7 Most Important Acupressure Points

By Hannah |
|5 min read

Pressure points are the sensitive parts of the body. Touch therapists believe that applying pressure on the acupressure points of the body can help to reduce pain, relieve stress, and improve balance as well as the overall health of the body. There are more than 800 pressure points in the body with almost 30 of them being on the hands and the feet.

Hand Pressure Points

The hand holds several essential pressure points, which help to stimulate the body's self-curative properties. These are elaborately discussed at acupressure.com, but we shall also point out some very important information in respect to those seven vital touch points in the hand.

1. Hand valley point

This is one of the pressure points in hand and is located in the firm area between the index finger and the thumb.

Reflexologists claim that applying pressure on this area helps to reduce pain. Some of the benefits associated with this touch therapy are a reduction of toothache pain, neck stiffness, complications associated with bowel movement especially constipation, heat in the body especially in summer, and severe headaches.

2. Base thumb point

This point lies at the base of the thumb almost at the wrist. The thumb is a very pivotal part of the hand since it helps in grasping and a series of other activities.

In the same way, when it comes to reflexology, its pressure points also control parts or activities of the body that is very sensitive. For example, massaging this point is believed to relieve respiratory difficulties as well as other breathing problems. However, because these hand pressure points are responsible for the breathing system, they should only be used under the guidance of an acupressure specialist.

3. Wrist point

You know a wristwatch? That area of the hand where the watch sits is the wrist point. To get the exact point, run your hand down the little finger until the spot where you feel the wrist crease. At that point, you will have found the wrist point.

Putting pressure on this part of the hand is believed to relieve insomnia, depression, heart palpitations, and anxiety.

4. Inner gate point

We believe that this spot is called the inner gate because it is located far from the wrist compared to other pressure points in hand we have discussed. The easiest way to locate this spot is to stretch the hand out as if receiving something, then move up the hand approximately 3 centimeters.

It's believed that massaging this spot helps to improve the digestive system, release stomach pain and nausea. These can help to increase energy in the body.

5. Outer gate point

This is the point that appears directly opposite the inner gate point. It is located on the backside of the arm between the two tendons at the back of the hand.

Reflexologists believe that applying pressure on this spot gives the immune system a boost. It's also believed that it boosts energy. In essence, it's one of the hand pressure points that is vital since the immune system determines the health conditions of the body.

6. Small intestine 3

It's the point found on the outside part of the hand right below the little finger. The small intestines are an important part of the body in as far as digestion, and the absorption of nutrients is concerned.

It's believed that gently pressing this spot can relieve headaches, earaches, neck pain and other pains that might appear at the back of the head.

7. Lung meridian

This point runs from the tip of the thumb to the base of your wrist crease. To locate the exact point, you should run your finger along the thumb to the wrist base, and once you feel a sore point, that's the lung meridian point.

Working gently on this spot through massage is believed to relieve chills, running nose, sore throat, and sneezing. The lung meridian hand pressure points are paired with the large intestine meridian and working together they help in blood circulation. You can stimulate this spot if you feel depressed, or have a sore throat, anxiety, or cold.

Based on random control trials and other research studies published in the National Institute of Health, reflexology as a means of managing ailments is effective. However, it should not solely be relied upon, but the study recommends using acupressure points therapy together with scientific medication for effective results.


There are several Acupressure points in the body and we believe that you have understood all the ones we have discussed, which are on the hand. Almost all pressure points help to alleviate pain, stress, and other streams of ailments. As we have seen above, even the world health organization recognizes reflexology as a form of treatment. What you require is consulting with qualified personnel to get the right pressure points and learn how to apply the pressure appropriately. The video below explains some vital information as far as hand pressure points are concerned.



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