Acupressure for Stress and Anxiety

This information explains how to use acupressure to reduce stress and anxiety (strong feelings of worry or fear).

Acupressure is an ancient healing art that’s based on the traditional Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture. With acupressure, you put pressure on specific places on your body. These places are called acupoints. Pressing these points can help release muscle tension and promote blood circulation. It can also relieve many common side effects of chemotherapy.

You can learn how to do acupressure on yourself to reduce stress and anxiety.

Figure 1. Placing thumb between eyebrows

Figure 1. Placing thumb between eyebrows

Pressure Point Extra-1 (Yin Tang)

Pressure point Extra-1, also called Yin Tang, is located at the midpoint between your eyebrows. Doing acupressure on this point can help relieve stress and anxiety.

  1. Sit back in a comfortable position.
  2. Place your right thumb or forefinger between your eyebrows (see Figure 1).
  3. Apply pressure in a circular motion on this point for 5 to 10 minutes. The pressure should be gentle and shouldn’t cause discomfort.

You can do acupressure on this point several times a day, or as needed for your symptom to go away.


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