If you've been curious to give acupuncture a go, we're happy to report that you can still get some of its blissful benefits right this moment from the comfort of your own home. Acupressure is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that's done by applying direct pressure to specific points in the body. With it, you can get similar benefits as you would with acupuncture for anything from pain, anxiety and immune support, to headaches, menstrual cramps and even nausea. Plus, it can be an easy tool when looking to support your fertility and reproductive health.
To break it down, we consulted with Perelel Panel expert, Samantha Manka-Segal, LaC, Acupuncturist & Herbalist, Founder of AQU Wellness. She shares everything you need to know about acupressure and four pressure points you can try to support your health today. Read on below.
What Is Acupressure
The Benefits of Acupressure
Acupressure for Fertility
4 Acupressure Points You Can Try at Home
"Depending on what is going on specifically with your body, certain points can be used to help promote healing and harmonize those imbalances."
Here are a few points that can benefit the reproductive system that can be activated at home by applying pressure for one to two minutes.
1. If Ease Digestion + Support Hormonal Balance
The Point: Spleen 6
Location: The inner leg about four fingers above the medial malleolus (the small prominent bone on the inner side of the ankle at the end of the tibia).
Note: This point should not be used if you are actively trying to conceive or might be pregnant.
2. If You Want to Support Your Fertility
The Point: Ren 3
Location: Found on the lower abdomen midline, about a hands-widths length below the belly button.
Note: This point should not be stimulated with strong pressure if you might be pregnant.
3. If You Want to De-Stress and Ease PMS
Location: Found on the top of the foot in between the first and second toe.
4. If You Want to Regulate Your Menstrual Cycle
Location: About four fingers width below the belly button, and half your thumb's width to the lateral side of the midline.
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