood, vitalizes the urinary system, and calms the Shen – Spirit.
6. LI-4, Large Intestine 4, or He Gu, Joining Valley, on the back of the hand in the web above and between index and thumb.
Pinch this point with your thumb and middle finger of the opposite hand and massage for 10 seconds. Reverse hands and repeat.
Massaging LI-4 relieves pain and clears stagnation, by strongly increasing the flow of Qi through all meridians, especially the Large Intestine meridian. It can resolve pain anywhere in the body and release many issues including headaches, neck-aches, toothaches, eye pain, sore throat, nasal obstruction, abdominal pain, and constipation.
7. LU-1, Lung 1, or Zhong Fu, Central Treasury, on the upper chest, under the clavicle. This is a collecting point for all the energy of the lungs. Massage both sides with the middle finger for 10 seconds, breathing deeply. Massaging Lu-1 nourishes the respiratory passages, heart, spleen, and brain. This point supports the lungs, dissolves grief and sadness, helps lung energy to move down into the body to the kidneys, which distribute Qi throughout the body. This point also relieves tightness in the lungs, bronchia, shoulders and upper back. It goes directly to opening the spirit, bringing security and inspiration, restoring connection with God and Nature. It is also good for anyone overcome with grief, this point goes directly to the source of grief, helping to move through the tears.
8. HT-1, Heart 1, or Ji Quan, Supreme Spring, is located in the front underarm under the shoulder joint. On a physical level, this point can free the chest, activate the meridian, ease chest congestion, improve breathing, treat apoplexy, hemiplegia, and relieve sadness. On a psycho-spiritual level, this point is wonderful as it touches the supreme controller, the emperor within us. That emperor understands that the energy inside us is the same as that outside us. So touching this point unites you with the universal oneness, and invites cohesion among all of the organs. When you feel alone, separated, traumatized, or unloved, feel no warmth or joy, HT-1 connects you to the deepest source. It is called Supreme Spring, like the polestar supporting the center of the universe. Hence this point is extremely helpful for karmic confusion and spiritual disconnection. You can reach both sides simultaneously using the thumbs on the same arm. Massage for 10 seconds and breathe deeply.
Heart 1 “Utmost Source”
To the early Chinese, the Supreme Controller was akin to the emperor, heaven’s representative on earth. The emperor, when healthy, manifests all the qualities we would want in a chief executive: Divine wisdom, radiance, fairness, enlightenment, unselfishness, and love for all. Within us, there exists such a “being” in the form of this official. When the Supreme Controller falls sick, the connection between the “Divine” in us and the “Divine” that created and sustains us may be broken. What greater despair could there than being alienated from this source? We can feel alone, isolated, spiritually cut off, uninspired, intensely anxious, fearful, empty, severed from life. “Utmost Source”, used at the right time, can reestablish this connection and awaken us to the flow of life and love, that permeates all existence. What greater joy and relief could there be than this?
9. GB20, Gallbladder 20, or Fengchi, Wind Pool, on the back of the upper neck, in the depression under the occiput bone. This is an important crossing point of the Gall Bladder Meridian and the Yang Wei Extraordinary Vessel. On a physical level it is primarily helpful for dissolving wind invasion, as the back of the neck is particularly vulnerable to wind. It can help avoid or treat a common cold, nasal congestion, headache, redness, swelling and pain of the eye, nosebleeds, painful neck, stiff shoulder, dizziness, vertigo. On a psycho-spiritual level, it’s great to relieve stress from too much studying, mental focus, or sensory input. Hence it is really good for most humans on the planet! Hold your head gently with both hands as shown in the photo, with your thumbs in GB20 point. Massage for 10 seconds while breathing deeply.
Another useful technique for GB20 is to “thump” on the points by snapping forefingers and middle fingers together so that your forefingers “thump” on the points. Do this 36 times simultaneously on both sides. The thump will resonate in your ears!
10. SI4, Small Intestine 4, or Wangu, Wrist Bone, is located outer edge of the palm, above the little finger, at the meeting line of the red and white skin. This is a significant energy source point of the small intestine meridian, meaning it supports all your body functions and all the other organs. It is excellent for promoting good digestion and a healthy micro-biome. It also eases diabetes or congestion caused by overeating and too many sweets. (Yes, a worldwide epidemic.) It can treat pain in shoulder, arm, and, wrist. lumbar and jaundice (yellow coloring). Massage with the middle finger of the opposite hand for 10 seconds, breathing deeply. Then do the other side.
11. ST36, Stomach 36, or Zusanli, Leg Three Miles, at the outside of lower leg diagonally to the outside under the knee. ST 36 is one of the most important and commonly used acupressure points. Ancient Chinese doctors believed that stimulating this point could treat all diseases. It is called “Leg Three Miles” because Chinese foot soldiers used to stop every three miles and massage ST36 point for renewed energy to walk another 3 miles.
This point helps all issues involving the stomach and/or spleen, improve digestion, relieve digestive disturbances including gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, GERD, Hiccups, vomiting, and constipation. It also alleviates abdominal pain, distention, coldness and numbness in the legs. On a psychological – emotional level it helps PMS, depression, nervousness, insomnia. A great point to remember!
Massage with the middle finger for 10 seconds while breathing deeply. After a few days you may notice a slight pulse at the point. This is a good sign that circulation has increased. Do not use this point during pregnancy.
12. LV3, Liver 3, or Tai Chong, Great Surge, is located on the top of the foot above the toes between 1st and 2nd tendons, in a depression. This super-point has an amazingly vast range of benefits, generally dissolving stagnation and uplifting all Liver functions. It’s the best point for hypertension, insomnia, diabetes, PMS, and painful breasts. It is a calming and grounding point for headaches, anger, irritability, insomnia, depression, and anxiety. This point balances Liver Qi, reduces body stagnation, congestion, headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, canker sores, eye issues, blurred vision, and PMS. It can treat digestive problems such as constipation, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. It even helps treat abdominal pain, sexual issues and genital diseases.
It is also an important point to help ground descending energy into the body, after qi gong exercises and energy healing sessions. Helps to avoid running fire sickness after intense Qogong practice, where energy is stuck in the upper part of the head/body causing issues shortness of breath, anxiety, or headache,
Press firmly with the thumb and massage for 10 seconds, while breathing deeply.