Acupressure Points Enhancing Metabolism to Stay Healthy
Acupressure therapy is also beneficial for enhancing metabolism rate to stay healthy and fit. This post is about specific acupressure points which can help you get most from your metabolism for health. Regular therapy at these acupressure points can help you feel better and alternatively cure many related ailments as well.
Our bodies get the energy they need from food through metabolism, the chemical reactions in the body's cells that convert the fuel from food into the energy needed to do everything from moving to thinking to growing. Specific proteins in the body control the chemical reactions of metabolism, and each chemical reaction is coordinated with other body functions.
Your metabolism, experts say, involves a complex network of hormones and enzymes that not only convert food into fuel but also affect how efficiently you burn that fuel.
According the acupressure theory:
Metabolism is defined as being controlled by the chi, or life force present in all living beings, and by the chi's flow through various major organ systems. By manipulating the chi and changing how certain organs function, the Western concept of metabolism can be affected.
The Ear: The pressure points that affect appetite and metabolism are located in the cartilage above and in front of your ear canal. This appetite control point can help you avoid overeating. Pressing for several minutes on this cartilage will help to redirect the chi to lower appetite.
Spleen SP6 has a strengthening effect on the digestive system.
It is a good pressure point for ensuring digestive health and optimal metabolism. SP6 is on the inside of your leg, around four finger widths above the ankle joint. The specific point is toward the back of the leg, very near the bone. Caution: Do not press this point if you are pregnant.
Spleen SP9: The pressure point SP9 also affects the spleen and has an effect on your body's water metabolism. SP9 is a little harder to find. To find SP9, look about three finger widths from the bottom of the knee cap and then go one finger width toward the inside of your leg. SP9 is located in an indentation just under the top of your tibia.
Stomach ST36: It affects the stomach and the digestive system. ST36 is in the same general area as SP9. As with SP9, it is three fingers below the kneecap. However, it is on the other side of the leg, around one finger width toward the outside of the leg.
Stomach ST40: It has a number of effects on your body. It clears excess phlegm, affects excess moisture in the chi and is important for digestion and metabolism. ST40 is around two finger widths behind your shin bone, half way down the outside of your shin.
The liver plays a major role in the body’s metabolism and is involved in glycogen storage, plasma protein synthesis, and drug detoxification. It also produces bile, which is important in digestion, and performs and regulates a wide variety of high-volume biochemical re-actions.
Acupressure Point LV 3 is referred to as the source point on the Liver Meridian, a channel of energy associated with the liver. According to the theory of Acupressure, this important source point helps to keep the body’s energy running smoothly.
LV3 is on the top of your foot in the skin between your first and second toes, where the bones for those two toes join in a "V" shape. LV3 also helps to prevent chi stagnation.
Application of finger pressure on Lv 3 is thought to be helpful in releasing toxins from the body and has also been beneficial for some in helping to relieve headaches, allergies and foot cramps.
LV11 is another pressure point that affects your liver and helps for emotional health. In addition, it clears additional heat and moisture from your body, and thus affects metabolism. It also helps your intestines. LV11 is located on the outside of the crease on the top of your elbow. To find it, hold your palm up; it is located on the thumb side of your elbow crease.
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