How this Natural Remedy Helps Your Rough Morning: Acupressure for Hangovers
As we approach the holiday season, excessive eating, drinking, and partying often leave us with some undesirable side effects that result in an imbalance within the body. Acupuncture and acupressure are ancient Chinese healing techniques that have been acknowledged for their effectiveness by Western medicine and supported by thousands of scientific studies. These studies indicate that acupuncture can ameliorate dozens of conditions from hiccups and constipation, to allergies, insomnia, fatigue and musculoskeletal pain. When it comes to curing illness, Chinese medicine (CM) looks at it in terms of an imbalance in your Qi, meridians, and organs. Acupuncture points, conveniently numbered along the meridians, when correctly stimulated by an acupuncture needle or an acupressure instrument (which can be a tool designed for this purpose or even your fingers) can adjust the flow of Qi in the meridians and organ systems to address symptoms like nausea, indigestion and drowsiness.
Try this acupressure regimen to help alleviate specific problems caused from a hangover. It will improve common symptoms and nourish your organs, using an innovative approach that combines a Western knowledge of anatomy with CM.
Acupressure Points & Instructions:
With the pad of your finger, or an acupressure tool, massage each of the following points for 10 seconds. Use medium pressure. Repeat 3 times on each side throughout the day.
Acupressure for Hangovers
Liver 3 (LV3) – This point is located on the top of your foot, between your first and second toes. Slide your finger between these two toes toward the top of your foot. When you reach the intersection of the first and second toe, you are on the spot.
Gallbladder 34 (GB34)- This point is located on the outside of your knee, at the head of the fibula (leg bone).
Pericardium 6 (PC6)- This point is located on the inside of the lower arm, between the two tendons in the middle of the arm, three finger-widths from the wrist crease.
Large Intestine 4 (LI4)- On the back of the hand on the soft spot at the end of the crease that forms when you press your thumb and index finger together.
Stomach 36 (ST 36) – This point is located in the depression four finger-widths below the bottom of your knee, on the outside of the leg bone.
Governing Vessel (GV 20) – In the center of the top of your head.
Cup your head by placing your thumbs on the top of your ears and your fingers on the top of your head. This point is located in the center of your skull where your fingers meet.
About the author: Shellie Goldstein, M.S., L.Ac.
Shellie is widely considered one of the leading worldwide experts on cosmetic facial acupuncture. She has been dubbed the “acupuncturist to the stars” by her executive patients and celebrity clientele in Manhattan and the Hamptons. Her innovative healing techniques have also drawn the attention of prestigious magazines and TV appearances. She is a sought after educator in her field, teaching cosmetic acupuncture courses approved by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine); and the author of “Your Best Face Now: Look Younger in 20 Days With The Do-It-Yourself Acupressure Facelift and the AcuFacial® Facelift Handbook”.
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