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Most Common Acupressure Point for Pain

By goddessbody · September 18, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Hegu (Large Intestine 4) is an acupoint in the webbing between the thumb and index fingers. It is considered one of the most commonly used acupoints and with good reason. LI-4 has a wide range of uses, particularly pain relief all over the body. Here are some conditions this acupoint is known to treat:  abdominal pain, headaches, hay fever, allergies, itchy eyes, constipation, stiffness of the arm and shoulder, addictions, and panic attacks.

It is also a point used for gynecological conditions such as PMS, delayed or irregular periods or no periods. This point is a FORBIDDEN point, meaning it should NOT be used during pregnancy. It is known to trigger uterine contractions. If you are trying to get pregnant, do not use this point after ovulation. However, before ovulation it calms the uterus, moving stuck energy and calming the mind which is helpful in balancing the reproductive system in cases of infertility. I don't personally recommend using this point for the pain of dysmenorrhea (pain during period) - it can trigger uterine contractions that may worsen the pain.

To use this point, simply massage between the webbing for a minute, gently pulling your thumb from the webbing to the end of the crease (see photo). You may find this point is a little tender. Remember, since acupressure is an energy system, you don't need to use much pressure to access these points.

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Tagged with: Acupressure, infertility, pain relief, pms
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Great tip!!

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My husband showed me how to use this technique when I was having a lot of panic attacks. I had always thought it was working because it was taking my mind off the panic, but I see it really has some merit! (And yes, it did work, eventually, or maybe I just calmed down on my own ... who knows?)

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Hmm, I study Physiology and when I hear/ read things like "balancing the reproductive system" My radar goes off. Our body maintains balance by homeostasis. When homeostasis does not function correctly, either due to genetics or environmental factors, illness develops. There is a huge variety of causes that could cause infertility to occur. Any claim that messaging a spot on your hand could fix all these hundreds of potential issues? Prove to me it could help one and I would be amazed!
Sorry for the rant, I just take healthcare seriously and I hate hearing unfounded health claims.

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