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Acupressure for Pain Relief

The Secret to Healing Is in Your Hands

Toothache, vertigo, hip soreness
Use Acupoint #4, located in the depression behind your outer ankle bone
General backache
Use Acupoint #9, between the two ligaments on the back of your knee, on the crease
Use Acupoint #13, located one palm width below your navel
Shoulder pain
Use Acupoint #14, on the crease of the inside of your elbow on the thumb side when your palm is facing upward.
Headaches at the base of the skull
Use Acupoint #16, located between the two most prominent bones at the top of your spine
General headache
Use Acupoint #26, on the side of the nostril, where people commonly have a nose piercing
To try acupressure, first find a quiet and peaceful place to relax.  Apply deep pressure to the point with either a finger tip, a knuckle, or a pencil eraser for 15 to 30 seconds, and then repeat on the other side of the body.  There are over 30 different acupressure points on the body, and finding the exact location of each one takes practice and persistence.  You’ll know you found the correct location when you feel a sharp twinge, followed by a tingling sensation.  Many practitioners of acupressure say that, when done correctly, you will feel immediate relief from your symptoms. A free, at-home treatment that provides relief like that might be worth a shot!
Acupressure is generally considered safe, although people with cancer, arthritis, heart disease, varicose veins and pregnant women should talk with their doctor before trying acupressure at home or at any other facility. For optimal safety and effectiveness, ensure that your acupressure practitioner is licensed and certified.
If you are having severe or persistent symptoms, call your doctor.  Only use acupressure as a supplement to professional medical care, not as a substitute for it.
WebMD. "Acupressure Points and Massage Treatment." Accessed February 13, 2013.

Weil, Andrew, M.D. “Wellness Therapies: Acupressure.” Accessed February 13, 2013.
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