Touch is believed to be one of the oldest therapies in our history, along with prayer, herbs and fasting. When you have pain or stiffness in the arm, instinctively you rub or knead it. Consequently, if you have stomach ache, the first thing you do is rub it with your hand to make it feel better.
When I was a little kid, if I had a bad stomach ache, I would lie on my mother’s lap while she rubbed her hand around my stomach. The warmth from her hand would spread deep throughout my whole body and eventually I would fall asleep.
Human hands are the most developed and condensed region in the body, in terms of energy and nerve distribution. Popular acupuncture points are also located in the hands, and hand-acupuncture is well known for its clinical effectiveness and convenience to treat many health conditions.
So, in using your hands, you transfer your energy throughout, which can benefit both your body and mind.
In today’s society, we touch less, which can lead to the sense of lack of love, loving or being loved. People need more touch than ever, for the physical and mental benefits associated with it. This may be one reason that so many turn to massage therapy. If I ask you, “Why do you like massage?” what would your answer be?
Many studies and testimonials have claimed that massage helps to reduce stress, to calm the nerves, relieve pain, soreness and so on.
Below are some useful acupressure points for headaches, stomach aches, nasal congestion, and more.
- LI4 (Hegu) is located on the top of the hand, in the web between your thumb and index finger.
- Anatomical location: on the dorsum of the hand, between the first and second metacarpal bones, approximately in the middle of the second metacarpal bone on the radial side.
These are two of the most popular acupuncture points for many symptoms, including head ache, nasal congestion, toothache, sore throat, menstrual pain, delayed labors, and stomach pain.
Press and hold 3-5 seconds and release. Repeat for 10-15 minutes.