Point 1 for Anxiety?

I was wondering if this the same point that is used for motion sickness relief? I have acupressure wrist bands that target this same point, at least it looks about the same? If so, would wearing the bands daily help with stress & anxiety relief, since you are putting constant pressure on the points??

Thanks, Dan

Matthew's reply Hi Dan, yes it's the same point that is used with those acupressure wrist bands. It is a very commonly used point in Chinese acupressure and acupuncture for not only anxiety and stress but also to calm the stomach in cases of nausea and vomiting due to such things as motion sickness, overeating and over drinking.

If you have anxiety and stress daily pressure on the point (on both wrists) may well help you - either pressure from your fingers or the wrist band.

However, it's best to after a week or so to stop for a couple of days as the points tens to become accustomed to the pressure which may result in a lesser effect.

Also, that point you mention is just one that may be used for anxiety and stress - there are many others and also some excellent breathing techniques. The program Acupressure and Breathing Exercises for Anxiety is a more comprehensive way to tackle anxiety, stress and other emotional disorders.

Any further questions about acupressure points for anxiety or stress or about the program just let me know.

All the best,

Matthew

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Acupressure Points, Which Direction to Massage?

by Ceca
(Croatia, Zagreb)

In which direction I should massage acupressure point for anxiety and depression? Clockwise or counter-clockwise?

Matthew's reply: Hi Ceca, generally you would massage and rub the points in a clockwise direction to reinforce the point, but simply pressing a point can reinforce it too. Massaging in a counter-clockwise direction will reduce the point.

As for which points should be reinforced and which ones reduced for anxiety and depression depends on a number of factors, and it will not necessarily be the same for each person as we are all unique. In my experience with acupressure the main thing is to make sure you find the exact location of each point, and not necessarily how you massage it. Same with acupuncture - locating the exact point is essential.

Generally, though, for anxiety you would press and rub acupressure points in a clockwise direction (or just press them). For depression, the liver is often involved and points related to this may be rubbed in a counter-clockwise direction, but not always.

The program Acupressure and Breathing Exercises for Anxiety shows you on video how to use acupressure, breathing exercises and other techniques to stop anxiety and other emotional problems.

Any questions about acupressure for anxiety and depression or about the program just post below.

All the best,

Matthew

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