A Comprehensive Guide to Grounding Acupressure

An Overview

 

Acupressure is a safe, alternative approach to acupuncture therapy which involves needles pressing the meridian points. Acupressure can be performed by yourself very conveniently and easily with quality acupressure devices from the comfort of your home. 

However, grounding, also known as earthing, is a therapeutic technique that involves activities which ground or electrically reconnect you to the earth.

With its easy and conversational style, along with photos, you will discover how to treat your ailments naturally while living a pain-free, vibrant lifestyle. 

Combining grounding and acupressure has benefits that exceed simple grounding or simple acupressure.

 

What is Grounding? 

 

Grounding or Earthing refers better sleep and reduced pain resulting from walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems that transfer the Earth’s electrons from the ground into the body.. You can ground yourself with grounding mats and patches while sitting or sleeping.

 

What is Acupressure?

 

Acupressure is performed using fingers or acupressure probes to gradually press onto critical points around the body for pain relief and muscle relaxation. It is used on trigger points within muscles and soft tissue as a safe alternative to acupuncture.

 

History of Acupressure 

 

Acupressure is a form of touch therapy that uses the principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. It is believed to have originated in China more than 5,000 years ago. Acupressure continued to be developed and explained in writing over the centuries. As a result, it gradually became one of the standard therapies used in China alongside massage, diet, herbs and moxibustion (heat). 

This bronze statue from the 15th century shows the acupressure points in use today. It was used for teaching and examination purposes (reproduced from an outline of Chinese acupressure published by Foreign Language Press, Perking 1975).

Acupressure is based on the theories of Qi (Chi), which means to breathe. But figuratively, it refers to a life force or energetic flow within every living thing. The force moves through energized lines or meridians in the body, which can become blocked. The theory is well-tested and demonstrated over time. Even if you do not know much about Eastern philosophies, think of Qi as the desire to find balance in your own body and life. 

 

Traditional vs Advanced Acupressure

 

Traditional Method of Acupressure 

 

In ancient times, needles made of bone and bamboo were used to provide instant relief from headaches, stress, anxiety and various other health issues. 

Acupressure finds its root in the principles of Chinese medicine; that the human body consists of invisible lines of energy flow called meridians, or ‘qi’. In addition, it states there are at least fourteen meridians that connect our organs to other parts of our body. These meridians begin at your fingertips and connect to the brain, which are connected to the organs rather than a network of organs, creating a channel of communication. 

Acupressure may have developed intuitively by treating injuries incurred through labor. However, in the age of hunter-gatherers, injuries, such as contusions, fractures and stains were common. Whenever they occurred, people instinctively applied pressure to stop bleeding and rubbed the afflicted areas to reduce swelling, as well as alleviate pain. 

 

Advanced method of acupressure

 

As the understanding of these techniques increased, people synthesized primitive acupressure methods which led to the acupressure techniques used today. 

Nowadays, acupressure tools are considered the safest way to use acupressure at home.  It has also been determined that microcurrent applied to meridian points can add additional stimulation.  Utilizing precision and simultaneous body acupressure probes to move micro current through meridian points is the safest, easiest and most effective manner.   It also allows for the user to experience all the other benefits of earthing at the same time.  When the earthed charge flows through the body, it may boost immunity and calm muscles, thereby helping to relieve various health issues. 

 

Earthing/Grounding

 

Earthing, also known as grounding, deliberately connects our physical bodies with the earth, touching our skin to sand, soil or water. 

A hundred years ago, people spent more time in contact with the earth, sleeping and walking on the ground, without blocking the transfer of electrons. 

As 21st century city dwellers, we have largely lost touch with this natural mechanism for getting back to neutral throughout the day, and while sleeping at night. Today, wearing shoes and walking around buildings prevents us from discharging the charge we have built up into the ground. 

 

Various earthing devices are available that may:

 

  1. Reduce chronic pain. 
  2. Improve sleep.
  3. Reduce inflammation.
  4. Boost energy.
  5. Ease muscle tension and headaches. 
  6. Regulate blood pressure and blood flow. 
  7. Lessen menstrual and hormonal symptoms.
  8. Reduce jetlag. 
  9. Protect our bodies from the adverse effects of EMFs. 
  10. Normalize biological rhythms, including circadian rhythm. 
  11. Speed up recovery and the healing process after wounds or injuries. 
  12. Reduce stress and increase calmness by lowering stress hormones. 

