Alternative Alley: Acupressure for Depression


GB 20: Wind Pond


These two points are found in the hollows between the two large neck muscles, just below the base of the skull. Pressing them will help relieve depression, neck tension, headache, and irritability.


B10: Heavenly Pillar


Located about a half-inch from the base of the skull on the muscles bordering the spine, these points can relieve the fatigue and emotional distress of depression.


B 43: Vital Region


These two points are located between the shoulder blades and spine three inches from the spine at the level of the fourth thoracic vertebrae. They are effective in helping to soothe and balance your emotions. If you don’t have someone to press these points for you, you can lie on your back, placing two tennis balls in the appropriate spots beneath your upper back between your shoulder blades. The pressure of lying on the balls will massage the points nicely.


B 23: Kidney Shu, B 52: Will Chamber


Point B 23 is located in the lower back at waist level, approximately one to two inches from the spine. B 52 is at the same level and one to two inches out from B 23. Pressing these points can relieve depression, fatigue, and emotional upset.



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