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One of the most exciting things about holistic healing is the fact that we can use our hands to facilitate healing processes in our bodies. This is often done by working with meridians (energetic pathways throughout our body) and their acupoints.

On this page, you will find a list of acupressure sedating and strengthening points that you can use for addressing specific issues, such as diminishing pain, strengthening your immunity, boosting your energy, balance your hormones etc. These techniques are based on the systems of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Feel Better by Balancing Your Meridians

Working with your meridians can often make you feel better in minutes. Strengthening the Spleen meridian, for example, can lift you from feeling down, boost your immunity, or even stop an approaching cold from taking hold of you. Sedating the Kidney meridian can diminish lower back pain. I have worked with my meridians many times, and it’s always been very exciting to feel the energetic shifts in my body, experience pain relief, and improvement in my overall state. Equally, it’s been amazing to be able to help others diminish their pain or improve their state in general.

Techniques for Balancing a Meridian

To balance a meridian, you can use the following techniques: 

  • Trace a meridian
  • Flush a meridian
  • Work with the acupressure points of a meridian

Tracing a Meridian

Watch the master practitioner of energy medicine Donna Eden trace all the 14 meridians. 

Flushing a Meridian

How to flush a meridian:

  • Trace it backward once
  • Trace it forward three times

(If you don’t know how to trace a meridian, watch the video above.)

Working With the Acupressure Points of a Meridian

There are three ways we can work with the acupressure points:

  • Sedate
  • Strengthen
  • Use the Three-Point Technique

Further down the page are diagrams that will show you how to sedate or strengthen any meridian, according to your needs.

How Do I Know What Acupoints to Use for a Particular Issue?

I highly recommend an app called POINTS which list a long number of conditions and the treatment protocols – e.g. of you have a headache, you will get a combination of acupoints that you can hold or massage to alleviate your pain. (You can read my review of the POINTS app here)

Sedating a Meridian

Step 1 – Sedate the Meridian 

Sedate (relax) a particular meridian by holding its sedating points. You will be sending its excess energy to the next meridian. (You’ll see how the meridian flow works on The Five Elements Wheel diagram further down.)

The Procedure:

Gently hold the sedating points for 2 – 3 minutes. Use the tips of your fingers (preferably the index or the middle finger).

Do this one side of the body first, (e.g. on your right foot + right arm).

Repeat the same procedure on the other side of the body (your left foot + left arm), also for 2 – 3 minutes.

Step 2 – Stabilise the Energy Flow by Holding the Control (Stabilizing) Points:

We now need to stop the flow of energy from the previous meridian. We’ll be stabilizing the shift in energy by holding the control points.

The Procedure:

Gently hold the two control points for 1,5 minutes.

Do this on both sides of the body.

Strengthening a Meridian

Step 1 – Strengthen the Meridian 

Strengthen the meridian by holding its strengthening points. You will be ‘borrowing energy’ from the previous meridian (see the Flow Wheel lower down)

The Procedure:

Gently hold the strenggetning points for 2 – 3 minutes. Use the tips of your fingers (ideally the index or the middle finger).

Do this one side of the body first, (e.g. your right side) and then repeat the same procedure on the other side of the body, also for 2 – 3 minutes.

Step 2 – Stabilise the Energy Flow by Holding the Control Points:

Gently hold the control points for about 1,5 minutes.

As in the previous step, do this on both sides of the body.

Three-Pointing a Meridian

The Three Point Technique is a combination of sedating and strengthening a meridian in one session. Sometimes a meridian needs to be cleared of stale or toxic energies first in order to receive strengthening energies. This means that we sedate it first to move the old energies out, and then strengthen it. In the end, we use the control points to stabilise the shift.

We often use the Three-Point technique to treat hormonal imbalances, such as during PMS or menopause. (In these cases it’s Kidney, Liver, and Spleen).

Step 1 – Sedate the Meridian:

Sedate (relax) the meridian by sending its excess energy to the next meridian.

The Procedure:

Gently hold the sedating points for 2 minutes. Use the tips of your fingers (preferably the index or the middle finger).

Do this one side of the body first, (e.g. on your right foot + right arm).

Repeat the same procedure on the other side of the body (your left foot + left arm), also for 2 minutes.

Step 2 – Strengthen the Meridian 

After sedating it, you will strengthen the meridian by holding its strengthening points.

The Procedure:

Gently hold the strengthening points for 2 minutes. Use the tips of your fingers (ideally the index or the middle finger).

Do this one side of the body first, (e.g. your right side) and then repeat the same procedure on the other side of the body, also for 2 minutes.

Step 3 – Stabilise the energy flow by holding the control (stabilising) points:

Gently hold the control points for about 1 minute. As in the previous step, do this on both sides of the body.

The Five Elements Wheel

The Five Elements Wheel, used in Traditional Chinese medicine, shows how meridians relate to each other and what elements of nature they represent. It is an excellent reference for working with meridians and their acupoints. For example, when you are holding strengthening points of a meridian, you are sending energy to the meridian from the previous meridian.

When you are holding the sedating points, you are sending energy from the particular meridian to the next meridian on the wheel.

Finally, when you are holding the control points (stabilising points), the flow of energy of particular meridian will be stabilised by another meridian.

The Five Elements Wheel

An Example of Working with Acupoints of a Meridian

Let’s see an illustrated example of working with a meridian. Let’s say we want to strengthen the Spleen meridian to boost your immunity or to lift you from feeling low. I have selected this particular meridian because this is one of the most important acupressure practices that you can use for self-healing. It is one of my favorite methods for improving my immunity and lifting my spirits.

Strengthening Spleen Meridian

Step 1 – Strengthen the Spleen Meridian 

Strengthen the Spleen meridian by borrowing some energy from the previous meridian (i.e. Heart meridian).

