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How emotions affect the meridian system

In acupuncture theory there are sayings about the damaging effects of emotions:
Too much anger injures the Liver
Too much fear injures the Kidneys
Too much sadness injures the Lungs
Too much thinking/worrying injures the Spleen
Too much joy/excitement injures the Heart
Too much emotion injures the Heart
Keep in mind that in the context of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine the
names of the organs when capitalized are not the same as the organs we know from
western anatomy. Chinese "Kidneys" e.g. is the adrenals and endocrine system, "Bladder"
is the kidneys and urinal system, "Spleen" is the energy system located throughout the
body, "Liver" is partly the liver but also something throughout the body, "Lungs" is not
only lungs but also skin.
These injuries also have an effect in the other direction: an injured Liver causes anger,
injured Kidneys cause fear, etc. This is one of the reasons why it's so difficult to get rid of
your default reactions.

How to apply acupressure

What is acupressure?
Acupressure techniques: Pressing and reducing points
Feeling if it works
Using information from other sources ("cun")
What manipulation of points brings about
Why you shouldn't use needles
Using little balls and tape

What is acupressure?
Acupressure (sometimes written as "accupressure") is a technique related to acupuncture,
where the energies of the body are regulated by manipulating points on the body. This has
effects on the emotions, tension and physical conditions. The points are commonly called
"acupuncture points," "pressure points," "acupoints" or "acupressure points."

Acupressure techniques: Pressing and reducing points


There are two ways that acupressure points are manipulated: pressing (reinforcing) and
reducing them. Most are probably familiar with the first, but not with the second method.

To press points, use something blunt. Usually the fingers are


used to press, but I find that for many points the fingers may be a bit too thick, so you'd
have to press quite long and firmly. Ideal would be something 3 to 4 mm thick, like a
(preferably used) pencil eraser that's on the other side of a pencil. Some points can be
pressed using a fingernail.
Pressing points for less than half a second can already have a distinguishable effect. So
for just trying out a point you could press it only briefly. To get a full effect however,
pressure should be applied for at least half a minute, but preferably longer. One to two
minutes should do.

To reduce a point, turn a finger over it in counter-clockwise


direction, also for one to two minutes. (What happens when you do this is explained in
"What manipulation of points brings about.") Clicking on the picture of points that need
to be reduced displays a video showing how this is performed (clicking again stops the
video).
I think it's a good idea not to get into the habit of doing the same points every day. Do
them when you feel you need them, don't overdo it. Pay attention to what effects points
have on you. If you're weakened (from age, disease or whatever), be sure to not reduce
points more often then necessary. You could also additionally press these points for a few
seconds. Do a point on both sides of the body.

Feeling if it works
When you are not feeling any effects from pressing points, several things may be the
case.

You may not be pressing on the exact right spot (acupuncture points are about 0.5 mm
diameter, so you'll have to be precise). Try different spots around the location you first
tried.
You shouldn't press lightly, but you shouldn't hurt yourself either. Also, don't press for
just a few seconds (although if you're very sensitive you might already notice effects
then).
To feel if acupressure is working (for knowing that the location of the point is accurate), I
usually sense what's happening in my face. Almost all points in the list on this site have
some effect here. Many of the points also have some subtle effect on the quality of vision.
You may see more clearly and more colors. Meditation will develop your ability to feel
the effects.
If you're using a point quite often, or if you don't need a point, the effect may become
very little or unnoticable.
If you're tense, you may not feel much, although usually you'll become less tense by
using the techniques on this side.

Using information from other sources ("cun")


To be able to use information from other sources for locating points, you'll need to know
what the "cun" is.

The "cun" is the standard unit of measurement for the body used in
acupuncture. As everyone's body has different dimensions, it is defined according to the
person whose body is to be treated.
1 cun = width of the thumb, in the middle, at the crease
3 cun = combined breadth of the 4 fingers, at the level of the pinky finger's first joint
above the palm of the hand
12 cun = the distance from the elbow crease to the wrist crease.

What manipulation of points brings about


Acupuncture points can be manipulated in various ways. To keep things simple,
acupressure books usually just mention pressing the points.

