Acupressure Point Tables

Acupressure Point Tables for Common Conditions

In past eNewsletters, we've shared acupressure points for common conditions. These acupressure points are listed in the tables whose links are in the sidebar to the right. We hope you find them useful.

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Summer Acupressure Points
A Selection of Summertime Acupressure Points and Indications for Their Use
Seasonal ImplicationsIndications for UseChannel & Point NumberName of PointHow to Locate the PointPhoto Illustrating Two-Finger Activation of the Point
Points for conditions often related to summertime damp heatHeadache. Stomach 8 Touwei: Head Corner This point is located in line with the angle of the jawbone and about 5 finger's widths above the level of the eyes. Photo of acupressure point
Fatigue, a sensation of heavy limbs, edema (swelling in legs, hands, feet, etc.), lack of appetite, and/or poor digestion. Stomach 36 Zusanli: Three Miles of the Foot It is located approximately 3 thumb widths from the lower border of the knee in the muscle to the outside border of the large bone below the knee. Photo of acupressure point
Headaches and the feeling of dizziness that can accompany the physical experience of summer damp-heat. Stomach 40 Fenglong: Abundant Bulge Fenglong is located midway between the lower border of the knee and the outer anklebone, then found in the muscle about 2 fingers widths to the outside of the large bone of the lower leg. Photo of acupressure point
Limbs feel heavy and weak, breathing is heavy or difficult, and any edema or swelling in the limbs. Spleen 2 Dadu: Big Capital Spleen-2 is located on the inside edge of the big toe just before the ball of the foot. Photo of acupressure point
Sensation of heaviness in the body, fatigue in the limbs, diarrhea, slow digestion, or genitourinary issues (such as itching, cloudy/foul discharges). Spleen 3 Taibai: Supreme White This point is located on the inside edge of the foot just past the ball of the foot, where the skin of the top of the foot meets the skin of the bottom of the foot. Photo of acupressure point
Headaches, especially headaches that relate to the sinus pressure or infection and the frontal area of the head. Gall Bladder 14 Yangbai: Yang White Yangbai is located approximately one thumb's width above the eyebrow, in line with the pupil. Photo of acupressure point
Points to keep feet happy and healthy during heightened summertime activityThis point is helpful for pain, weakness, and swelling of the foot, digestive problems (such as pain and bloating, lack of appetite), anxiety, agitation, and manic depression. Stomach 42 Rushing Yang Located at the highest point on the top of the foot; you should be able to feel a pulse at this location Photo of acupressure point
Foot cramps, bloating, fullness, or indigestion in the stomach and overall digestive system, blood in stool, seizures, morning sickness for pregnant women, and placenta retention after birth. Spleen 4 Ancestor and Descendant Bring your index finger to the inside arch of the opposite foot, slide your finger to the point that is just behind the ball of the foot at the place where the skin of the bottom of the foot meets the skin from the top of the foot. Now, place the middle finger next to the index finger, also on that the line where the bottom skin meets the upper skin. This is Spleen 4. Photo of acupressure point
Although it is not actually located on the foot, this point is a powerful point for releasing painful foot tension, such as that associate with Plantar Fasciitis. Other indications for use include low back pain/stiffness, muscle spasms (such as Charlie Horses in the calf muscle). Interestingly, this point is useful for helping to resolve hemorrhoids (this is quite helpful for post-partum women) and constipation. Bladder 57 Supporting Mountain This point is located on the back of the lower leg, almost half way between the knee and the heel. It is found just below the gastrocnemius muscle (the large calf muscle), where the main muscle body divides into two tapering sides. Chances are that if you palpate in this area and stumble across a tender or sore point, you probably found the spot! Photo of acupressure point
Restore vitality to the Kidney Qi and Kidney Yin, balance Yin and Yang energies, calming for a restless fetus, helpful for insomnia, urinary dysfunction, tinnitus, dizziness, breathlessness, reproductive system issues. Kidney 3 Great Stream Located in the sunken, fleshy area directly behind the highest point of the inner ankle bone (medial malleolus). Photo of acupressure point
Indications include ankle pain and swelling, arthritis, depression, headaches, and muscle spasms and pain associated with the: low back, between the ribs, thigh, and hypochondrium (just behind the lower ribs). Gall Bladder 40 Hill's Ruins Located in the soft, fleshy area in front of and slightly lower than the highest point of the outer ankle bone (lateral malleolus). There is a depression that your finger will sink into. Photo of acupressure point
A controversial point that can trigger a rise in anger. However, when used appropriately, Liver 3 is excellent for smoothing the flow of Liver Qi, quieting angry emotions, and drawing down eruptive energy of the body. Other indications include: foot cramps, tired, painful, red eyes, dizziness/vertigo, liver cleansing. (If you are pregnant, be sure to speak to myself or another qualified practitioner to learn the appropriate degree and direction of pressure to apply to Liver 3.) Liver 3 Great Thoroughfare Bring your middle finger to the space between the Big toe and second toe on the top of the foot. Slide your finger up just past the point were the webbing between the toes begins, then place your index finger immediately next to your middle finger. Now, apply gentle pressure, with your index finger, angled slightly towards the large tendon of the Big toe. This is Liver 3. Photo of acupressure point
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