Do you write "Cramps" on your chart every month?
I know many of you do. This New Moon I'd like to talk about something you can do yourself to get natural relief from painful periods: acupressure.
"Acupressure” is massaging or pressing on acupuncture points. Massaging these points throughout the month will be the most effective, because this can help prevent cramps. You can also massage them during your period for pain relief. If you work on these points every day of the month, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised when your period comes. If you're already having cramps, go ahead and work these points several times a day.
Find the points by pressing around in the right area until you feel a spot that’s “tender,” or sensitive or sore. Then, massage the point in small circles, or by holding pressure on it, for a minute or so.
Here are the points:
Large Intestine 4. It’s a sensitive spot in about the middle of the fleshy area between your index finger and thumb. (Note: if you're trying to conceive, skip this point from Peak Day until you get your period, if you get it.)
Liver 3. This point is a “mirror” of Large Intestine 4, but on the foot. It’s in the space between the big toe and second toe. (Note: if you're trying to conceive, skip this point from Peak Day until you get your period, if you get it.)
Stomach 36. This point is in the muscle to the outside of your shin bone. It’s below your knee, about as far as the width of your hand. It’s about one finger-width away from the sharp line of your shin bone.
Spleen 8. On the inside of your lower leg, you’ll find a spot in your calf muscle that’s usually very sensitive if you have menstrual cramps. I like to find it by starting low on the ankle, in the middle between the ankle bone and the Achilles tendon. Then, slide straight up the leg to this sensitive place in the calf muscle. If you measure down from your knee using the width of your own hand, it’s about 1 1/2 hand-widths below the crease of your knee, but base the location on where you feel a sensitive spot.
The best way to find these points on yourself for pain relief is by finding a sensitive spot in the right neighborhood. Trust your feeling!