Acupressure for Menstrual Cramps
The daily use of acupressure can be beneficial in relieving menstrual cramp discomfort. There are a few caveats I must address before we get into what these points are and how to use them. The most important thing to remember when applying acupressure for menstrual cramps is that everyone is unique in their pattern and expression of pain. There is no one size fits all and if you don’t find these points effective, it doesn’t mean that they don’t work, it just means it’s not addressing your particular pattern.
Acupressure Points that Relieve Menstrual Pain
There are so many points that can relieve pain. I cannot stress enough how important it is to identify your unique pattern in order to treat the root of menstrual cramps. These 2 points however are often used to treat pain anywhere in the body. They are…
- Large Intestine 4 (See video for location)
One of the reasons this Point is so effective in treating pain is that it is responsible for the downward movement of energy within the body. There is also a connection to a nerve pathway that ultimately helps down-regulate pain below the head.
- Liver 3 (See video for location)
This acupressure point is effective at treating menstrual cramp pain partially because it is responsible for the upward movement in the body. The liver meridian also goes through the Pelvic region. And so getting the energy moving in this area will help to move out any stasis as well as nurture the blood.
Together, acupressure points Large Intestine 4 and Liver 3 help to relieve pain in the body. Because one is responsible for the downward movement and the other is responsible for the upward movement they help get energy moving all around the body.
For menstrual cramps specifically, you can also palpate and find acupressure points along the spleen meridian. See the video for where this is.
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