Acupressure for menstrual disorders : Menstrual cramping refers to pain in the lower-abdominal area, that are sharp and or of aching nature. Menstrual cramps usually occur during the first few days when periods begin. The pain is speculated to be a result of increased activity of the prostaglandin hormone in healthy young women. Severe cramps that occur during periods in older women could possibly be the sign of fibroids, sexually transmitted infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, intrauterine devices, premenstrual syndrome, or anxiety and stress.
Acupressure techniques will help to relieve menstrual cramps, bloating, pain, headaches and physical tension. Following are some acupressure points that provide relief from menstrual cramps.
- P 6 – it is located two thumb widths from the wrist crease on the inner side of the arm.
- P 9 – it is found on the middle finger just below the fingernail and to the side toward the thumb.
- LI 4 – it is on the highest point of the webbing produced by holding the thumb and index finger together. The point should be pressed toward the index finger.
- B 60 – it is behind the ankle on the outside of the ankle. LV 1 is below and beside the inner side of the first toenail.
- LV 2 – it is located on the foot just above the space between the first and second toes.
- K 1 – it is located in the middle of the sole of the foot just behind the ball of the foot.
- SP6 – it is found on the inside of the leg, just above the ankle.
Pressing and massaging these acupressure points will also provide relief from menstrual cramps. Acupressure working successfully to relieve pain improves digestion; help with depression and anxiety, and enhancing energy levels.