Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Important Acupressure Points - Acupressure Point #1: LI4 (Large Intestine 4)

Let's look at the first in the series of articles on important acupressure points. These points should be stimulated on a daily basis (one minute each). They should be stimulated on both sides of the body (where applicable).

We don't advise using acupressure during pregnancy or on parts of the body that have been injured. If you're pregnant and aren't 100% sure what you're doing, don't use acupressure.

Specifically this first point, LI4, or "Large Intestine 4", can induce labour, so be careful.

Let's look at how to find this point and some details about it...

Chinese Name: Hegu (English translation: Joining Valley)

English name/translation: Joining of the Valleys (Joining Valley or Union Valley)

Meridian: Large Intestine meridian

Location: On the top side of the hand, on the web between thumb and index finger

  • External pathogenic headache and body ache, dizziness, every type pf pain and psychogenic tension
  • Used to treat eye, ear, nose (e.g. nosebleed), tooth, jaw, face (eg swelling) and bowel problems
  • Diseases like mumps, scabies, hidrosis and anhidrosis
  • Reduces pain and strengthens immunity
This acupoint is celebrated as a universal anti-pain point. It's useful for all kinds of pain, especially for head and neck region.