I used acupressure and reflexology extensively to deal with inflammation and pain so that I could function daily. It works so much better than pharmaceutical narcotics or muscle relaxers for me.

According to Wikipedia, acupressure, by definition, is a traditional Chinese medicine technique based on the same ideas as acupuncture.  It is bodywork which involves placing physical pressure, by hand, elbow, or with the aid of various devices, on different pressure points on the surface of the body (which may be far distant from the symptom, related by what is called the meridian system) to bring about relief through greater balance and circulation of fluids (blood, lymph) and metabolic energies in the body (heat,qi).*

Acupressure for Beginners **
Some of the most common acupressure points for treating everyday ailments like stress and chronic pain, and how to stimulate them.

What is Acupressure?
The role of acupressure has been paramount in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for more than 2000 years, and the fact that it is still in use today is a testimony to its effectiveness in the treatment of illness and pain. Acupressure is essentially a method of sending a signal to the body (by needle or other means) to “turn on” its own self-healing or regulatory mechanisms.
Normally, Qi (vital energy) circulates through natural pathways in the body called meridians.  Blockage of this flow or an imbalance in Yin and Yang can cause illness and pain. Acupressure
helps to correct functional imbalances and restore the flow thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being.

Acupressure is an effective form of stimulation used to help relax the muscles. If done regularly, this method of self-massage can sustain improvement and minimize recurrence of symptoms. Be patient and consistent when practicing acupressure on them. A simple way to stimulate these points is to press firmly with a finger in a rotary movement or an up-and-down movement for several minutes at a time. It is recommended that you use this information under the guidance of
your physician.

How to Administer Acupressure
• Use deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate each point.
• When massaging acupoints, try to relax in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and breathe deeply.
• Repeat the massage as often as you like; there is no limit to the number of times a day.
• Besides massaging these points on yourself, anyone can also help massage these points for you.

What Are Some of Common Acupressure Points to Learn?
Here is a list of eight commonly used acupressure points. Click the name to learn when to use each of the points and how to locate it.

Gallbladder 20 (GB20): Feng Chi
This point is recommended for headache, migraine, eye blurriness or fatigue, low energy, and cold/flu symptoms. It is located by feeling the mastoid (ear) bone and following the groove back to where the neck muscles attach to the skull.

Gallbladder 21 (GB21): Jian Jing
This point is located by pinching the shoulder muscle with your thumb and middle finger and is commonly used for stress, facial pain, headaches, toothaches and neck pain. Use with caution in pregnant women.

Large Intestine 4 (LI4): He Gu
This point is good for stress, headaches, toothaches, facial pain and neck pain. However, as a word of precaution, it can induce labor and must never be used during pregnancy.

Liver 3 (LV3): Tai Chong
You need to take off your shoe to find this point. This is an excellent area to stimulate for stress, low back pain, high blood pressure, limb pain, insomnia and emotional upset.

Pericardium 6 (P6): Nei Guan
This point can help provide relief for nausea, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, upset stomach,
motion sickness and headaches and is even used for regulation of heart palpitations.

Triple Energizer 3: Zhong Zhu
This point is located in the groove formed by the tendons of the 4th and 5th finger, behind the knuckles and is commonly used in the clinic for temporal headaches, shoulder and neck tension, and upper back pain.

Spleen 6 (SP6): San Yin Jiao
This point can be very helpful for many urological and pelvic disorders as well as fatigue and insomnia. Avoid during pregnancy.

Stomach36 (ST36): Zu San Li
You can find this point useful for fatigue and depression as well as knee pain and gastrointestinal discomfort. Asians frequently stimulate this point for health promotion and longevity.

* Wikipedia

**Self-Care Acupressure (from UCLA Health, Exploring Integrative Medicine, https://exploreim.ucla.edu/self-care/acupressure-and-common-

Each one of us are touched by the change in the season.  We speak of the winter when it is cold, in the summer when it is very hot. We like the spring, because it is the greenest of the season after a winter season of bareness.  We love the fall because of the changes from the hot days of summer. We love it for the changing leaves and snuggling into the comfort and warmth of our homes.  Like the seasons around us, we each face different times and seasons in our own lives. Where are you now in the season of your life? Have you been enjoying a wonderful springtime of refreshment and renewal? Are you like so many others feeling as if one more year of winter just cannot happen? 

Winter, to the eyes and other senses, is a time of desolation and loneliness when there are no signs of life.  It is a time spiritually when nothing seems to go right. It is a time when things are often distant and cold, having a yearning to be touched by God’s hand to touch our heart and lives.  Ah, but wait! It is during the winter, the miraculous things that were planted in the summer and fall are taking on new life in the ground below! 

