Acupressure is a simple, easy way to help your child maintain a healthy immune and digestive system.
- Acupressure can be done while bathing, massaging, nursing or dressing the child for bed.
- Acupressure can be used at home or on the go to help with negative symptoms.
- Acupressure can be done one to three times a day on kids but should not be done for longer than 15 minutes.
- Gently massage the acupressure points in small circular motions.
- Don’t spend more than 30 seconds on any one pressure point.
Areas of Focus
Liver 3 (Tai Chong): It’s considered a one-stop healing point for many commons problems.
Location: On the fleshy webbing between the big toe and the second toe, on top of the foot.
Helps Treat: headaches, dizziness and vertigo, insomnia, congestion, eye pain and swelling, and depression.
In Eastern Medicine: It’s said to spread Liver qi (distention and pain along channel, PSM, sighing, moody depression); nourish Liver blood and Yin (cools blood, eyes and tendons); and sedate Liver Yang and extinguish wind (epilepsy and mouth deviation).
Large Intestine 4 (He Gu):
Location: In the fleshy webbing between the index finger and the thumb.
Helps Treat: neck pain, nasal obstruction, toothaches, sore throat, body aches, breathing problems, dizziness, cold, fever, and arm pain, abdominal pain, and constipation.
In Eastern Medicine: It disperses wind — regulating the skin surface for sweating or to stop sweating; liberates channel and connection vessels; relieves pain and calms spirit (antispasmodic); and clears lung heat.
Spleen 6 (San Yin Jiao):
Location: Three finger-widths above the inner ankle bone.
Helps Treat: digestive issues, skin disease, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, and lower-body pain.
In Eastern Medicine: It strengthens the spleen and transforms damp; spreads Liver qi (abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea); benefits the kidney; and supports and tonifies blood.
Stomach 36 (Zu San Li): Along with the different symptoms this location helps treat, it also improves immune function and overall body strength.
Location: Four finger-widths below the kneecap and one finger-width towards the outside of the shinbone.
Helps Treat: constipation, gastric pain, vomiting, hiccups, diarrhea, and leg pain.
In Eastern Medicine: It benefits the stomach and spleen (gastric pain, vomiting, diarrhea); harmonizes intestines and disperses stagnation (constipation and diarrhea); tonifies qi and blood (strengthens weak conditions — acute/chronic dizziness and fatigue); dispels pathogens and prevents diseases; and courses wind and transforms damp.