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How to Use Acupressure to Stop Smoking

There is little doubt about the negative effect addiction to nicotine has on your health. BioMed reports that cigarettes are the biggest preventable cause of death and disease in many countries. The principles of acupressure state pressure applied to acupoints around the body promote the flow of energy and restore an imbalance. Acupressure is not a substitute for medical care but a routine designed to engage the body’s natural healing abilities. The Stanford School of Medicine website hosts an article that recommends five prime acupoints to reduce cravings for nicotine and aid in a plan to quit smoking.

  1. Set up a relaxing atmosphere to practice acupressure. Position yourself comfortably away from any distractions in the house.

  2. Locate the first point on your body, Acupoint 5. With your foot flat on the floor, place the opposite palm across the front of your ankle, just above your foot. Slide your hand inward slightly toward your big toe and feel for the large bump that marks your anklebone. Rest the bottom edge of your palm on the top edge of this bump. Place one fingertip from the free hand at the top edge of the flat palm and feel for a slight depression in the area. Press that spot for 15 to 30 seconds and release. Repeat the process on the other leg.

  3. Move to the second point, Acupoint 6. In a sitting position, place the palm of your hand along the bottom edge of your kneecap. Slide your hand outward, away from the other leg, until it is off center. Place one finger at the bottom edge of your palm, the side facing the floor. Rock your finger outward toward the little toe side and move it back to the original position. This allows you to feel the large muscle in that area. Move your finger inward toward the big toe side to feel the bone. Aim for the depression between the bone and muscle. Press the spot for 15 to 30 seconds and release, then repeat the process on the other leg.

  4. Lay two fingers on your wrist, lining the top finger with the bottom of your palm. Bend your hand inward and note the crease created in the skin of the wrist. Slide your fingers down so the top edge nearest your hand rests parallel to that crease. Move the thumb of the marking hand up along the edge of the bottom finger. Feel for the depression between the tendons and bone. Press this spot for 15 to 30 seconds. Release the point and repeat on the opposite wrist. This is Acupoint 2.

  5. Slide your fingers to the crease on the inside of your elbow. Move to the thumb side of the crease and press Acupoint 14 with your finger. This is the area just beyond the center but before the edge of the arm on the thumb side. Apply pressure for 15 to 30 seconds and release. Repeat the acupressure on the other arm.

  6. Position one finger between your nipples in the center of your chest and slide the finger downward toward your feet until it falls into a depression. This spot marks the end of the breastbone or sternum and is Acupoint 35. Press this spot for 15 to 30 seconds.

    Tip

    Repeat this routine around the same time every day. Consistency is important.

    Pressure should not cause pain. If you feel pain, you are pushing too hard. Press until you feel stimulation but not pain. Use the pointer finger, a knuckle or the eraser end of a pencil to apply pressure.

    Acupressure may work as a tool to quit smoking but should not be the only method employed. Ask your doctor for help in designing a broad plan to stop smoking and improve your overall health.

    Warning

    Do not rely on acupressure to replace emergency medical attention. If you are ill or in pain, seek medical help.

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About the Author

Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.

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