acupoints

1. youngquan


step 1.

The yongquan is located at the exact center of the bottom of each foot. Starting with your left foot, massage this point as deeply as comfortable using your thumb or even a tennis ball—anything you have on hand.

If you have breast cancer, you should also apply moxibustion to this point for added benefit. To do this, you'll need a moxibustion, or "moxa," stick, which is a stick of tightly rolled dried herbs wrapped in paper (available at most health-food or Asian food stores). Light one moxa stick until it starts smoking. It will burn slowly.

step 2.

To apply moxibustion to the yongquan, place a thin slice of fresh ginger over the point and hold a lit moxibustion stick a few inches from foot so the heat (not the smoke) penetrates the ginger and drives its warming essence into this point. Hold for about five minutes on each foot.


2. guanyuan

The guanyuan point is on the meridian of the conception vessel. Massaging this point can also help relieve menstrual cramps, one of the body’s signals of a Liver function problem. This point is located the width of four fingers directly below the navel.

step 1.

Using your palm, massage this point gently by making five small circles in one direction, then five circles in the other direction.

Repeat for three to five minutes.

step 2.

If you have breast cancer, place a slice of ginger over this point and apply heat from a moxibustion stick for about five minutes.


3. zhongwan


The zhongwan is the entire area from under your breastbone to above your navel. Massaging this area can help strengthen your digestive system and relieve nausea and lack of appetite caused by chemotherapy.

Step 1.

Massage this area gently by placing one hand on top of the other and slowly making five circles. five more circles.

Step 2.

Reverse direction and make five more circles.

Repeat this routine for about five minutes.


4. dabao


The dabao is on the meridian of the spleen. Its clinical name is SP-21. Massaging this point can strengthen the digestive system and relieve the side effects of chemotherapy.

Step 1.

The dabao is a full hand's width under the armpit on the side of the rib cage.

Step 2.

Use your palm to massage this point slowly and gently for about five minutes, starting with your left side.


5. hegu



The hegu is on the meridian of the large intestine. Massaging this area stimulates the energy of the stomach, large intestine, and lung.

Step 1.

The hegu is located on the back of each hand where the bones of the thumb and index finger meet.

Step 2.

Continue massaging down the side of the index-finger bone, toward the first knuckle.


6. taichong



The taichong is on the meridian of the liver.

Step 1.

The taichong is on the top of each foot in the crook where the big toe bone meets the second toe bone (analogous to the hegu on the hand).

Step 2.

Massage this point with your thumb as deeply as is comfortable, starting with the left side, for about five minutes.

Step 3.

Continue along the second toe until you reach the tip. You may feel some pain; this means you are in the right spot and are unblocking stagnation in your liver meridian.


7. jianjing



The jianjing is on the meridian of the gall bladder. Its clinical name is GB-21.

Step 1.

The jianjing is located on top of each shoulder, exactly halfway between the neck and the shoulder bone.

Step 2.

Use your fingers to massage this point as deeply as is comfortable, starting with your left shoulder.
Be sure to massage both sides.