You are relaxing under the sun after your acupressure session. You feel relaxed mentally and physically because you know that you are slowly moving toward the best shape of your life, and all you have to do is press a few points once a day.
This sounds like a dream, However, Acupressure with its numerous health benefit may make this soon possible. Not only it helps in relieving stress, it is also touted as a weight loss remedy.
Acupressure and acupuncture both originated in China. Acupuncture is considered to be discovered by the Chinese emperor Huangdi in 2500 BC.
Acupressure, on the other hand, has been practiced even before acupuncture and may date back to 2000 B.C.
In acupressure (a practice in traditional Chinese medicine), manual pressure is applied to specific points on the body using fingers, palm, elbow, feet, etc to improve the flow of qi or chi.
Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine believe that an energy flow called qi or chi follows via pathways known as meridians through the body, which are responsible for overall health and well-being.
Disruption of the energy flow through these meridians can cause various diseases. Through acupressure, you can improve the flow of qi and therefore, health.
Several studies show that acupressure can help with ailments like headaches, nausea, chronic pain, and mood disorder.
In this article, we are going to go through the acupressure point that supposedly assists in weight loss and discover whether acupressure can help you in weight loss or not:
4 Acupressure Points to Press For Weight Loss
The right way to press the acupressure points: The proper technique involves finding the pressure point, pressing the point gently with your thumb, and then applying pressure in a circular motion while pressing down.
Here are the 4 Acupressure points to press for weight loss:
It is believed by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine that Zusanli influences the organs of the upper abdomen and the parasympathetic nervous system (controls digestion).
The point is located on the front of the leg roughly, 3 inches below the knee.
2. Zhongwan (CV12)
Zhongwan is believed to influence the upper abdomen organs. This point is located around four inches above the navel.
(Acupressure is considered safe generally, however, it should not be used as a first-line treatment for any condition. Moreover, If you are pregnant or have a medical condition related to muscle issues, you should consult your physician before using acupressure.)
Renzhong is believed to influence weight, especially obesity. This point is located on the philtrum, between the upper lip and the nose.
Sanyinjiao is believed to influence the parasympathetic nervous system and the organs of the lower abdomen. This point is located approximately 3 inches above the inner ankle bone.
Even if you can’t remember the name, it’s fine as long as you can find these points. Even I only managed to remember ‘San’ of Sanyinjiao.
Can Acupressure Really Help Me in Weight Loss?
Acupressure has been practiced for thousands of years for several ailments.
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe that weight gain is due to energy imbalance within the body. And since acupressure can help restore energy balance, it is believed that it can also help reduce overall weight.
Recent studies have found that acupressure points can influence digestion, metabolism, help in stress reduction, however, further research is needed to make a solid conclusion about its effect on weight.
If you are interested in trying something unique as a complement to your weight loss routine, trying it won’t be a bad bet; At the very least, it will help you feel relaxed.
(Have a medical condition related to muscle issues? Consult your healthcare provider before trying acupressure.)
To fully exploit the potential of acupressure, you can also use acupressure products like foam mats, electric massage pillows, etc, available in the market.
Acupressure and acupuncture really bring weight loss down to just pushing a few points. However, You should see acupressure, more or less a compliment to your existing routine, not the ultimate way to lose weight.
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