Acupressure Points for Depression


Acupressure can reduce depression and anxiety by massaging the pressure points. The following are the commonly used acupressure points to treat depression that you can do on your own. Instead of pressing with your fingers, you can also use acupressure stick.

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Neiguan (PC6)

Neiguan can be used to treat depression and anxiety. It is located in the middle of the wrist, about two finger widths below the palm. Use your thumb or forefinger to press on it for 2 to 3 minutes. This procedure should have been repeated for the other wrist.

Shenmen (HT7)

Shenmen can help to calm your mind and resolve emotional related symptoms. It is located at the ulnar end of the distal wrist crease when the palm faces upward, on the radial side of flexor carpi ulnaris tendon. Use your thumb and apply pressure or you can do circular motion with thumb. This procedure should have been repeated for the other wrist.

Baihui (GV20)

Baihui can be effective for treating insomnia, depression and anxiety. It is located at the top of the head. Press it gently for about 1 minute. Then, release your finger for about 30 seconds, and repeat the process for few times.

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Taichong (LR3)

Taichong can be used to reduce depression and insomnia. It is located on your foot about two finger widths above the place where the skin of your big toe and the next toe join. Use your thumb and apply pressure or you can do circular motion with thumb. You may feel a little soreness. This procedure should have been repeated for the other foot.

Hegu (LI4)

Hegu can be used to relieve headaches and stress due to depression and anxiety. It is located on the highest spot of the muscle when the thumb and forefinger are brought close together. Use your thumb and apply pressure or you can do circular motion with thumb. This procedure should have been repeated for the other hand. There is a device called Aculief. It applies constant pressure to the Hegu point.

Where to buy: Aculief

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