Updated: Jan 11, 2018
Acupressure (from Latin acus "needle" + pressure) is an alternative medicine technique similar in principle to acupuncture. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through "meridians" in the body. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices.
Acupressure point P6 or Pericardium 6 is a well-known point and is called the Inner Gate point, and it is located in the central point of the inner side of the forearm, two and half finger widths from the wrist crease. This is one of the effective acupressure points for sleep that relieves insomnia and reduces anxiety, indigestion, and palpitations – some of the common problems that hinder sleep.
It is cited in many research studies that the stimulation of Nei Guan alleviates nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and also helps prevent post-operative nausea and vomiting. The Journal of Autonomic Neuroscience also published an article that showed P6 and Zu San Li have a combined, synergistic effect on gastrointestinal motility. In another study, Nei Guan has also been shown to help alleviate intractable hiccups.
This point is also beneficial for treating chest congestion, dizziness, asthma, cough, and irritability. This point can be stimulated by placing the right thumb on the inner side of the left wrist and pressing the point firmly for one minute and then pressing the point on the other hand.
For best effect this should be used right before bed time, or if you wake up during the night you you can use it to get you back to sleep.
Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London. She would be happy to help personalise a treatment plan for your condition, to read more about Eca click here.