Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies have been thriving in the spotlight in recent years, with Instagram-friendly acupuncture studios popping up in New York, and TCM drinks available on-the-go in Hong Kong.
Last year, TCM was even added in The World Health Organisation (WHO)’s global diagnostic compendium––legitimising TCM in the eyes of modern medicine, thus providing the nod of approval TCM practitioners around the world have been waiting for.
With stress and anxiety levels at a record high around the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we spoke with TCM practitioner, Dr. Ruth Lee from Balance Health to learn more about pressure points and how we can use them at our advantage to manage everyday anxiety.
What are pressure points?
“In traditional Chinese medicine, pressure points––or acupoints––are the specific hubs of Qi (vital energy) which are transported through the meridians to different parts of the body,” says Dr. Ruth Lee.
“The ultimate goal of acupressure and acupuncture is to unblock problematic meridians by stimulating pressure points, activating a free flow of qi to balance our body, mind and spirit.”
How can pressure points help with stress and anxiety?
“According to traditional Chinese medicine, anxiety, stress and depression is caused by an imbalance within organ systems that results in dysregulation of the brain function,” says Dr. Lee.
This may be caused by the stagnation of Qi due to a blood circulation dysregulation, excessive inner heat, dampness and phlegm, she adds.
“By simulating the relevant pressure points, one could activate the qi flow and regulate the balance of the above mentioned organ systems.”