Alternative Alley: Acupressure for Depression

Point Sequence for Depression (Root cause: Hormones/General Depression)

1 on Thumb
8 Inner-Outer
4 Hormones

3 Pinches

3 Ear Points

STOP after doing the 3 Ear Points…do not press any points after doing the Ear Points

Do these for 15 days and contact me for a possible change in sequence and/or addition/removal of certain points.

1. Press the point (with strong pressure until you begin to feel the pain) and count to 10-12 seconds. Then release the pressure for 1 second. Press again on the same point and count 10-12 seconds once again. Release pressure once again. Repeat this one more time. So, basically, each point receives a total pressure of about 35 seconds with 1 second breaks after every 10-12 seconds.

2. Always use the thumb to press the points. It is important that the thumb faces the body i.e. the pressure is directed towards the body.

3. The points are located on both arm/legs in symmetry. So, always do the points on both sides of the body.

4. Points should be done in the sequence that is written out for you by your acupressurist. For example, if a patient is given the follow sequence – 7 circulation, 8 inner-outer, 1 blood pressure (pumping) and 4 hormones, is means that the patient should do the 7 circulation points on both arms first, then 8 inner-outer points (on both arms) and so on.

5 . You should not eat or drink anything (not even water) 1/2 hour before/after doing the points.

6. Each sequence of points should be done REGULARLY 3 times/day with at least 3 hour gaps in between (emergencies are an exception). So, it would be perfect to do the points once in the morning, then in the afternoon, and finally at night. Irregularity in doing the points or doing the points only once or twice will not help at all. All your efforts will be in vain.


Alternative Alley: Acupressure for Depression

Very similar to yesterday’s “letting go exercise” but a little bit different.

Lung 1, called Letting Go, is located on the upper outer portion of the chest, three finger widths below the collarbone. These acupressure points on both sides of your can facilitate letting go of grief, a natural response to loss, which is an inevitable aspect of life. When you lose someone or something you love, these acupressure points open the grieving process to let go and move on in a good way. Grieving is an emotional purification; crying opens the breath, allows you to let go, and renews your spirit.

Self-Care Instructions: When your energy system is blocked, you can become fatigued, anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, and despondent because your supply of energy is impaired.  U,se your fingertips to press the Letting Go acupressure points (Lu 1). Inhale slowly and deeply as you gradually release your finger pressure, bring your arms outward, lift your chest, and tilt your head back. Hold your breath for a few second to assimilate the oxygen.  Exhale as your head comes downward and your fingertips return to the Lung 1 acupressure points. Repeat this exercise four or five more times.



Alternative Avenue: Acuppresure for Depression

Letting Go of Depression with acupressure and Deep Breathing

  1. Lie down on your back or sit comfortably, with your spine straight, and feet flat on the floor.

  2. Reach up toward the sky with both hands; take a deep breath, and as you hold your breath, make tight fists and squeeze, tightening all the muscles in your arms.

  3. Slowly exhale, tensing your arms, bringing your fists down, to your chest

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times.

  5. Now cross your arms in front of your chest, with your fingers touching the upper outside area of the chest, (acupressure point Lu 1 also known as Letting Go); your wrists cross at the center of your upper chest.

  6. Lower your chin toward your chest.

  7. Inhale four short breaths in a row (without exhaling) through your nose, filling your lungs completely on the fourth breath. Hold the breath for a few seconds with the chest full and expanded.

  8. Exhale slowly through your mouth.

  9. Repeat this exercise for two or three minutes, concentrating on the depth and rhythm of the breath.



Alternative Alley: Acupressure for Depression

Third Eye Point (Yintang}

This point is located between the eyebrows in the groove where the bridge of your nose meets your forehead. Pressing this point soothes your emotions and relieves depression.

K 27: Elegant Mansion

Located in the groove between the bottom of your collarbone and your first rib where they meet your breast- bone, these points relieve depression, anxiety, and breathing difficulty.

Lu 1: Central Treasury

These points are located on the outside of your upper chest, at the level of the first intercostal space (that is, below the first rib) six inches from the midline of the body. Pressing these will relieve depression, blocked emotions, breathing difficulty, and grief.

CV 17: Chest Center

This point is found in the middle of your breastbone, at the level of the fourth intercostal space ( that is, below the fourth rib). It helps relieve grief, depression, anxiety, and general emotional instability.

St 36: Three Mile Point

These points are located four finger-widths below your kneecap and one inch outside of your shinbone. They are helpful for overall muscle tone and emotional balance, as well as relieving fatigue and depression.






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.


Alternative Alley: Acupressure for Depression

Head Points

Consists of 3 points:

  1. The Posterior Summit (GV 19)
  2. One Hundred Meeting Point (GV 20)
  3. Anterior Summit (GV 21)

These points are all located on the top of the head. Pressing them can relieve depression with accompanying headache and memory lapses.

Begin with the middle point, GV 20. Place your left thumb on the top of your left ear and your right thumb on the top of your right ear. Move your fingertips toward the top of your head and feel for a hollow near the top center of your head.

GV 19, also situated in a hollow, lies approximately one inch behind GV 20.

GV 21 lies one inch in front of GV 20.

As you apply steady, firm pressure to these points, relax your body and let your tension and depression slip away.



Alternative Alley: Acupressure

Last week, we looked at massage as a way to alleviate depression. This week, we will look at something new, acupressure. Acupressure is often called acupuncture without the needles. Instead of needles, acupressure involves the application of manual pressure (usually with the fingertips) to specific points on the body.

According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, the body has vital energy called “chi” or “qi” that flows along invisible lines of energy flow called meridians. There are thought to be at least 14 meridians connecting our organs with other parts of our body. Acupuncture and acupressure points lie on those meridians. If the flow of qi is blocked at any point on a meridian, it’s thought to be the cause of ailments and lead to disease anywhere along the meridian. That’s why a practitioner may apply pressure to an acupressure point in the foot to relieve a headache.

There is no scientific consensus on how acupressure might work. Some theorize that the pressure may promote the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body, called endorphins. Another theory is that the pressure may somehow influence the autonomic nervous system.

Acupressure can also be self-administered. Although it’s best to consult an acupuncturist for proper instruction, acupressure is generally done by using the thumb, finger or knuckle to apply gentle but firm pressure to a point. The pressure is often increased for about 30 seconds, held steadily for 30 seconds to two minutes and then gradually decreased for 30 seconds. It’s often repeated three to five times.

Acupressure is useful in alleviating many of the physical symptoms as well as the sluggishness of mild depression. Acupressure is performed by applying steady, firm pressure on specific points along the body. If you prefer, you can rub on the acupressure point briskly to stimulate them rather than just applying pressure. When stimulated, these spots, which are identical to acupuncture points, correspond to and affect other parts of the body.

According Chinese medicine, depression can occur when you repress certain emotions, such as anger or guilt. Using anti-depression acupressure points can help to release this blocked energy. Once it is free to rise to the surface, you can examine these feelings and try to gain a greater understanding of them.

This week, we will look closer at the application of acupressure in treating depression.