 

Is earthing ideal for people taking different medications?

 

Earthing likely makes the physiology function more efficient. This improvement has the potential to affect medication dosages. We know that earthing has blood-thinning effects, improves thyroid functions, blood pressure and blood sugar levels so medication dosages may need to be closely monitored, and possibly adjusted. Furthermore, we strongly recommend you take advice from your doctor. 

 

How does acupressure work? 

 

Acupressure works by placing pressure with body acupressure probes on specific points on the body to release qi. There are different techniques, including disperse, tonify and calm. Weak qi would require tonifying, blocked qi would be dispersed, and overactive qi would be calmed. 

The pressure is held for several seconds to minutes and may be applied in circular movements, pushing the acupoint in and out, or a combination of both. 

Although the points manipulated may be sensitive, acupressure is not painful. According to your unique condition, treatment can be given every other day or a few times daily. 

 

What are the Common Body Parts Treated by Acupressure?

 

 

  1. Shoulder
  2. Neck
  3. Upper Back
  4. Lower Back
  5. Hand
  6. Calf

 

What are the Basic Principles of Acupressure?

 

Acupressure involves working with various types of finger or probe movements on different acupoints. It increases or disperses pressure at different points on the patient’s body throughout the session. It can be used by someone suffering from migraines, headaches, joint pain, body pain, anxiety, stiffness, stress and acidity, or other forms of digestive issues. 

 

What are the Common Acupressure Points?

 

In acupressure, the pressure points are powerfully sensitive parts of the body. By implementing pressure to our body’s acupressure points, it can establish balance, relieve pain and boost health throughout our body. 

 

1. Gallbladder 20 (GB20) Feng Chi

 

 

  • Feng Chi is recommended for headaches, eye blurriness, migraines, fatigue, low energy, as well as cold or flu symptoms.
  • The point is located where the base of the skull meets the top of the neck. 
  • To use acupressure here, locate the point and use a deep, firm pressure towards the skull and massage. 
  • Stimulate the area for 4-5 seconds. 
  • Put your open hands on either side of your head and touch your fingers together to form a cup shape. Then use your thumbs to massage the acupressure points. 

 

2. Gallbladder 21 (GB21): Jian Jing

 

  • Jian Jing is most commonly used for neck stiffness, pain, shoulder tension and headaches.
  • The point is located on the top of the shoulder, halfway between the tip of the shoulder and the spine. 
  • To use acupressure on this point, locate it and using your index finger, apply downward pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 4-5 seconds, then release your pinch. 
  • A precaution for this point is that it can induce labor. Therefore, it should not be done during pregnancy. 

 

3. Large Intestine 4 (LI4) He Gu

 

  • He Gu is commonly used for facial pain, stress, toothache, headaches and neck pain. 
  • The point is located between the base of your thumb and index finger. 
  • To use acupressure on this point, locate it and use deep, firm pressure to massage.
  • Stimulate the area for 4-5 seconds. 
  • It can induce labor. Therefore, it should never be used during pregnancy. 

 

4. Liver 3 (LV3): Tai Chong

 

  • Tai Chong is commonly used for stress, high blood pressure, lower back pain, menstrual cramps, anxiety, limb pain and insomnia.
  • The point is located on your finger of your toes above the place where the skin of your big toe and the next toe join. 
  • To use acupressure on this point, take your shoes off and locate. Then use deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 4-5 seconds. 
  • Studies have found that Tai Chong lowers blood pressure and plasma endothelin-1 levels for hypertension.

 

5. Pericardium 6 (P6): Nei Guan

 

  • Nei Guan is commonly used to help upset stomachs as well as relieve nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, motion sickness and headaches. 
  • The point is located a three-finger breadth below the wrist on the inner forearm, between the two tendons. 
  • To use acupressure to this point, use acupressure devices or turn your hands over with the palm is facing up to locate it. 
  • Apply downward pressure between the two tendons and massage the area for 4-5 seconds. 
  • The Journal of Autonomic Neuroscience shows it has a combined synergistic effect on gastrointestinal motility. 

