Go to page content
Heather Hanks
Written by Heather Hanks

Reviewed by Dr Angelica L Dumapit on April 25, 2022

5 Amazing Acupressure Benefits You Need To Know

Published | 6 min read

If you're looking for natural ways to support your health, then consider adding acupressure to your routine. In this article, you'll learn about some amazing acupressure benefits and how to do it right at home.

Shutterstock 1384241273

Acupressure benefits aren’t limited to pain relief. Did you know that stimulating certain acupoints can help with things like vision, the common cold, and even high blood pressure?

In this guide, our Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) experts provide tips for how to perform acupressure at home so you can reap the benefits whenever you need them.

Acupressure Benefits, According To TCM

Acupressure massage is a complementary TCM procedure where you can use your fingers and hands to apply pressure and stimulate acupressure points on the body to maintain the balance of yin and yang energy. It can aid blood flow and lymphatic circulation, support the body’s metabolic function, and relieve muscle fatigue or tension.

If you’re looking for tips on how to apply acupressure at home, follow these tips. For every acupressure point pair (one acupressure point on each side of the body), press and massage for about one minute each time. Repeat several times throughout the day for best results.

Here are 5 of the best acupoints to stimulate and what conditions you can use them for:

1. Si Bai (ST2): Alleviates myopia and improves vision

The Si Bai acupoint can be massaged to help improve vision and eye health.

In today’s modern world, it is common to spend long hours facing a computer or mobile screen, which can strain the eyes. The acupressure point Si Bai (ST2, Four Whites) promotes self-healing for myopic ailments, eye pain, or swelling. It’s also used in conjunction with other acupoints and TCM treatments. It can provide early relief for chronic nervous system ailments like involuntary twitching around the eyes, facial spasm, and paralysis.

Locate the acupressure points by first pressing your index and middle fingers side by side. Position both fingers horizontally across your upper cheeks (left hand on the left cheek, right hand on the right cheek). The tip of your middle finger should rest on the edge of your nose wing. The pad of your index finger will rest on top of the acupoint. Press and massage with light to medium pressure using the pad of your index finger on each side. You should feel almost immediate relief around the area.

2. Feng Chi (GB20): To relieve symptoms of cold, fever, and headaches

You can stimulate the Feng Chi acupoint to help reduce the symptoms of the common cold.

According to TCM theory, external Wind pathogens can result in ailments such as headaches, dizziness, cold, and fever. The acupressure point Feng Chi (GB20, Wind Pool) is one acupressure point that can help with dispelling Wind pathogens, which alleviates symptoms resulting from excess Wind in the body. Regular long-term acupressure on Feng Chi can regulate the flow of qi in your body and support your health maintenance routine. 

Best done in the morning shortly after you wake up, use the pad of each thumb on the respective acupoint. You can feel soft depressions lateral to the relatively thick tendons at the back of your neck. Press firmly upwards for about one minute before releasing pressure.

You may feel soreness and dull pain as you press hard on both points, indicating Wind accumulation around the area. Paired with breathing techniques, releasing excess Wind in this way can quickly relieve eye fatigue and tension headache.

3. Hegu (LI4): To calm your nerves and alleviate hypertension

The He Gu acupoint helps reduce pain and provides a calming effect on the body.

One of the most well-known acupoints, He Gu (LI4, Union Valley) can generate a wide range of reactions from the body when stimulated. It may reduce hypertension, alleviate anxiety and numbness, and dispel Wind. It also improves blood flow. 

He Gu is often used alone or in conjunction with other acupressure points to provide pain relief from headaches, toothaches, sinusitis, and throat discomfort. While it is useful to aid self-healing, pregnant women should refrain from pressing on He Gu due to its stronger circulation-regulating effects. 

Place your thumb in the space where the bases of the thumb and index finger meet (see photo above). Apply firm pressure by pressing down on the acupoint using the pad of your thumb, in a tapping motion without releasing your thumb from the skin surface. It is normal to feel a slight soreness when you press hard on the acupressure points, but do not apply so much pressure that it hurts.

4. Zu San Li (ST36): For general health maintenance

The Zu San Li acupoint is used for general health and self-healing acupressure benefits.

Another acupressure point that provides extensive benefits for the body is Zu San Li (ST36, Leg Three Miles). Located near the knee, firm pressure on this acupoint can stimulate the body’s self-healing function. It can alleviate acute and chronic ailments such as flu, hypertension, and cardiovascular issues. Regular acupressure on Zu San Li may relieve fatigue and even provide anti-aging benefits. Hence, why it is sometimes known as the “longevity acupoint.”

