One Point Healing - Acupressure Point Li 4
Acupressure Point LI 4 is called Union Valley, (Hegu/ He Gu in Chinese) and is referred as a channel of energy associated with the large intestine. I personally apply acupressure on this point two times daily to get relief from pain or aches and easy bowel movement. It also helps in many other ailments. For any kind of discomfort and pain, acupressure therapy is suggested alongwith Li 4 point because it helps in getting relief from pain or aches.
Benefits and uses of acupoint Li 4:
One of the keys to maintaining wellness is regular bowel movements. Diet, stress and other factors can often interfere with the body’s natural elimination. According to the theory of Acupressure, this important source point helps re-establish the energy balance of the meridian.
Application of thumb pressure on LI 4 has been shown to help alleviate constipation and has also been beneficial for some in helping to relieve headaches.
Large intestine 4, is the best acupressure point for headaches. It is especially helpful for sinus headaches and headaches that are centered in the forehead.
Acupressure works by relieving imbalances in the acupuncture channels on the body. Because the large intestine channel goes from the hands to the face, LI 4 can be used for diseases of the head and face including headaches, toothaches etc. One of the easiest, and less attention drawing pressure points for migraine relief is the Li 4 point.
The Four Gates is a popular acu-point combination used for many conditions as it is able to relieve Qi stagnation anywhere in the body. The Four Gates are acupressure points LV 3 and LI 4.
Point location: AcupressurePoint LI 4 is located in the webbing between the thumb and index finger (fleshy part)between the thumb and forefinger.. The bones of the thumb and index finger form a v-shape at the base of this webbing.
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.
How to apply acupressure?
Begin by moving your thumb in a small circular rubbing motion over LI 4 for a few seconds. Then you can apply gentle to moderate thumb pressure depending on how sensitive the area feels. If there is any pain, it should be a “good hurt,” not severe or uncomfortable. You can hold the point as long as you are comfortable, up to several minutes.
Often with a headache, the muscle will feel distended. Massage in gentle circles and press until the muscle releases. With practice, you can feel that the muscle will release under your fingers. Rub for 30 seconds to two minutes. Acupressure works quite fast, usually withing a minute or two, to soothe headaches. If the headache comes back, repeat the massage.
For migraine relief make use of this pressure point, use the thumb of the opposite hand to apply pressure to the point, pressing hard enough to feel like you are “touching a nerve”. Make small circular motions with the pressing thumb, for about 30 seconds, then repeat for the other hand.
Li 4 is best used for tension and sinus headaches located on the forehead or over the sinuses. It can also be used for sinus and nasal congestion, toothache, and the common cold. If you have chronic headaches, then the imbalance is deeper and you will probably require acupuncture treatment.
Caution: Pregnant women should not hold or apply pressure to LI 4 until they have gone into labor. Also you should note that forceful rubbing can lead to a minor bruise.
Remember: This acupressure information is not a substitution for qualified medical advice. If you don't know what is causing the pain or other symptom, consult a medical doctor before you start treating yourself.
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