What’s That Point? PC 6
If you have received acupuncture, you have likely had the acupuncture point [tooltip tip=”Pericardium 6″]PC 6[/tooltip] needled. It’s a commonly used point located on the [tooltip tip=”Place your three middle fingers (index, middle, and ring finger) horizontally across the inside of your wrist; PC 6 is located at this level, in the center, between the tendons.”]under side of the forearm above the wrist[/tooltip]. Although this point has many functions and indications for use, the most well known are for the relief of any type of [tooltip tip=”Morning sickness, chemotherapy, virus, bacterial infection, food poisoning, etc.”]nausea, vomiting or stomachache[/tooltip].
Another important use for PC 6 is for chest pain or tightness, including heart palpitations, feelings of anxiety or nervousness and shortness of breath. Because of its calming affect, it is also useful for insomnia and can help ease depression.
When acupuncture is unavailable, performing [tooltip tip=”Applying firm pressure”]acupressure[/tooltip] on this point comes in handy for anyone, regardless of age. For [tooltip tip=”You may also press firmly using your nail”]best results[/tooltip], apply steady, firm pressure for 1 to 2 minutes using a blunt object such as a pencil eraser. Repeat until symptoms subside.
Give it a try the next time you are feeling anxious or sick.
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