 

6. Triple Energizer 3: Zhonh Zhu

 

  • Zhong Zhu is commonly used for shoulder and neck tension, temporal headaches and upper back pain. 
  • The point is located in the groove formed by the tendons of the 4th and 5th fingers, behind the knuckles. 
  • To use acupressure, locate the point in the groove and use deep, firm pressure to massage. 
  • Stimulate the area for 4-5 seconds. 
  • The stimulation of Zhong Zhu was shown in a functional MRI scan to excite the frontal and temporal lobes, along with the cerebellum and occipital lobes. 

 

7. Stomach 36 (ST36): Zu San Li

 

  • Zu San Li is usually used for gastrointestinal discomfort, vomiting, nausea, fatigue and stress. 
  • The point is located below your kneecap and the two bones in your lower legs. 
  • To use acupressure, apply downward pressure on the muscle and stimulate for 4-5 seconds. 
  • In traditional Chinese literature and practice, this point is stimulated for longevity and to enhance an individual’s health. 
  • Studies have found that it affects the limbic and para-limbic systems in your brain and may affect the body’s response to stress. 

 

8. Spleen 6 (SP6): San Yin Jiao

 

 

  • San Yin Jiao is commonly used for pelvic, urological disorders, insomnia and menstrual cramps. 
  • The point is located on the inside of your leg, just above your ankle. 
  • To use acupressure here, apply deep pressure slightly behind the bone and massage the area for 4-5 seconds. 
  • San Yin Jiao should not be done during pregnancy as it can induce labor. 
  • Studies have found that this acupressure point can alleviate pain and menstrual distress in young women with menstrual cramps. It also improves the general health of women. 

 

Acupressure Research & Studies

 

The human body contains many pressure points. Many people believe that pressing these points can affect other parts of the body and our overall health. 

 

How many people have benefited from acupressure on lower back pain (LBP)?

 

 

This work is supported by the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China

Here is the usage count of each acupoint selected for treatment:

The most frequently used acupoints are:

  • Weizhing (BL40)
  • Huantiao (GB30)
  • Chengshan (BL57)
  • Danchangshu (BL25)

 

Ashi points include:

 

  • Yanglingquan (GB34)
  • Kunlun (BL60)
  • Zhibiao (BL54)
  • Shenshu (BL23). 

 

Impact of acupressure on Dysmenorrhea 

 

Recent research has investigated the effect of acupressure on Dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation involving abdominal cramps). The study comprised sixty-nine women, divided into two groups. The first group received acupressure therapy targeting the San Yin Jiao point, while the other group rested and did not receive any acupressure treatment. 

The results showed that the participants who received San Yin Jiao acupressure during the initial session experienced reduced menstrual pain and anxiety levels. 

 

Impact of acupressure on chronic headaches

 

A controlled clinical trial for acupressure was conducted in a medical center in Southern Taiwan in 2003. 28 patients suffering from chronic headaches were randomly assigned to an acupressure group (n=14), also called the muscle relaxant medication group. 

The trigger points BL2, GV20, TH21, GB20 and GB5 were used most commonly for etiological assessment. In conclusion, the study suggests that one month of acupressure treatment is more effective in lessening chronic headaches than one month of muscle relaxation treatment. 

Moreover, the efficacy of acupressure in relieving pain remains for around six months after the treatment. 

 

Impact of acupressure on nausea 

 

A research study by Hyde sought to explore the effect of acupressure on pregnant women experiencing morning sickness. The test involved sixteen participants who were divided into two groups. 

The first group wore an acupressure wristband for five days and went for a further five days without wearing the bands. However, the second group did the opposite. 

At the end of the trial, 12 out of 16 participants reported relief from nausea and reduced levels of stress, anxiety, depression and behavioral dysfunction. 

 

What are the different tools used in grounding acupressure?

 

Aside from the fingers, there are various tools and devices that can be used to perform acupressure. 

  • Special magnets shaped into heads, to stars and bolts, are placed on different acupoints and secured with surgical tape. The magnets can be easily pressed to trigger the effect. 
  • Acupressure wristbands and bracelets are used to provide acupressure. When worn, the buttons on the wristbands and bracelets are positioned on the P6 (Nei Kuan) acupoint that helps relieve nausea and motion sickness. 
  • Acupressure hand rollers, mats, thumb pads, foot roller, and acupressure balls are sharp objects that can be easily used to enjoy a quick acupressure treatment. 

