Guest Post: Boost your Immunity with Acupressure and other Therapies
By: Raj Mistry
Medical Disclaimer: For any medical condition, ailment, symptom, or disease, please obtain medical advice prior to using any of these treatment point instructions or techniques. The acupressure and health information here is provided without any representations or warranties implied or expressed.
Pressure points, Mudras and Sujok treatment to promote self-healing Acupressure and other therapies can strengthen natural resistance to disease by boosting the body’s immune systems. There are many different methods available like acupressure, sujok therapy, mudras, and acupuncture. The following guide has been put together to help boost the body’s immune systems.
Acupressure Like acupuncture, which uses very small needles, acupressure uses the same points to stimulate the body’s internal meridian points to self-heal and to treat illness and alleviate pain. With acupuncture one has to go to a clinic for treatment, which can only be done as and when one can afford the treatment whereas acupressure can be carried out at home and at any time.
Sujok Therapy Su means hand while jok means palm. Since hands have the location of systems of active points corresponding to all organs and parts of the body, stimulation of these points produces a curative effect. These points should be activated for one minute twice a day.
Mudra Mudras are performed with the hands and fingers. Mudras act to stimulate different parts of the body involved to affect the flow of energy in the body. The specific hand gestures and positions act to guide energy flows and reflexes to the brain and are directed to the particular part of the body.
How to Administer Acupressure When massaging acupressure points, try to relax in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Use deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate each point for one minute.
Repeat the massage as often as you like; there is no limit to the number of times a day. You can also massage these points for other people, including children.
An immune-booster and is especially helpful for people who are prone to upper respiratory flu symptoms.
In acupressure, the kidney system is said to help distribute the oxygen that enters the lungs throughout the rest of the body. When this interplay between the kidneys and the lungs doesn't happen correctly, shortness of breath and cough can occur as well as fatigue because the body is unable to properly oxygenate.
Kidney 27 is easily accessible, located about one inch from the midline on the lower border of the collar bone.
Large Intestine 11
The Large Intestines 11 point is useful to prevent colds, the flu and other immune-compromising conditions. This point can also help to reduce a fever. The exact location is determined according to sensitivity in that area. The most sensitive spot is usually the most effective when pressed.
Lung 7 is one of the most powerful points on the lung meridian points. It is useful to treat a persistent cough and relieving a sore throat. This acupressure point is good for bolstering your body's defensive energy, helping to keep your immune system strong.
Stomach 36 is one of the most effective acupuncture points for strengthening the immune system and recovering from fatigue. Acupuncturists often incorporate this point into treatments because it is such an energizing point. Stomach 36 is found about a hand length below the patella of the knee, just outside the prominent tibia bone. Sometimes pressing this point, if it's done firmly enough, will produce a strong sensation that travels down the leg.
Li 4 helps to expel wind, tones the flow of internal energy and strengthens immunity, useful to reduce pain in any part of the body.
As the meridian passes through the wrists, massaging the whole area of both wrists for one to three minutes is very useful for whole body treatment.
Lymphatic System The next area to consider for acupressure is the lymphatic system.
The function to filter and trap viruses, bacteria and other pathogens before they can spread and infect other parts of the body. They play an important role in our body's ability to fight infection and often swell in the setting of inflammatory conditions.
These points should be activated at the end of an acupressure session so that the body can remove any unwanted toxins.
SP 6 & SP 9
Both SP6 and SP 9 are spleen points and are part of the lymphatic system. These are to be activated for one miniute to help with the removal of any toxins.
P7 should be activated on both the hands for one minute to help the lymphatic drainage and to remove unwanted toxins.
Sujok for boosting immunity
The two finger points and the wrist point in the photos above should be activated for one minute by pressing on them. The point can be tender, but continue to treat them and this will enhance the body’s ability to cope with diseases.
The Linga Mudra increases body heat by focusing on the element of fire inside the body. This will boost the body’s immunity. (This mudra should not be performed if there is any excess heat in the body).
The Linga mudra can help fight bronchial infections and loosen and release phlegm in the throat which helps to relieve a chronic cough or cold. Many thanks to Raj (my Dad) for sharing this information. My Dad is an avid user of acupressure points and for most of my life I have seen him use acupressure to develop his immune system and overcome ailments from colds, coughs to inflammation and so much more.
We hope this article will be of use especially at this time and it will work in parallel to your yoga and self care practice.