Benefits of Acupressure & Acupuncture 

By: Rania Watts

Did you know that not only do we carry our lives on our feet, but that there are nerve endings in our hands and feet which connect throughout the convoluted map of our mysterious bodies. 

Imagine if someone said to you that a headache can be eased by massaging pressure points on your hands – more specifically the LI-4 Pressure Point (known as Hegu), which “is located between the base of your thumb and index finger. Doing acupressure on this point is supposed to relieve pain and headaches.” 

The instructions are as follows “Find pressure point LI-4 by placing your thumb in the space between the base of your thumb and index finger. Press down on this point for 5 minutes. Move your thumb in a circle while applying pressure. Be firm, but don’t press so hard that it hurts. Repeat the process on your other hand. You can do acupressure several times a day, or as often as needed for your symptoms to go away.” 

I know, it sounds somewhat strange that massaging pressure points on your hands has the capacity to alleviate a headache but it works and is even used as emergency treatment in ambulances. 

In my younger years, I wanted to study massage therapy and learned all about various techniques of how applied pressure on hands and feet can genuinely reduce pain.If anything I am now more aware that one doesn’t need to pop a pill every time one has an ailment. There are other effective natural methods such as this.

In biology we are taught about all of the nerve endings humans have on the bottom of their feet and palms of their hands which, upon reflection, is actually a lot for parts of the body that do not take up a huge amount of space.  It’s amazing how something so small has the capacity to hold every aspect of a human body, and not even be appreciated for it. 

Any personal opinions expressed in this blog solely belong to the author Rania Watts and not the Practitioner advertised in this website or social media.

The content above is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and does not constitute medical or other professional advice.  

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre

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