“I am convinced that acupuncture is going to be one of the greatest contributions that any group of people has made to the future of all medicine if it is handled correctly by the people of the Western world.” – Dr. W. Kenneth Riland, Personal Physician to former President Richard Nixon
When we hear ‘acupuncture’ we immediately think of needles. However, acupuncture is much more than that. It involves pressure and heat also for treating many kinds of pains. In fact, applying pressure to different points of your body can not only alleviate your body from pain, but also from stress and anxiety.
There is even a term about it that is called acupressure which involves pressing a specific point of the body to eliminate anxiety and stress from the person.
The point to which you should apply pressure if you want to remove stress and anxiety from your body is called CV 17. It is located almost at the center of the chest, that is 4 fingers north from the base of your breastbone.
Here’s how you can correctly locate this the point CV 17: Rub your fingertips up and down the center of your breastbone. You should feel a little indent in that area. When you found it, you are ready to move on to the healing process.
First, sit straight. Your spine should be straight and upright. You can use a chair with a straight back to being sure that your spine remains straight the whole time during the process.
Second, put your hands together with your fingers pointed upward.
Third, use the rear knuckles of your thumb and gently press your CV 17 point. Keep your eyes closed.
During the acupressure, it is vital to keep your back upright and straight. Also, you should keep your head upright but in a relaxed position. Focus on your breathing. Breathe deeply, filling your lungs fully with air.
Continue with this meditation for 2-3 minutes. This will relax and calm your mind. You could perform this exercise 2-3 times a day if it is necessary. You should only remember to focus on your deep breathing.
Finally, this exercise is also great for those dealing with depression, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, or PTSD.