How Does Acupressure Work?
Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or special devices to apply pressure to acupoints on the body’s meridians. Sometimes, acupressure also involves stretching or acupressure massage, as well as other methods.
During an acupressure session, you lie fully clothed on a soft massage table. The practitioner gently presses on acupressure points on your body. A session typically lasts about one hour. You may need several sessions for the best results.
The goal of acupressure or other types of Asian bodywork is to restore health and balance to the body’s channels of energy and to regulate opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Some proponents claim acupressure not only treats the energy fields and body but also the mind, emotions, and spirit. Some even believe that therapists can transmit the vital energy (external qi) to another person.
How to Find ZuSanLi (ST36) Acupressure Point Quickly and Accurately ?
Location description of ZuSanLi (ST36) acupressure point above is based on more medical term. In clinic, acupuncture doctors normally use bone measurement method and inherited way to find it quickly.
Using patient’s finger as measurement. Find the bulging bone under the knee (highest point). One thumb finger below the highest bone point, then one index finger width towards outside of the leg. This is the spot for ZuSanLi.
You can watch Dr. Wei Yuan, an acupuncturist at TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Works, demonstrating how to locate the Zusanli point on your knee in this video.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MASSAGE THIS POINT ON YOUR KNEE
According to Dr. Michael Reed Gach, author of Acupressure’s Potent Points, acupressure is beneficial because it releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain, and develops spirituality and vibrant health.
Specifically, touching the Zusanli point on your knee helps with patients who are experiencing digestive system problems such as:
- Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Abdominal pain
In addition to helping with digestive issues, an acupressure specialist might use the Zusanli spot on the knee to treat these conditions:
- Immunity problems or chronic illness
- Low metabolism
- Poor appetite
- Breast problems
- Lower leg pain
- Breathing problems such as asthma
- Menstrual cramps and PMS
- Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ or jaw)
- Psychological disorders, for example depression or anxiety
As you can see from the extensive list of ailments, touching this specific point on your knee can benefit several bodily functions. The use of touch on the Zusanli point is also reported to be good for overall health and well-being.