Continuing from the last issue, we explore the ways to fight summer heat with Dr. Yuko Nozaki of iDo Holistic Center. This month, she introduces acupressure points that help us prevent and recover from lethargic symptoms.
As the summer heat, humidity and air pressure become unbearable, we tend to get tired, lose our appetites, and even get sick because the human body does not easily adjust to such weather changes. There are some acupressure points that improve “qi” energy flow particularly helpful for preventing these conditions. “When you touch your vertebrae, you’ll notice it’s hollow, and that both sides of the vertebrae are protuberant. On these upheaved areas, there are many acupressure points that strengthen internal organs. Each point has its own benefits, but for summer lethargy, it’s better to apply pressure to all those points from top to bottom by slowly pressing each point for about 3 seconds. If you do this too fast, it makes muscle agitated and spoil the effects,” Ms. Nozaki says. She suggests doing this self-acupressure massage when you are relaxed.
A point called “chukan” is also good for controlling “damp” qi energy that is closely related to summer lethargy. It’s located in the midpoint between belly button and the pit of the stomach. If you already experience swollen legs, one of the typical summer lethargy symptoms, try a point called “san’inko” located 3 inches up from inner ankle (See illustration). Also, you can do strong and linear massages from “inryosen”, a point located on inner leg and right below your knee, downward to san’inko.
Protruded areas beside vertebrae have acupressure points that help improve internal organ functions. Give them a slow pressure from top to bottom.
Give a strong pressure massage on the area indicated right for treating swollen legs.
Yuko Nozaki, D.A.O.M., L.A.c, Dipl.C.H., Dipl.Ac.
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Certified Chinese herbal medicine practitioner, acupuncturist and massage therapist. She founded iDo Holistic Center in 2001, and has treated allergies, lifestyle diseases and women’s diseases.
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