Acupressure is an alternative therapy to heal various physical and mental diseases in human body. There are some effective pressure points for stress and some pressure points for anxiety, you should keep reading ahead to know the location of each pressure point and learn how to apply acupressure points to relieve stress and anxiety.
When the stress and anxiety are severe, the affected people will experience difficulty in falling asleep, increased irritability, consistent worrying, chest pain or heaviness in chest, consistent headache and much more. If you don’t take action to relieve stress and anxiety, you may soon be in depression.
Acupressure Points for Stress Relief and Anxiety are situated at various spots in body. Here we provide the list of 14 pressure points for stress and anxiety as follows:
Best Acupressure Points for Relieving Anxiety
- Hundred Convergences Point – Governing Vessel 20 (GV20)
- Wind Pool Point – Gates of Consciousness – Gallbladder 20 (GB20)
- Shoulder Well Point – Gallbladder 21 (GB21)
- Arm Three Miles Point – Large Intestine 10 (LI10)
- Inner Gate Point – Pericardium 6 (PC6)
- Spirit Gate Point – Heart 7 (HT7)
- Third Eye Point – Governing Vessel 24.5 (GV24.5)
- Chest Center Point – Sea of Tranquility – Conception Vessel 17 (CV17)
- Will Chamber Point – Bladder 52 (BL52)
- Union Valley Point – Large Intestine 4 (LI4)
- Three Mile Point – Stomach 36 (ST36)
- Great Rushing Point – Liver 3 (LV3)
- Three Yin Crossing Point – Spleen 6 (SP6)
- Bubbling Spring Point – Kidney 1 (KD1)
Now, we will explain all the above pressure points for stress and anxiety in detail so that you can find and apply them when needed.
Hundred Convergences Point – Governing Vessel 20 (GV20):
Acupressure Hundred Convergences Point is the first pressure point for anxiety. This point is situated on the top of the head and it is also known as Governing Vessel 20 or GV20 Point. The exact location of GV20 Point is on the midline of the head, 9.18-inch directly above the posterior hairline where all the yang meridians meet.
You can see the above picture to locate Hundred Convergences Point on your head. Find GV20 Point and apply firm pressure on it for one minute, then release. Applying pressure on GV20 Point will relieve anxiety, impulse control, dizziness, poor memory, headache, tinnitus, nasal obstruction and low energy.
Wind Pool Point – Gates of Consciousness – Gallbladder 20 (GB20):
Acupressure Wind Pool Point is helpful to reduce anxiety, insomnia, etc. The Wind Pool Point is also known as Gates of Consciousness and Gallbladder 20 or GB20 Point. The GB20 Point is situated on backside of your neck, below base of the skull. Find the Back of the Neck Points with help of the picture displayed above.
Apply firm pressure on GB20 Points on both sides for 1-2 minutes to get quick relief in stress. Applying pressure on Wind Pool Point in daily routine will help you to relieve eyestrain, too much exhaustion, stiffness in Neck, stress, sore throat etc.
Shoulder Well Point – Gallbladder 21 (GB21):
Acupressure Shoulder Well Point is useful to give relief in stress and tension in nerves. This pressure point is also called Gallbladder 21 or GB21 Point. The Shoulder Well Point is situated on the backside, in midway between your shoulders and the foundation of the neck.
You can find the Gallbladder 21 Point by viewing the picture displayed above. Apply gentle pressure on GB21 Point on both shoulders continuously for one minute, then release. The GB21 Point provides relief and reduction in Stress related problems, stiffness in neck, tension in nerves, pain in shoulders & back, mastitis and insufficient lactation.
Arm Three Miles Point – Large Intestine 10 (LI10):
Arm Three Miles Point is very effective to relieve anxiety and distress in chest. This pressure point is popularly known as Large Intestine 10 or LI10 Point. Acupressure LI10 Point is situated at inner side of your elbow.
You can find the Arm Three Miles Point in both arms as displayed in above picture. Apply pressure on LI10 Point in both arms one by one to get relief in anxiety as well as heal problems like pain in arms, upset stomach, pain in elbow, chest distress and others.
Inner Gate Point – Pericardium 6 (PC6):
Inner Gate Point is very effective for reducing anxiety fast. This point is also called Pericardium 6 or PC6 or P6 Point. Acupressure Inner Gat Point is situated in the inner side of your forearm and above the wrist. Find the Forearm Point at 3 finger-width distance from the wrist crease. You can also refer the above picture to spot PC6 Point on your forearms.
Apply mild pressure on Pericardium 6 Point both forearms separately for one minute each. By stimulating to the Inner Gate Point daily, you can relieve anxiety, nausea, wrist pain, tremor, chest congestion, vomiting, vertigo, dizziness, poor memory, sadness and feeling manic.
Spirit Gate Point – Heart 7 (HT7):
Spirit Gate Point is useful to get relief in anxiety and fear. It is also known as Heart 7 or HT7 or H7 Point. Acupressure Spirit Gate Point is situated on the fold of the wrist. The exact place of HT7 Point is on the forearm in the line to last finger (pinky).
You can easily find the Acupressure Spirit Gate Point as displayed in the above picture. Apply mild pressure on HT7 Point for one minute on each hand to relieve anxiety as well as lack of memory. The Heart 7 Point also relieves fearfulness, emotional stress, anxiety, tension and memory loss.
Third Eye Point – Governing Vessel 24.5 (GV24.5):
Third Eye Point is very efficient to reduce anxiety. Acupressure Third Eye Point is also called Governing Vessel 24.5 Point. The GV24.5 Point is situated in between your eyebrows. The exact place for Third Eye Point is the center point between the two eyebrows.
