How to Get Relief from Insomnia with Acupressure Therapy?

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Acupressure is the best alternative treatment for insomnia. It is commonly noticed that conventional medical approaches don't work for insomnia or sleepness problems. This amazing therapy can provide immediate relief, yet it costs nothing and takes only a

Acupressure is the best alternative treatment for insomnia. It is commonly noticed that conventional medical approaches don't work for insomnia or sleepiness problems. This amazing therapy can provide immediate relief, yet it costs nothing and takes only a few minutes.

If you're having trouble falling asleep, wake frequently once you fall asleep, or wake up earlier than you want to, try using acupressure therapy to help get relief from it. If insomnia is a cause of any health condition, then acupressure for that particular condition can be performed along with acupressure for insomnia. This will give the best results in healing insomnia. For instance, if insomnia is a result of back pain, then acupressure for back pain along with insomnia acupressure will be helpful in alleviating insomnia condition better.

An example of how symptoms might manifest when our Qi is disturbed is insomnia. In Chinese Medicine there are two different kinds of sleep disturbance:

Inability to fall asleep: Liver related - as when we are too worked up to relax into sleep.

Interrupted sleep: Heart related - as when we are "broken-hearted" and are awakened by those feelings.

Different acupuncture points and herbs would be selected to treat each kind.

When our Qi is out of balance we feel disoriented, weak and un-centered. Our grief, expressed through the Lungs, comes as tears. Unexpressed we have headache, coughing, asthma, fatigue and sinus symptoms. Our anger can give us headache, or fever blisters and insomnia. If the rage is turned inward we are depressed. We have trouble falling asleep. When we are heart-broken our Heart is affected. The Chinese believe that our Spirit (or "Shen") resides in our Heart and must rest comfortably. When we are emotionally distressed, our Shen is disturbed and flutters in our chest resulting in palpitations, interrupted sleep, daytime agitation and night terrors.

Acupressure points to get relief from insomnia.

B2 On The Face: is just to the side of the nose, at the end of the eyebrow. Using the tips of your index and third fingers, apply pressure to the spot between your eyebrows, at the juncture of the bridge of your nose and your forehead.

G20 The Back of Your Head: Location: It is about 2 cun (or two thumb widths) out from the middle of the neck, at the outside of the trapeze muscle (if you bend your head forwards the trapeze muscle will stick out).

Gently massage the pressure points at the indentation at the base of the skull on the back of the head; move outward an inch on both sides of the skull at the hairline.

The two acupressure points traditionally used to relieve insomnia are the HE7 and PE6 (Spirit Gate and the Inner Gate)

Pressure on these points helps balance and calm the heart, alleviate anxiety, and promote sound sleep.

Both are located on the inner wrist, so you can easily reach them yourself.

HE-7 Spirit Gate: The Spirit Gate is located on the inside of the wrist crease, in line with the little finger.

Benefits: Relieves emotional imbalances, fear, nervousness, anxiety, and forgetfulness.

PE6 (The inner Gate) is two cun up from the wrist in the centre. It is also called Pericardium 6. Applying acupressure on this point is good for Heart, anxiety, palpitations, interrupted sleep, nausea.

The popular "sea bands" that can be purchased in Health Food stores for sea sickness can be used on this point.

Other suggested points for insomnia are : K3, H7, PE6, SP6, LV3, LI 4   

K3:   Location: in the hollow midway between inside anklebone and the Achilles tendon.                        

LV 3: good for the Liver, anger, frustration, depression, headache, trouble falling asleep

Point Location: This point is found in the web between the big toe and the second toe between the metatarsal bones approximately one thumb width up towards the ankle (analogous to large intestine 4 on the hand).

LV 3: Liver 3 (Liv-3) diabetes acupressure point

Location: On the foot, on the line between the big toe and the second toe. The point is located about 3 finger widths from the edge, in the depression the size of a finger tip you can feel there.

Benefits: This accupressure treatment Relaxes & unblocks emotions (especially repressed anger) and Depression.

LI4:  Acupressure Point LI 4 is referred to as the source point on the Large Intestine Meridian, a channel of energy associated with the large intestine. The most effective way to apply pressure to LI 4 is to slide your thumb along the webbing until you reach the junction of the thumb and index finger bones.

SP 6: Location: on the inside surface of the leg, four fingers-width above the inner anklebone. This healing touch point is one of the most commonly used points and one of the most versatile. Because the point crosses the Spleen, Kidney and Liver meridians, it can treat many conditions associated with all three organs. It's an important point in the treatment of any digestive, gynecological & emotional condition.

Kidney 1: good for fear.

This point is called Yong Quan or bubbling spring. It is the first point of the Kidney meridian. As Shane Hoffman says: It is the place where the body kisses the earth and from whence the body draws in the support of the earth.

The point is located on the underside of the foot at the base of the heel in line with the space between the first and second toes.          

The above mentioned treatment can be taken for 5 to 12 minutes at night in bed to ensure good sleep.

* A study: Efficacy of HT 7 point acupressure stimulation in the treatment of insomnia in cancer patients and in patients suffering from disorders other than cancer.

How to Find a Qualified Acupuncturist

It is important that you find a qualified acupuncturist that is registered. You can look for a local acupuncturist in your area through several websites like the Acupuncture Now Foundation, and the

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAO).

Acupuncture has many uses including helping with insomnia. These uses include helping with pain, disease, carpal tunnel, allergies, back pain, neck pain and many other medical and health issues.

There is nothing to fear about acupuncture or acupressure, it has been well researched over the years and used or centuries. It is certainly better than taking prescription pills.

Useful links:

* Insomnia Treatment & Management

* Watch the video: Insomnia Acupressure Treatments

*9 acupressure points for a good night's sleep


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