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  • Important Acupressure Points: Lung 7

    Intro

    There are many acupoints, but not all are easy to apply, both medically, but also mechanically. Here we discuss points which are great for the average person to memorize and use on themselves as needed.


    Lung7_find.jpg
    Image Source: Mend Acupuncture

    Description
    Stimulating and opening the lungs
    , this point is great for the expulsion of pathogens. As energy is driven up and out of the body, this helps clear the head, throat, and nose, as well as move immune energy across the body (Penner, 2017).

    During times of cold or wind, our lungs are stressed and therefore upper respiratory illness manifests as a result of this exposure to the elements. By pushing this point and directing energy towards the immune processes, Lung 7 “treats first signs of cold/flu” (Schurtz, 2022).

    As getting sick disturbs not just our normal day, but also meditations and other spiritual activities, there is quite the benefit in using this point in a preventative manner. I use it often, usually right when I feel a tickle in my throat or slight congestion.

    Due to the lung's influence on water in the body, this point also opens water channels, also dispersing solid matter such as phlegm, even tumors (Penner, 2017). Here we see a great example of the air element's functions within the body.

    Key Benefits (Penner, 2017)
    • Circulates Immune Energy
    • Opens, Stimulates dispersing of Lung Qi
    • Removes pathogens and obstructions/blockages
    • Opens nose

    How to Use
    Use your thumb to hold the Lung 7 point on the opposite wrist, found proximal to the styloid process of radius (bump in wrist). You should feel a small notch, indicating the point (Schurtz, 2022). See the picture for a technique on how to find it.

    As always, your placement does not need to be exact, as long as part of your finger(s) touch the general area. Press with a comfortable pressure for 10-15 minutes, using your awareness to judge the influence on your body.

    References
    Penner, J. (2017). Point: LU-7 (Lung-7).American Dragon. https://www.americandragon.com/Points/LU-7.html
    Schurtz, A. (2022, November 10). Lung 7: Broken Sequence. Mend Acupuncture. https://mendacupuncture.com/lung-7-broken-sequence/


    Disclaimer
    I am not a licensed practitioner and this information cannot be taken as official medical advice.
    Please make an appointment with Centralforce666 for professional medical consultation and treatment.
    Blitzkreig [JG]
    Blitzkreig [JG]
    @Blue Either can work. I personally find the thumb more comfortable, but the index finger example is shown as an easy way to find the point itself.

    @Henu the Great Thank you for sharing. Within the given sources it also lists that it helps the lungs "descending function", which I assume refers to getting it into a calm state. I have had a similar experience where it seems to calm the breathing.
    Henu the Great
    Henu the Great
    As far as I am aware there are these directions of flow inside the body that can be disturbed/out of whack and if I remember correctly descending direction is the nominal function for the lungs. So the acupoint in question would help get to that nominal function.
    Blue
    Blue
    Thank you.
    Important Acupressure Points: Stomach (ST) 36
    There are many acupoints, but not all are easy to apply, both medically, but also mechanically. Here we discuss points which are great for the average person to memorize and use on themselves as needed.

    stomach36_location.jpg
    stomach-36_hand.jpg
    Left Image Source: Selby Acupuncture
    Right Image Source: Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

    Description
    Benefiting the function of the stomach and spleen, all pathology can be treated through ST-36, earning it a title as a "Vitality and longevity point" (Penner, 2017).

    The reason one point can be so powerful is due to its action upon the stomach, where the stomach is the source of qi (energy) and blood (“The six fu-organs”, 2012) and this point stimulates gastric acid, "harmonizes the Spleen and Stomach", and "drains pathogenic influences from the Stomach" (Penner, 2017).

    In other words, by pressing this point and activating this meridian, you are directing more energy towards the stomach and spleen, which is then able to produce more vital energy as a result of enhanced digestive function.

    Key Benefits (Penner, 2017)

    • Fosters the Original Qi
    • Strengthens weak and deficient conditions
    • Resolves Dampness
    • Nourishes Blood
    • Nourishes Yin
    How to Use
    As seen in the left image, feel for the point between the bones. Notice how the measurement of "3 Cun" is listed between the femur's lateral epicondyle and the red dot.

    Cun is a TCM-specific measurement that is based on each person's body. 3 Cun is the length of space from between your 4 fingers, held together, measured from pinky tip to pointer tip (Mavros, 2002). This leads us to the right image, where we can see the individual has wrapped their hand around their knee to easily locate the point.

    As always, your placement does not need to be exact, as long as part of your finger(s) touch the general area. Press with a comfortable pressure for 10-15 minutes, using your awareness to judge the influence on your body.

    References

    Penner, J. (2017). Point: St-36 (stomach-36). American Dragon. https://www.americandragon.com/Points/ST-36.html
    Mavros, S. (2002). Cun Measurements. TCM Student. https://www.tcmstudent.com/study_tools/Cun Measurements.html
    The six fu-organs. TCM Wiki. (2012, October 8). https://tcmwiki.com/wiki/the-six-fu-organs
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