There is much activity below the surface of what appears to be a very useless time of life. There are many hurts and heartaches that crush our hearts from betrayal, remorse, guilt, and abuse to deal with.  All these seem to overwhelm us in the darkness as we try to go to sleep at night. Take heart, Jesus knows right where you are and is making a way for you. Spring is at the door! We go through many of these seasons as we walk with Jesus. The Father has had a plan for you from the beginning of time, He knew you while you were in your mother’s womb.  He loved you then and He loves you now. He has a great and mighty plan for you, but it is all in His time, His season.  Ecc 3:1(amp) says, “to everything there is a season and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven”.  A time and a purpose under heaven bears repeating.  An example of this would be, you just know that you are destined for something big, with a very bright future, but right now there is nothing around you except what looks like meager survival. Situations look as if there is no hope, no hint of success. The enemy, Satan, comes in and tries to convince us there is no plan for us in God’s kingdom. He is a liar! Even in this season rejoice and be glad, for spring is coming

Take heart, perhaps it is not the season or time for you to go from winter to spring. Perhaps, it is time to wait on God. The butterfly stays in the cocoon for protection and grows until it emerges ready to accomplish, in a very short period, what it was specifically created for, it’s niche in eternity. It is the scrapping against the cocoon edges as a butterfly emerges that makes the wings strong. Without that adversity, the butterfly’s wings will not get strong enough to support its weight and the butterfly will die prematurely before ever getting to fly. It is important for us to embrace challenges and adversity, to allow them to strengthen us in the middle of our very being. These challenges & conflicts are the very same that will give wind beneath our wings so that we too can fly when it is time to accomplish our destiny. This time for you may be one of protection and/or growth.

Rejoice in the winter for spring is coming! Give glory to God, changes are coming! Jeremiah 29:11 says, quote for I know the thoughts and plans I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your outcome”. The word hope in the original Hebrew is “miqveh” and means something waited for in confidence, abiding in confidence for something expected. Again, time is in the formula. If you read further in Ecclesiastes 3:2-9, you’ll find many things spelled out about this, such as a “time to heal”, “a time to lose”, “a time to be born”, “a time to embrace”, and a time to die, etc. Time in the Hebrew is “ayth” derived from the word “ad”.  It means now, when, due season, so long as, continually, evening, noon, always, certain. So, time is a season, a sliver of eternity. 

Eternity in the Hebrew is the word “ad”, and time is derived from eternity and means perpetuity, perpetual, continuously, never ending.  Ecclesiastes 3:11(amp) says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds (a divinely implanted sense of purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun by God alone satisfies)”. One step in time is a place in all eternity and God has placed the need for Him in our hearts, for He alone can satisfy us. Time, a sliver of time…eternity it goes on forever. How are we to live today and tomorrow in the sliver of time? In Matthew 6:25, Jesus said to stop being perpetually uneasy, anxious and worried about your life, what you shall drink, which you shall eat and what you shall put on your body.” He goes on to say in verse 32, the Gentiles (heathen)wish for and pray and diligently seek after these things, and your Heavenly Father knows well that you need them all”. In verse 33, 34, we are given what the eyes and heart should seek after, and when we should seek it. This is especially true for us when there appears to be a lack, loneliness, depression, and destruction all around, seek (aim at and strive after) first, His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right) and then all these things taken together will be given to you besides, do not be anxious about tomorrow.” Again, in seeking Jesus, time is a focus. We must seek Jesus. Time to us, many times, is our immediate focus, we want things to hurry up, to break through, to get better NOW! Time, a time to build, a time tear down. To everything there is a purpose in the Father’s plan. Patience is a virtue, fruit of the spirit, that we work through in time. We are all in the last sliver of time, before Jesus Christ’s return. In time and eternity, where are we standing? Seasons will change and bring trials, test and temptation. Seasons will bring life, sorrow and joy. We must stand and know what He has promised and believe He will do what He says He will do. Believe is to trust in, to cleave to, no matter what it looks like.  It all began with a step in time. Jesus, the Son of God, walked across eternity, one step at a time. He was righteous, just, and pure and His steps ordered of God. It was time, when they decided Jesus would die. Time cringed as nails are driven into his feet and hands. Time then stopped for the greatest moment in history. Everything was dark when Jesus Christ gave up his last breath for you and me. He conquered death, hell, and the grave in that sliver of time. When Jesus had conquered death, hell and the grave, He rose up and went to the right hand of His Father, so that we too could have a new life. (John 3:16). Why did He do this? He did it for the joy that was set before Him. That joy was you and me. That joy was knowing we could all to be together in eternity. Jesus saw us in time through eternity, and He saw as redeemed by His blood. It all started with one step at a time. Where is our next step in the sliver of time we live in? What will you do with time?