Acupressure is a holistic approach to treating a variety of conditions and diseases. It involves putting pressure on specific points of the body to improve the flow of energy and fluids in it. Its practitioners believe that as circulation increases, muscles relax, nutrients flow freely throughout the body and toxins are eliminated. Although acupressure should never be used to replace medical prescription treatments, it can be used in combination with traditional therapy.
Below the navel
Two fingers below the navel and just above the pubic bone is an acupuncture point called the Energy Sea. This reduces abdominal swelling and pain associated with constipation, gas and pain in the abdominal muscles. It also helps strengthen the immune system.
The inner shin bone is one palm above the inside of the ankle near the back of the tibia. Although it reduces water retention and swelling, it should not be stimulated during pregnancy.
Arch of Foot
The Burning Valley is an acupressure point in the center of the arch of the foot halfway between the outer tip of the big toe and the back of the heel. The application of pressure at this point relieves edema, especially foot swelling.
Inside the ankle bone
The inside of the ankle has an acupuncture point called the lit sea. Located below the inside of the ankle bone, it relieves water retention in the ankles that can cause painful swelling.
Below the knee
The shaded side of the Mountain is an acupuncture point on the inside of the leg just below the knee. The application of pressure here relieves the pain associated with strained legs, swollen knees, pain and cramping.