 

What are the highlights of the grounding acupressure probe?

 

With a quality grounding acupressure probe, you can stay home and use acupressure with one easy-to-use device. Here are some of the highlights of the grounding acupressure probe:

  1. Appropriate for all levels – beginners through to professionals.
  2. Safe and easy to use. 
  3. Works by moving energy from the earth to the body through the meridian points correlated to specific organs or systems. 
  4. Provides instant relief for a variety of ailments and conditions. 
  5. The product uses natural energy to apply precise pressure to excite the meridian points of grounding without electricity. 
  6. Delivers measurable, verifiable energy to target points throughout the body.
  7. Helps with immediate first aid.
  8. You do not have to see a doctor.
  9. It is relatively easy to learn. 
  10. You can perform it yourself without any help. 
  11. It provides a relief effect and supports healing without any medication.
  12. It strengthens your immune system as well as reduces stress, anxiety and tension. 

 

Which health issues can benefit from the grounding acupressure probe? 

 

  1. Muscle tension and pain. 
  2. Headaches. 
  3. Back and stomach pain relief. 
  4. Nausea or vomiting after surgery.
  5. Asthma, allergy and anxiety relief points.
  6. Tiredness, poisoning and migraines. 
  7. Menstrual cramps. 
  8. Morning sickness during pregnancy. 
  9. Stress management. 
  10. Motion sickness. 
  11. Weather changes and sniffles.
  12. Muscle spasms and nose bleed relief. 
  13. Breathing and vomiting-related discomfort. 
  14. Diabetic coma, hypertension and insect bite. 

 

How to use the grounding acupressure probe? 

 

Without any preparation or specific ability, you can use the grounding acupressure probe by following these steps:

  • Apply precise pressure to invigorate the grounding meridian points.
  • Move energy from the earth to the body, and the other way around, through focusing on meridian points for extra effect. 
  • Electrically ground the body to diminish the cells of stress. 

Furthermore, it is essential to know that no power is needed as the grounding acupressure probe utilizes the energy from the body and the earth. 

 

Are there any precautions with acupressure? 

 

Generally, acupressure is the safest way to improve the quality of our lives. However, if you have arthritis, cancer, heart disease, a chronic condition or if you are pregnant, it is essential to discuss with your doctor before trying any therapy that involves moving your muscles and joints. 

In addition, ensure your acupressure practitioner is licensed and certified. Consequently, if you are using a grounding acupressure probe, make sure you are purchasing it from a genuine provider. 

The grounding acupressure probe includes a magnet in the tip and therefore should not be used by anyone that may have adverse effects to magnets such as those with electrical implants.

 

Factors to consider before performing acupressure 

 

With every benefit that acupressure guarantees, the more meticulous the practitioner, the better.   According to several medical websites and other acupressure professionals, here are some words of caution:

  1. Acupressure should not be done over open wounds, varicose veins or any bruised or swollen area.
  2. Women should avoid using body acupressure probes on the breasts.
  3. Do not perform acupressure on the abdomen or certain points on the leg or lower back during pregnancy.
  4. If you are pregnant, it is better to speak to your healthcare provider before trying acupressure.
  5. Do not use acupressure tools for the treatment of chronic illness or long-standing disorders.
  6. Avoid using acupressure probes after a heavy meal, bathing in hot water or doing strenuous physical activity.
  7. Acupressure should never be painful. If you experience any pain, talk with a therapist immediately. 
  8. Do not perform acupressure within four hours of taking any medication, drugs, drink or medicinal herbs.
  9. After an acupressure session, some people can feel soreness or bruising on acupressure points. You may also feel temporarily lightheaded.
  10. Do not perform acupressure if you have a known cardiac condition, a disorder involving tissue change or degenerative condition, including cancer, tumor and cataracts.

 

Conclusion

 

Acupressure is an ancient technique practiced for hundreds of years. It is time to take responsibility for it; try to follow these guidelines and tips along with grounding acupressure probes for effective acupressure at home. It will help you understand the concept of acupressure and how to perform it accurately.