Moxibustion: Warm these points on your hand to relieve any pain

Moxibustion is a practice that has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. It belongs to the same group as acupuncture and massage and is used to treat various types of pathologies.

Some  hospitals and clinics have adopted moxibustion techniques in their facilities.

The technique consists of bringing heat sources (usually burning mugwort powder) close to specific points of the skin, in order to heat it and therefore benefit the part of the body beneath it.

Below we describe the moxibustion technique on hands and fingers , and the parts of the body directly connected to our hands (click on the photo to enlarge).

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These are the top pressure points on the hand that will offer relief from pain, stress, anxiety, and more.

Hand acupressure points are easily accessible, using the other hand and fingers to apply pressure, stimulate the points, and massage for relief.

For all the pressure points above, follow these steps to apply pressure and self-massage:

  1. Depending on positioning and what offers best leverage, place your thumb or 1-2 fingers on the pressure point. Common fingers to stimulate points are the index and middle fingers.
  2. Apply firm pressure on the pressure point and hold it for 5 seconds. Take slow, deep breaths while applying pressure and massaging.
  3. Slowly and gently massage the pressure point using a circular motion for 2 minutes.
  4. Repeat the pressure and circular massage on your other hand.
  5. Repeat the cycle 5 times on each hand.

You can repeat the cycle a few times throughout the day.

Moxibustion is safe and effective when used correctly, and many people swear by it. There’s little to no risk unless you are pregnant or have another medical condition. Be sure to see a doctor if you have any concerns before trying acupressure.

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