Acupressure for Reducing Swelling
Acupressure is a holistic approach to treating a variety of conditions and diseases. It involves placing pressure on specific points on the body to improve the flow of energy and fluids throughout the body. As circulation increases, muscles relax, nutrients flow freely throughout the body and toxins are removed, practitioners believe. While acupressure should never be used in place of medically prescribed treatments, it can be used in combination with traditional therapy.
Below Belly Button
Two finger widths below the belly button and just above the pubic bone is an acupressure point called the Sea of Energy. It reduces abdominal swelling and pain associated with constipation, gas and sore abdominal muscles. It also helps strengthen the immune system.
The inner shinbone, also known as the Three Yin Crossing, is a palm-width above the inner ankle close to the back of the shinbone. Although it reduces water retention and swelling, it should not be stimulated during pregnancy.
Arch of the Foot
The Blazing Valley is an acupressure point in the middle of the arch of the foot halfway between the outer tip of the big toe and the back of the heel. Applying pressure to this point relieves edema, particularly swollen feet.
Inside of Anklebone
The inner ankle has an acupressure point called Illuminated Sea. Located one thumb-width below the inside of the anklebone, it relieves water retention in the ankles that can cause painful swelling.
Inside Leg Below Knee
Shady Side of the Mountain is an acupressure point on the inner leg just below the knee. Applying pressure here relieves pain associated with tense legs, swollen and sore knees and leg cramps.
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