These are the acupressure points for depression. Working on these points can help you get better faster. You do not have to use all of these points. Using just one or two of them whenever you have a free hand can be effective.
Acupressure Point SP6 — San Yin Jiao
Chinese Name: 三陰交
Location: On the inside surface of the leg, four fingers-width above the inner anklebone.
Benefits: balancing point, abdominal distention, loose stools with undigested food, irregular menstruation, uterine bleeding, amenorrhea, clinical depression, immune deficiency disorders, chronic fatigue, impotence, low sperm, sterility in men and women, regulate hormone function, low sexual desire in men and women, pain in the external genitalia, warts, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, insomnia, PMS, hot flashes, cold limbs, side effects of radiation and chemotherapy in cancer patients.
Acupressure Point ST41 — Jie Xi
Chinese Name: 解溪
Location: at the junction of the dorsum of foot and the leg, between the tendons of extensor digitorum longus and halluces longus, approximately at the level of the tip of the external malleolus.
Benefits: edema of the head, edema of the face, dizziness, vertigo, abdominal distention, constipation, clinical depression, rheumatism, ringing in the ear, headaches.
Acupressure Point LI11 — Qu Chi
Chinese Name: 曲池
Location: On the top, outer end of the elbow crease. bend your arm, press your thumb into the hollow located on the top, outer end of the elbow crease, directly above the elbow, between the elbow joint (below) and the muscle (above).
Benefits: food allergy, hives, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, fever, sore throat, pain in the elbow and arm, tennis elbow, to balance the energy in cancer patients. Relieves allergies, particularly inflamed skin disorders (such as hives and rashes), itching, and fevers.
Acupressure Point CV12 — Zhong Wan
Chinese Name: 中脘
Location: midway between the belly button and the bottom of the breastbone. On the midline of the abdomen, 5 finger width above the belly button.
Benefits: acute abdominal pain, pain due to overeating, gastric pain, sour stomach, belching, regurgitation, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, distention of the abdomen due to flatulence, hiatal hernia.
Acupressure Point P6 — Nei Guan
Chinese Name: 內關
Location: three finger width above the wrist crease on the palmar side.
Benefits: palpitation, vomiting, mental disorders, chest pains-emotional and physical, nausea, to decrease appetite, to calm down, decrease panic attacks, to stop smoking, addictions to alcohol, food and drugs, poor memory, to promote yawning, side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
Acupressure Point Ear Shenmen
Location: at the bifurcating point of upper and lower arms of the triangular fossa, slightly to the lateral side.
Benefits: stop smoking, stop overeating, calm mind, remove nervousness, pre-interview point, pre-exam point for the student, to prevent pre-nuptial jitters.
Acupressure Point H7 — Shen Men
Chinese Name: 神門
Location: medial side (ulnar) of the transverse crease of the wrist.
Benefits: chest pain, night sweat, spontaneous sweating, stage fright, phobias , nervousness (massage this point before interviews, speeches, wedding, exams, flying etc .) Irritability, mental disorders, poor memory, promote mental clarity, promote retention of knowledge in the brain (good for students to massage this point five minutes before beginning study to prepare for exams etc,), chest palpitation, insomnia, nightmares, excessive dreaming, to mend broken heart, emotional stagnation, unable to cry, side effects of radiation and chemotherapy in cancer patients.
It is important to drink plenty of warm water after the massage, to help clear away toxic substances in our body.
Caution: You should consult with a healthcare professional before practicing Acupressure or starting any diet, exercise, Chinese herbs or other supplementation programs.