Find the Third Eye Point and apply firm pressure on it for one minute, then release. Applying pressure on the Acupressure Third Eye Point will be beneficial in healing nervousness, anxiety and improving tranquility of body.
Chest Center Point – Sea of Tranquility – Conception Vessel 17 (CV17):
Chest Center Point is very effective to provide relief in anxiety and emotional misbalancing. The other names for this point are Sea of Tranquility and Conception Vessel 17 or CV17. The Acupressure Chest Center Point is situated in the middle of the breastbones.
The exact place for CV17 Point is at Center of the Breastbone and on the upper side of base of the bone. See above picture to locate CV17 Point and apply mild pressure on it for one minute, then release. The Sea of Tranquility Point will relieve nervousness, anxiety, depression and distress in the chest.
Will Chamber Point – Bladder 52 (BL52):
Will Chamber Point is an effective point for regulating urinary system and anxiety problem. It is also known as Bladder 52, Urinary Bladder 52 and UB52 or BL52 Point. The BL52 Pressure Point is situated in the lower back, 3.94-inch lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the second lumbar vertebra.
Find out Bladder 52 Point on both sides on the lower back and apply gentle pressure on it for one minute. Applying pressure on Will Chamber Point will relieve anxiety and other psychosomatic disorders of the kidney as well as difficulty in urination, edema, seminal emission, impotence and stiffness in the back.
Union Valley Point – Large Intestine 4 (LI4):
Union Valley Point is very popular as well as effective in Stress and Anxiety problems. It is popularly known as Large Intestine 4 or LI4 Point. Acupressure Union Valley Point is situated in the central part between Thumb and Index Finger. The exact place of LI4 Point is at the webbing between the Index Finger and the Thumb as displayed in the picture above.
Apply firm pressure Large Intestine 4 Point on left hand for one minute, then repeat the same on the right hand. Applying pressure on Union Valley Point will be beneficial to reduce stress, nervousness in muscle, headache, dizziness, swelling of the eyes, nasal problems, irritability and manic psychosis.
Three Mile Point – Stomach 36 (ST36):
Acupressure Three Mile Point provides Strength in whole body and relieves Allergies. It is also known as Stomach 36 or ST36 Point. The Three Mile Point (ST36) is situated below the knee at four finger width below the kneecap, toward outside of the shinbone. You can refer the above picture to reach ST36 Point on your legs.
Apply firm pressure on Three Mile Point on both legs simultaneously for two minutes. The ST36 Point will Balance Energy in your Body, Improve Concentration Power and reduce Stress & Mental Disorders.
Great Rushing Point – Liver 3 (LV3):
Acupressure Great Rushing Point is effective for Anxiety and Emotional Disorders. It is also called Bigger Rushing Point and Liver 3 or LV3 Point. The Liver 3 Point is situated in the webbing between big toe and second toe on both feet. Refer above picture to locate LV3 Point on your feet.
Apply pressure on Great Rushing Point for two minutes on a regular basis to be free from Anger, Irritability, Anxiety, Insomnia and Premenstrual Syndrome.
Three Yin Crossing Point – Spleen 6 (SP6):
Three Yin Crossing Point is an important point for anxiety relief. It is popularly known as Spleen 6 or SP6 or Three Yin Intersection Point. The Spleen 6 Point is situated on inner side of the lower leg, four finger-width above the anklebone as shown in the above picture.
Find the Three Yin Crossing Point on both legs and apply firm pressure on it for one minute, then release. Applying pressure on SP6 Point on a regular basis will relieve anxiety, menstrual cramps, PMS syndrome, abdominal bloating & pain, headache, heartburn, insomnia and dysuria.
Bubbling Spring Point – Kidney 1 (KD1):
Acupressure Bubbling Spring Point is a great healer for Anxiety. It is also known as Kidney or KD1 Point. The Kidney 1 Point is located on the sole of the foot, in the depression in plantar flexion, at junction of the anterior and middle-third of the sole.
Refer the above picture to reach Kidney 1 Point on your feet. Find the Bubbling Spring Point and press gently for one minute on each foot. The Kidney 1 Point will help you to give relaxation and relieve Anxiety, Dizziness, Sore Throat and Fever.
FAQs about Pressure Points for Stress and Anxiety
You can relieve stress and anxiety with acupressure if you know the pressure points for stress relief and anxiety. Here we provide some FAQs about stress relief pressure points to help you get rid of stress and anxiety without taking any harmful drugs.
Q.1 Where are the pressure points to relieve stress?
The pressure points to relieve stress are located on the head, back of the neck, chest, lower back, hands, forearms, legs and feet.
Q.2 Which are the best pressure points to control anxiety?
GV24.5, HT7, BL52, SP6, LV3 and KD1 are the best pressure points to control anxiety if you apply them regularly.
Q.3 How can I calm myself quickly?
You can calm yourself quickly by applying pressure points for stress and anxiety that we have explained above.
Q.4 How does acupressure cure anxiety?
The acupressure has some pressure points for anxiety. These pressure points regulates the flow of energy and blood circulation in brain and whole body. If you apply acupressure points for anxiety daily, it will cure anxiety, stress and other issues.
The Acupressure Points to get rid of Stress and Anxiety are effective according to our best knowledge and experience. You should apply the pressure points for anxiety on daily basis to calm your mind and live a balanced life. For more queries regarding stress relief pressure points, ask us in the comment box, we will answer your queries shortly.