If you've ever seen an acupuncturist you may have noticed that he will turn needles after
inserting them or do other manipulations. Acupuncturists also apply heat by burning stuff
called "moxa" or using a laser, or apply electric currents.
By simply pressing a point, you are reinforcing it. You, thereby, increase energy in areas
that the point influences. Reducing a point is actually not the opposite of reinforcing it.
By reducing, you remove a blockage of energy. A blockage may be felt as tension, pain or
heat. Energy acumulates there which starts moving again after removing the blockage. So
if you reduce a point after you reinforced it, you get reinforcement and removal of energy
blockage. They don't cancel each other out.
In acupressure, you can reduce a point by continually moving a finger counterclockwise
over it. An acupuncturist will turn his needle immediately after insertion.
It's also possible to apply heat to a point to warm it. This is an advanced technique that
may injure your energy system, so it's best to stay away from this.

Why you shouldn't use needles


As for using needles, I've tried that, but have been discouraged to continue using them by
both an acupuncturist and a healer. The acupuncturist thought it was dangerous because
you can damage tissue, and difficult as you can't access points that well yourself. You
may damage blood vessels, nerves, tendons or bone, which can all be quite painful. On
the breast or shoulders, you may puncture the lung.
On an energetic level, the fear that comes with using needles on yourself may damage the
First Chakra. This may worsen your problems.
Using needles as an amateur may not even be legal.
I found that I feel more clearly what's happening in my body from acupressure than from
acupuncture, whether administered by a licensed acupuncturist or by myself.

Using little balls and tape


I devised a safe and effective way to press acupuncture points for an extended period of
time. I use adhesive tape for use on skin to press ball-bearing balls on points. It doesn't
work with all points (e.g. it does not work well for ST-36, the point beneath the knees)
but for many it's quite good.

The metal balls I use are 4 mm diameter and I apply nylon


rings (also bought at a hardware store) on top of them to supply a larger surface to the
tape. The inside diameter of the nylon rings should be 3 mm. Perhaps you could also use
the more common metal rings, but for some indefinite reason I prefer the nylon variety.
The rings avoid bulging and thus press the ball a bit deeper into the skin.
Keeping the balls in place for 5 - 30 minutes should do. A similar method is sometimes
used for ear acupuncture. Little seeds are then taped to the ear.

Acupressure points index


Index to the acupressure points for emotional well-being.
Anger
GB-44 acupressure
LI-11 acupressure
LIV-2 acupressure
Assertiveness
LIV-1 acupressure
Calmness
LI-4 acupressure
SP-6 acupressure
ST-36 acupressure
Clarity of mind
SI-5 acupressure
Concentration
SI-5 acupressure
Decisiveness
GB-44 acupressure
Depression
LIV-3 acupressure
Distractability
GB-44 acupressure
SI-5 acupressure
Emotion, too much
P-7 acupressure
Emptiness
LU-1 acupressure

Internal emptiness
LU-1 acupressure
LU-3 acupressure
Irritability
SP-6 acupressure
Listen to one's heart
SI-19 acupressure
Longing
LU-3 acupressure
LU-9 acupressure
Nervous
SP-6 acupressure
ST-36 acupressure
Passivity
LIV-1 acupressure
Relax
LIV-3 acupressure
SP-6 acupressure
Restlessness
KI-6 acupressure
Secure, feeling
ST-36 acupressure
Self-esteem
LIV-1 acupressure
Self-expression

LU-3 acupressure
Energy
ST-36 acupressure
Excitement, too much
P-7 acupressure
Expressiveness
TB-5 acupressure
Fear
KI-3 acupressure
KI-4 acupressure
KI-6 acupressure
SP-6 acupressure
Feelings
TB-5 acupressure
Focus
GB-44 acupressure
SI-19 acupressure
SI-5 acupressure
Grief
LI-4 acupressure
LU-1 acupressure
LU-3 acupressure
LU-7 acupressure
LU-9 acupressure
Inner worth
LU-1 acupressure
LU-3 acupressure

TB-5 acupressure
Sensitivity
TB-17 acupressure
TB-5 acupressure
Shyness
LIV-1 acupressure
Spiritual emptiness
LU-9 acupressure
Stability
ST-36 acupressure
Stamina
ST-36 acupressure
Thinking too much
SP-6 acupressure
ST-36 acupressure
Timidity
GB-44 acupressure
ST-36 acupressure
Unblock emotions
LIV-3 acupressure
Unemotional
TB-5 acupressure
Vision
KI-6 acupressure
Will
KI-4 acupressure
Worrying
SP-6 acupressure
ST-36 acupressure