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What is Acupressure for Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) incorporates a number of treatments for health an wellbeing. Acupressure for hidradenitis is one of these treatments. In short, TCM says that the organ systems are represented by energy channels throughout the body. These invisible channels are called meridian lines. The energy that circulates through them is called qi (chi).

Firstly, stress or tension in the body causes blockages in the meridian channels. The blockages cause an imbalance of energy in the whole system. And consequently, an imbalance in the system contributes to illness.

How does it work?

Acupressure practitioners work on specific points known as acupoints or acupressure points. And these points are found along the meridian channels. During treatment, the practitioner applies gentle pressure to these points. In adittion to using their fingers, palms, elbows, they often use special acupressure tools.

The aim of the treatment is to restore health to the body. Energy flow is restored and as a result, the body systems to work in harmony.

How might this help with hidradenitis suppurativa?

Acupressure is used as part of a holistic health practice. Certain acupressure points are thought to help the immune system. Acupressure for hidradenitis suppurativa can be practiced yourself to compliment your self care regime.

The following four points are called the 4 gates.  When worked in combination they provide a powerful way to unlock blockages and stagnation in the body. This improves energy flow to bodily systems.

Large Intestine 4 (One located on each hand)

Located: On the hand in the fleshy part between the thumb and the first finger.

acupressure for hidradenitis suppurativa hand

Benefits: Strengthens immunity, alleviates pain, regulates the face and head area, can induce labour (avoid during pregnancy)

Liver 3 (One located on each foot)

Location: It can be found on the top of the foot, in between the big toe and the second toe.

acupressure for hidradenitis suppurative foot image

Benefits:  This point stimulates the immune system, increases blood flow and regulates energy in the body. It can also help with lower back pain, menstrual cramps and insomnia.

It may feel tender to work into these points. Apply the type of pressure that feels just right for you remember to take slow deep breaths and then watch the tension release.

Repeat this on a regular basis to experience the best results of acupressure for hidradenitis suppurativa .

About the Author

Ana Maria Hidradenitis suppurativa wellbeing coach

Ana Maria Conneely is a movement and wellbeing expert and speaker. She has been teaching yoga since 2013 and she is also a massage therapist, nutritional advisor and host of The A Way to Live Well podcast.

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