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Acupressure for Stress and Anxiety

This information explains how to perform acupressure to reduce stress and anxiety.

Acupressure is an ancient healing art that is based on the traditional Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture. Finger pressure is used to stimulate trigger points on the body (acupoints). Pressing these points can help release muscle tension and promote blood circulation. Research suggests that it can also relieve many common side effects of chemotherapy. You can learn how to perform acupressure on yourself in order to reduce stress and anxiety.

Pressure Point Yin Tang (Extra-1)

Pressure point Extra-1, or Yin Tang, is located at the mid-point between your eyebrows. You can perform acupressure on this point to relieve stress and anxiety.

  1. Sit back in a comfortable position.
  2. Place your right thumb or forefinger between your eyebrows (see figure).
  3. Apply pressure in a circular motion on this point for 10 minutes. The pressure should be gentle and should not cause discomfort.

You can perform acupressure on this point several times a day, or as needed for symptom relief.

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