Acupressure - General Application

It is helpful to learn some key points commonly used by acupuncturists and acupressure practitioners. Key points are usually combined with assistant points to increase effectiveness. These key points are quite sufficient in covering most areas of the body.

Location
Name & Diagram
Function
Make a fist, on the back side, at the end of the web between the small and ring fingers.

SJ:2 (Yemen)
Acupressure

Sore throat dry mouth
arm pain
throat problems

On vertical mid-line of face, directly B.E.B.
Between-the-eyebrows (B.E.B.)
Acupressure
Frontal headaches nose congestion
1 body-inch behind the end of the eyebrow and the corner of the eye
Sun-Point
Acupressure
headaches tension
The two depressions behind the neck, below the mastoid.

GB:20 (Fengchi = "pool of wind")
Acupressure

neck discomfort
headaches
increases concentration
insomnia
tension
Place the left hand on the right shoulder naturally; the middle finger is on GB:21.
GB:21 (Jianjing = "shoulder well")
Acupressure
headaches
shoulder discomfort
tension
On the dorsal surface of the hand on the angle of the first two metacarpals.
CO:4 (Hegu = "narrow valley")
Acupressure

headaches
toothaches
facial and mouth discomfort
shoulder pain
tension

At the extremity of the flexure of the elbow.
CO:11 (Quchi = "winding pond")
Acupressure
elbow discomfort
shoulder pain
neck stiffness
On the palmer side of the arm, 2 finger widths (index and middle fingers), from the wrist line.
HG:6 (Neiguan = "internal gate")
Acupressure
chest discomfort
gastric pain
nausea
vomiting
insomnia
tension
On the dorsal surface of the hand, between the 4th and 5th metacarpals.
SJ:3 (Zhongzhu)
Acupressure
ear discomfort
shoulder pain
neck stiffness
ringing in ear
Raise your arm horizontally; CO:15 is the depression on the shoulder.
CO:15 (Jianyu = "edge of shoulder")
Acupressure
shoulder discomfort and arthritis
3 body-inches below the lower edge of the knee cap.
ST:36 (Zusanli = "the 3 miles"; longevity point)
Acupressure
increases energy
gastric discomfort
knee & leg pain
constipation tension
Below the lateral condyles of the fibula.
GB:34 (Yanglingquan; joint control point)
Acupressure
rib pain lower
leg pain
knee discomfort
joint discomfort

3 body-inches above the medial malleolus, behind the tibia.

*Pregnant women should avoid using this point!

SP:6 (Sanyinjiao = "the 3 meridian intersection")
Acupressure
increases energy
menstrual cramps
abdominal discomfort
leg cramps
On the dorsal surface of the foot, in the angle between the 1st and 2nd metatarsal bones.
LV: 3 (Taichong = "the biggest river")
Acupressure

relaxation (always combine with CO:4)
foot pain
insomnia
tension
restlessness