Traditional Chinese medicine’s key component is Acupressure. It’s frequently used to treat pain. According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure is also an outstanding technique for balancing the stream of energy or life force known as qi or chi.
This energy is believed to flow through pathways in the body called meridians. People who practice acupressure also believe that disease occurs when something unbalances or blocks the chi; and if pressing the specific points along these meridians you will re-balance the flow of energy in the body.
The Zu San Li
The 36th point on the Stomach meridian is Zu San Li. Translated into English as “Leg Three Li” — originates its name from the legend according to which a weary traveler (through the time when travel was predominantly on foot) who stimulated Zu San Li would then be thrilled enough to be able easily to journey an additional three li: the equivalent of about a mile.
It is a pressure point located just below the kneecap and between the two bones of the lower leg. If you want to locate this point; sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you and place your hand over your kneecap. The point is located between the ring and the little finger. You should notice a small dent beneath the kneecap and bones.
Using your four-finger “tape measure” (which equals three cun); put the outer edge of your first finger in that dimple near the bottom edge of your kneecap, letting the other fingers to fold down onto your shinbone. Notice where the outer edge of your pinky falls? Zu San Li is at precisely that level on your leg.
It is thought that this spot can control the flow of energy to many body parts. Multiple disorders can also be treated by stimulating this point. It is commonly used as a substitute for pain killers.
Acupressure at Leg Three Li
Once you’ve located ST36, on one leg or on both legs at the same time, you can use whichever finger feels best to apply moderate to deep pressure, in a tiny circular motion, for as long as you would like.
At first start with 2-3 minutes, and notice how you feel. An acupressure protocol which combines Zu San Li ST36 with He Gu LI4 is a wonderful way to strengthen and move the Qi of the entire body. In addition great alternative to that is extra cup of midday coffee.
What Can It Treat?
- Liver Function – Massaging the Zu San Li pressure point is thought to improve liver function by helping to regulate bile creation and improve the organ’s ability to filter toxins that enters the body.
- Kidney Function – Stimulating the Zu San Li will help in kidney infections and also keep the kidneys functioning properly.
- Metabolic Function – The Zu San Li is associated with improving metabolic function as well as get rid of constipation and other gastrointestinal problems.
- Cardiac Function – Massaging the Zu San Li will improve the functions of the heart. Furthermore it can help maintain proper circulation, lower the chance of unbalanced heartbeats and also improve overall heart health.
- Blood Pressure Irregularities– For those with irregular blood pressure levels, high or unusually low, stimulating the Zu San Li may also help balance the chi and stabilize blood pressure.
- Blood Sugar Irregularities and Diabetes– Stimulating the Zu San Li is associated with improvement in insulin metabolism and irregular blood sugar levels. Most of all those who suffer from diabetes may also benefit significantly from acupuncture or massage at this pressure point.