To locate Zu San Li, first bend your knees at a 90-degree angle. Cup your hand on your knee on the same side (see photo above), and the tip of your fourth finger will rest on a small depression, where the acupoint is. Firmly press on the acupoint with your index and middle finger side by side. Then, use the pad of your middle finger to press and massage the acupoint. Do it as often as needed.

5. Tai Xi (KI3): To enhance kidneys and harmonize bodily functions

Stimulating the Tai Xi acupoint can help regulate internal organs to provide general health maintenance.

Tai Xi (KI3, Great Ravine) is another major acupressure point that is efficient in supporting optimal health. Pressing the Tai Xi acupoint tonifies the Kidney and overall qi, clearing excess Heat, as well as regulating internal organs.

It is often used to relieve pain around the foot as well as the lower back. Long-term acupressure done on Tai Xi can aid in the treatment of many chronic ailments related to kidney function. These include excessive hair lossinsomnia, urination incontinence, impotence, and irregular menstruation.

You can use your thumb to apply light downward pressure on Tai Xi to stimulate the acupoint in a continuous light sliding motion. Feel free to do this any time you feel fatigued or when your body exhibits symptoms as described above. 

Final Thoughts On Acupressure Benefits

You can incorporate all five acupressure points as part of your regular health regime using the acupressure techniques shared above. Perform acupressure at your leisure and a little goes a long way in achieving good health.

Also, use Lingzhi Cracked Spores to build up your natural immune system, replenish qi, relieve cough and asthma as well as address symptoms of palpitation and insomnia.


  1. Huoquan Book Studio. 2014. Pocket Book of Targeted Acupressure Based on Symptoms (In Mandarin)
  2. The Chinese Medicine Database. 2010. The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Translation)
  3. Global Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. 2017. Effectiveness and Characteristics of Acupressure for Elderly with Insomnia: A Systematical Review
  4. PubMed. 2014. Acupuncture for adolescents with mild-to-moderate myopia: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial  
  5. Acupunct Med. 2020 Apr;38(2):75-85. Self-administered acupressure for knee osteoarthritis in middle-aged and older adults: a pilot randomized controlled trial.  

Share this article on

Was This Article Useful to You?

Reviews (9)

Mar 31 2023


Dec 18 2022

I liked that each acupressure point addressed current issues that I have experienced.

All Things Health TeamDec 18 2022

We love that your issues can be addressed through this fuss-free method ❤️

MariaDec 17 2022

I think that information is worth sharing!!! Thanks so much! 🙂

All Things Health TeamDec 18 2022

It’s our pleasure, Maria! Feel free to share these simple techniques 🙌🏻

Dec 13 2022

All of it
I find it very useful in my life

All Things Health TeamDec 13 2022

Great to hear this, hope you can share this with your loved ones so that they can benefit too!

Dec 08 2022

can you please show where is the pressure point for sciatic pain

All Things Health TeamDec 13 2022

Hi, you may wish to refer to our article ‘Best Pain Management Tips For Sciatica’ for better idea: https://www.allthingshealth.com/en-us/general-health/bone-muscle-health/pain-management/

Want more healthy tips?

Get All Things Health in your mailbox today!

Subscribe to our newsletter

Related Articles

Face mapping min scaled
General Health
June 22, 2023 | 5 min read

How To Use Face Mapping To Improve Your Health

Do you have a pale complexion, dry skin, and acne? Face mapping uses these symptoms to determine the state of your internal health. Learn what your face says about your health here.

Read More
Young woman suffering from psoriasis with itching red marks on her arm
General Health
February 13, 2022 | 6 min read

Psoriasis Treatment Options to Alleviate this Chronic Condition

Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disease that causes scaly and flaky patches of skin. There are several treatment options, including traditional medicine and TCM that can help you to alleviate and treat this skin disorder.

Read More
IStock 1171085713
General Health
June 7, 2023 | 5 min read

Troubled by Neck Rash? Here's What You Can Do

A variety of infections can lead to the development of a rash on the neck. While minor cases can be managed with basic home remedies, certain types of rashes might necessitate professional medical intervention.

Read More
How to prevent and treat acne rosacea
General Health
April 11, 2024 | 4 min read

How To Prevent And Treat Acne Rosacea

Acne rosacea can significantly impact self-confidence—we understand. Here's how to tackle the root causes and effectively diminish symptoms for lasting relief.

Read More

The contents of the All Things Health website are for informational and educational purposes only.
Our website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.