Acupressure has long been practiced in traditional Eastern medicine but it’s only recently that it’s begun to gain traction over here in America. Maybe it’s getting helped along by the increased recognition of acupuncture as a useful tool in modern medicine, or maybe it’s just a trendy new way to try and ease those everyday burdens of living. I guess time will tell.
What I do know is, while there are many things we still don’t know about the medical efficacy of the practice, studies are happening and some of them have quite promising results. Anecdotally, I know people who have gone to acupressure sessions and when the practitioner hit just the right spot on their foot, they burst out into tears. Not from pain, but simply an emotional outpouring. Nothing scientific to back that one up, but it certainly surprised me to hear about it.
Today though I’m going to tell you about a very specific point on the foot. In Chinese medicine, it’s called tai chong. Modern practitioners and researchers have coded it either LV3 or LR3 because of its apparent effect on the liver. This one point on the foot has been used for a very long time in traditional Eastern medicine to treat a wide variety of conditions and ailments.
The location of this point is between your first and second toes, on either foot, just behind the top knuckle. Many self-practitioners will mark the spot with ink to find it easily.
Why would you want to use this pressure point? First and foremost, it can help relieve stress and anxiety.
Even WebMD has information on using the point for this purpose. Studies have shown positive effects on levels of anxiety, depression, and stress. The exact mechanism is unknown but this is one of the many high-powered effects for which LV3 is known.
Another big benefit is pain relief. Or even pain interruption.
This is actually one of the most well-documented uses of acupressure and acupuncture. Because the pressure points are often located on or near major nerve conduits, it’s easy to imagine how this would operate. LV3 has been used for everything from headaches to backaches. Even menstrual cramps are on the list of aches and pains LV3 is believed to remedy.
How about digestion? Yep, that too!
LV3 is good for what ails you, when it comes to nausea, vomiting, or plain old indigestion. If your stomach isn’t sitting quite right, give yourself a massage on this pressure point and see if it doesn’t help out.
Now, this one may seem a little far out, but LV3 is even being looked at as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Mind blowing, right?
This is almost too crazy to be true … only it is. In a 2014 study by the researchers with the World Health Organization, a study of induced Parkinson’s in mice showed that acupuncture on the LV3 pressure point (yep, even mice can get acupuncture, apparently!) helped to prevent deterioration of neurons in the brain, specifically the ones associated with dopamine absorption. This deterioration is one of the key effects of Parkinson’s on the body and while further study is needed (including, of course, seeing if it transfers to humans), it turns out that LV3 might even literally help save lives.
Here’s a handy video tutorial on how to give your own LV3 points a good working over. Hope it helps!
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H/T: Sun Gazing