Did you know your feet have many pressure points that could relieve pain, cure insomnia, reduce stress and many more health benefits?
The human feet have more sensitive nerve endings per square centimetre than any other area of the body.
With this in mind, it’s no wonder that acupressure points on our feet have been heavily studied and utilized in holistic treatments since olden days. Acupressure points on the foot have been used for thousands of years to help relieve chronic pain, restore vitality, and even cure certain ailments and medical conditions. It is believed that acupressure points on the foot are linked to specific parts of the body.
Here are some common acupressure points on your feet.
1. Tai Chong (LV3)
Also known as LV3, this pressure point is located between the big toe and the second toe, just at the junction where the tendons meet. Applying pressure on this point relieves stress, headaches, anger, anxiety and period pain.
2. Yong Quan (KD1)
You can locate this pressure point on the depressed area below the joint of the big toe. Massaging this area between the big toe and second toe alleviates insomnia, night sweats, hot flashes and improves memory.
3. Da Dun (LV1)
This pressure point can be found by placing your finger one inch below the corner of the toenail, towards the inner side of the big toe. Applying firm pressure on this point relieves dizziness and stomach aches.
4. Tai Bai (SP03)
This pressure point can be found along the side of the foot, the depressed point in the middle of the foot, near the ball of the feet. Tai Bai controls the digestive system, hence massaging this pressure point helps with managing stomach aches, vomiting and diarrhoea.
5. Tai Xi (KI3)
This pressure point is believed to provide relief from sore throat, toothaches, bronchitis, asthma and arthritis. You can locate this pressure point by pressing on the area between the Achilles tendon and the top of the bony bump on the ankle (medial malleolus).
6. Shen Mai (BL62)
Located on the bony bump outside of the ankle (lateral malleolus), this pressure point reduces flu symptoms, as well as anxiety.
7. Qiu Xu (GB40)
This pressure point is found on the area below the bump on the outer ankle. As this point is linked to to the brain, massaging this area promotes mental calmness, lifts your mood and reduces mental stress.
8. Kun Lun (BL60)
Use your fingers to apply pressure on the depression spot between the highest point of your ankle ((lateral malleolus) and Achilles tendon. This pressure point is believed to reduce high blood pressure, digestive problems, headaches, eye diseases and back pain.
9. Xing Jian (LR2)
Xing Jian is located on the dorsum of the foot, 2cm directly below the crease between the first and second toe. This point is part of the Liver Meridian, and it is known to help with liver issues, leg cramps, sinusitis and eye problems.
10. Nei Ting (ST44)
Use your thumb and index finger to locate this acupoint on the underside of your foot (plantar) between the second and third toe. This pressure point is effective in treating food poisoning and urinary tract infections. It also treats constipation, eye pain and toothache.
11. Zu Lin Qi (GB41)
This pressure point is located along the outer side of the foot, in the depressed area between the fourth and fifth metatarsal bones. It is useful for treating eye problems, back pain, muscle cramping and swelling.
How Meridian Foot Bojin Detox works
Acupressure practitioners usually use fingers, hands and other tools to massage the pressure points. With foot bojin treatments, practitioners use the sharp pointed edges of ox horns, jade or stones to massage a specific acupressure point accurately and target deeper layers of the muscle to loosen up tense ligaments and tendons. This is particularly useful for hard to reach areas on the foot.
Using the right amount of pressure, Meridian Foot Bojin Detox treatment opens up the blocked meridian channels in the body, thereby improving blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. This process helps eliminate toxins build up from the body.
For example, you may be experiencing a sudden surge in headaches lately. A headache may be a sign of mental stress or originating from a medical disorder such as high blood pressure, migraine, depression and so on. Using Bojin tools, a practitioner will start by applying firm pressure on acupressure points and specific meridian on your foot that relates to headaches. Once the meridian pathways are unblocked, usually immediate relief is felt by the person suffering from said condition.
If you have been feeling under the weather or falling sick often without being able to pinpoint the exact issue, maybe it’s time to give Meridian Foot Bojin Detox a try. Let our helpful and friendly practitioners at Syoujin help you put your best foot forward today. Call 6251 3735 to book an appointment.