5 Pressure Points for Insomnia
Acupuncture and moxibustion are commonly used in the treatment of insomnia in China. Clinical studies have shown that compared with Western medicine, acupuncture and moxibustion has a certain effect on insomnia.
Pressure Points for Insomnia: Bubbling Spring
The bubbling spring point is located on the sole of your foot. It’s the small depression that appears just above the middle of your foot when your curl your toes inward.
Lie on your back and bend your knees so that you can reach your feet with your hands.
Put one foot on your hand and bend your toes.
Feel the depression of the soles of your feet.
Press hard and massage for a few minutes with circular or up-and-down movements.
It is believed that stimulating this stress point can energize you and induce sleep.
Pressure Points for Insomnia: Spirit Gate
The "Spirit Gate," also called "shenmen," is located in the inner wrist crease, in line with your pinky finger. Applying a tiny drop of lavender or chamomile essential oil on each of these areas shortly before bedtime for a more restful slumber.
Pressure Points for Insomnia: Inner Gate
The inner frontier gate point is found on your inner forearm between two tendons.
Turn your hands over so that your palms are facing up.
Take one hand and count three finger widths down from your wrist crease.
Apply a steady downward pressure between the two tendons in this location.
Use a circular or up-and-down motion to massage the area for four to five seconds.
Pressure Points for Insomnia: Yin Tang
The cool thing about this particular pressure point, called the "Yin Tang," is that you can easily target it without really moving much at all, meaning you can keep your head right there on your cozy pillow.
This pressure point is located directly between your eyebrows, just below what you might consider your "third eye chakra." You'll feel a natural little dip there, so once you notice a bit of a downward slope while feeling around between your eyebrows, that's the spot! Apply some essential oils here, or simply place your finger there with just a touch of pressure. It calms the mind, alleviates insomnia, and creates a sense of well-being.
Pressure Points for Insomnia: Wind Pool
The wind pool point is located on the back of your neck. You can find it by feeling for the mastoid bone behind your ears and following the groove around to where your neck muscles attach to the skull.
Clasp your hands together and gently open your palms with your fingers interlocked to create a cup shape with your hands.
Use your thumbs to apply a deep and firm pressure toward your skull, using circular or up-and-down movements to massage this area for four to five seconds.
Breathe deeply as you massage the area.
Stimulating this pressure point may help to reduce respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, which often interrupt sleep. It’s also associated with reducing stress and calming the mind.
Moxibustion is a kind of treatment that uses wormwood to stimulates the body's acupuncture points or specific parts, and do good to the physiological and biochemical functions of the human disorder through the activity of the Qi (an energy in our body). Moxibustion is similar to acupuncture and acupressure，and all of them helps to relieve periodic pain or treat insonmia by stimulating acupuncture points.