One Point Healing - Acupressure Point Sp 6
Acupressure point Spleen 6 is one of the most commonly used healing points and one of the most versatile. Spleen 6 or Sp 6 is also called Three Yin Intersections. Three Yin Intersection reflective of it being a meeting point of the three yin channels of the leg (Spleen, Liver and Kidney). 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.
Location: On the inside of the lower leg, one hand width (four fingers) above the tip of the ankle bone, on the back of the shin bone. As with all acupressure points except the ones that run down the center of your body, this point is bilateral, which means it’s found on both legs.
Benefits and usef of acupressure point Sp 6:
As it is mentioned above that this acupoints helps in the treatment of any digestive, gynecological & emotional condition.
This point can help address reproductive disorders, including menstrual cycle irregularity, scanty and delayed periods, pre-menstrual discomfort, and menstruation pain. This point has been shown to decrease pain during labour, to reduce pain of menstrual cramps, and to reduce the effects of menopausal syndrome. It is used with gentle stimulation to help ripen the cervix in the last few weeks of pregnancy, and it is used with more intense stimulation to induce labour and reduce menstrual pain.
Helpful also for digestive problems and pain, diarrhoea, good for debility, nervous exhaustion, restlessness accompanied with fatigue. Since it’s on the leg, it can be used for pain in the lower leg and ankle. It is also helpful in treating diabetes. This healing point is also used to get relief from migraine.
Warning: Do not use during pregnancy and heavy and frequent periods
How to apply pressure on this acupoint?
To hold: There are several ways you can do this. It’s important that you are comfortable in your shoulders, arm and hand, and also your legs, so experiment with different ways to hold the point to see what is most comfortable.
You can take the thumb of one hand, and gently hold the point on the opposite leg, as in the photo above (right hand thumb holding left leg). Sitting in a chair, you can put one foot flat on the floor and cross the other leg with the shin over your knee, so you can reach the point easily.
Lying on the floor or your bed, you can take the same position as if you were on a chair, with one foot flat on the floor, and the other leg crossed over so you can reach the point with the opposite hand.
To try it sitting on the floor, on a bed or a couch, bend your knees and bring your feet toward each other so your legs form a diamond or omega shape. Using the same hand as the leg, hold one point or both hands; one hand on each leg. Depending on your flexibility, this may or may not be easy and comfortable. Try putting a bolster or cushion under you knees for support.
Experiment to see what is most comfortable, and what is reasonable based on where you find yourself.
Procedure: Pressure and intention can be used to stimulate this point using a slight clockwise circular motion for 3 minutes on each leg daily for 8-12 weeks. Spleen 6 can be a very sensitive point, and may be tender even with just a light touch, especially for women pre- and during menstruation. Just rest your finger on the point, there’s no need to apply pressure. If it’s too tender, release gently.
Some women feel immediate relief from pain and discomfort when they hold this point. You can start out by holding for 15 to 30 seconds, if that feels comfortable. If you are dealing with a chronic issue, daily holding of this point can be helpful. Hold the point longer every day or so until you work up to one minute. Repeat a couple of times on each leg.
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