Acupressure for irregular menstruation, abdominal pain, & edema
Spleen 8, also known as SP8 or Diji, is an acupuncture point located on the medial aspect of the lower leg. Stimulating this point can have several potential benefits, particularly in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory.
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Here are some of the potential benefits associated with stimulating Spleen 8:
Harmonizing the Spleen: According to TCM, the Spleen meridian is responsible for the digestion and transformation of food, as well as the distribution of nutrients throughout the body. Stimulating Spleen 8 is believed to harmonize the functioning of the Spleen, promoting healthy digestion and metabolism.
Regulating Blood: Spleen 8 is considered to have a strong effect on regulating blood circulation. It is believed to invigorate blood flow and resolve stagnation, potentially benefiting conditions such as menstrual irregularities, abdominal pain, and blood stasis.
Strengthening the Kidneys: In TCM, the Kidneys are considered the foundation of the body's vital energy (Qi) and are responsible for the storage of Jing, the essence of life. Stimulating Spleen 8 is thought to tonify the Kidney energy, promoting overall vitality and strength.
Alleviating Gynecological Issues: Spleen 8 is believed to have a specific affinity for gynecological conditions. It is commonly used in TCM to address menstrual disorders, such as irregular or painful periods, as well as to promote fertility and support overall reproductive health.
Reducing Dampness: Dampness is a concept in TCM associated with excessive fluid accumulation and sluggishness in the body. Stimulating Spleen 8 is thought to resolve dampness, which can manifest as symptoms like edema, heaviness in the limbs, or digestive issues.
How to stimulate Spleen 8:
- Apply pressure: With the pointed tip of your Gua Sha apply firm and steady pressure on Spleen 8. The duration of pressure applied to an acupressure point can vary depending on your sensitivity and comfort levels. You can start with applying gentle pressure for about 10 to 30 seconds and gradually increase the duration if it feels comfortable. It should feel like a pleasant, stimulating sensation without causing pain or discomfort.
- Massage or circular motion: While maintaining the pressure, you can gently massage the point in a circular motion. This can help enhance the stimulation and relaxation of the area. You can also try pressing and releasing the point rhythmically.
- Breathe and relax: As you apply pressure, take slow, deep breaths, and try to relax your body. Deep breathing can help enhance the benefits of acupressure by promoting relaxation and improved circulation.
- Glide along the channel: After stimulating Spleen 8, gently and slowly glide your Gua Sha upward towards your knee to promote further relaxation and blood flow. Use long, smooth strokes and maintain a moderate amount of pressure. Make sure to keep the tool at a comfortable angle.
- Repeat on the other leg: If desired, you can repeat the process on the corresponding point on the other leg to achieve balance.
Watch our guided video tutorial on how to stimulate Spleen 8 here