The Procedure:

Gently hold the following two points (Spleen 2 and Heart 8) for 2 – 3 minutes. Use the tips of your fingers (ideally the index or the middle finger).

Do this one side of the body first, (e.g. your right side) and then repeat the same procedure on the other side of the body, also for 2 – 3 minutes.

Spleen 2 acupressure point
Heart 8 acupressure point

Disclaimer: The images of acupressure points on this page are a part of an interactive acupuncture software/app called POINTS. You can find more information about the software in my review of this app. The images are licensed to Miridia Acupuncture Technology. 

Step 2 – Stabilise the energy flow by holding the control points:

Gently hold the following two points (Spleen 1 and Liver 1) for about 1,5 minutes.

As in the previous step, do this on both sides of the body.

Spleen 1 + Liver 1 acupressure points

Try the Following!

Here are a few selected issues that you may like to work on by using the list below:

Stomach ache: Sedate The Stomach Meridian

Lower back pain: Sedate The Kidney Meridian

Respiratory problems, cough: Strengthen The Lung Meridian

PMS – hormonal imbalances: Three-Point Kidney, Liver and Spleen Meridians

Feeling depressed: Strengthen The Spleen Meridian

Having low immunity: Strengthen The Spleen Meridian

Feeling anxious, having a panic attack: Sedate The Triple Warmer Meridian

Acupressure Sedating, Strengthening, and Stabilising (Control) Points – Full List

Disclaimer: The images of acupressure points on this page are a part of an interactive acupuncture software/app called POINTS. You can find more information about the software in my review of this app. The images are licensed to Miridia Acupuncture Technology. 

The Spleen Meridian

Sedating Points

Spleen 5 acupressure point
Lung 8 acupressure point

The Spleen Meridian

Strengthening Points

Spleen 2 acupressure point
Heart 8 acupressure point

The Spleen Meridian

Control Points (Stabilising Points)

Spleen 1 + Liver 1 acupressure points

The Heart Meridian

Sedating Points

Small Intestine 3 acupressure point
Gallbladder 41 acupressure point

Note: We never directly sedate the Heart meridian. Instead, we use the strengthening points of the neighbouring Small Intestine meridian.

The Heart Meridian

Strengthening Points

Heart 9 acupressure point
Liver 1 acupressure point

The Heart Meridian

Control Points (Stabilising Points) after strengthening

Heart 3 acupressure point
Kidney 10 acupressure point

The Heart Meridian

Control Points (Stabilising Points) after sedating

Small Intesstine 2 acupressure point
Bladder 66 acupressure point

The Small Intestine Meridian

Sedating Points

Small Intestine 8 Acupressure Point
Stomach 36 acupressure point

The Small Intestine Meridian

Strengthening Points

Small Intestine 3 acupressure point
Gallbladder 41 acupressure point

The Small Intestine Meridian

Control Points (Stabilising Points)

Small Intesstine 2 acupressure point
Bladder 66 acupressure point

The Bladder Meridian

Sedating Points 

Bladder 65 acupressure point
Gallbladder 41 acupressure point

The Bladder Meridian

Strengthening Points

Bladder 67 acupressure point
Large Intestine 1 acupressure point

The Bladder Meridian

Control Points (Stabilising Points)

Bladder 40 acupressure point
Stomach 36 acupressure point

The Kidney Meridian

Sedating Points

Kidney 1 Acupressure Point
Liver 1 acupressure point

The Kidney Meridian

Strengthening Points

Kidney 7 acupressure point
Lung 8 acupressure point

The Kidney Meridian

Control Points (Stabilising Points)

Kidney 3 Acupressure Point
Spleen 3 acupressure point

The Pericardium (or Circulation Sex) Meridian

Sedating Points

Pericardium 7 Acupressure Point
Spleen 3 acupressure point

The Pericardium (or Circulation Sex) Meridian

Strengthening Points

Pericardium 9 Acupressure Point
Liver 1 acupressure point

The Pericardium (or Circulation Sex) Meridian

Control Points (Stabilising Points)

Pericardium 3 Acupressure Point
Kidney 10 acupressure point

The Triple Warmer Meridian

Sedating Points

Triple Warmer 10 acupressure point
Stomach 36 acupressure point

The Triple Warmer Meridian

Strengthening Points

Triple Warmer 3 acupressure point
Gallbladder 41 acupressure point

The Triple Warmer Meridian

Control Points (Stabilising Points)

Triple Warmer 2 acupressure point
Bladder 66 acupressure point

The Gallbladder Meridian

Sedating Points

Gallbladder 38 acupressure point
Small Intestine 5 acupressure point

The Gallbladder Meridian

Strengthening Points

Gallbladder 43 acupressure point
Bladder 66 acupressure point

The Gallbladder Meridian

Control Points (Stabilising Points)

Gallbladder 44 acupressure point
Large Intestine 1 acupressure point

The Liver Meridian

Sedating Points

Liver 2 acupressure point
Heart 8 acupressure point

The Liver Meridian

Strengthening Points

Liver 8 acupressure point
Kidney 10 acupressure point

The Liver Meridian

Control Points (Stabilising Points)

Liver 4 acupressure point
Lung 8 acupressure point

The Lung Meridian

Sedating Points

Lung 5 acupressure point
Kidney 10 acupressure point

The Lung Meridian

Strengthening Points

Lung 9 acupressure point
Spleen 3 acupressure point

The Lung Meridian

Control Points (Stabilising Points)

Lung 10 acupressure point
Heart 8 acupressure point

The Large Intestine Meridian

Sedating Points

Large Intestine 2 acupressure point
Bladder 66 acupressure point

The Large Intestine Meridian

Strengthening Points

Large Intestine 11 acupressure point
Stomach 36 acupressure point

The Large Intestine Meridian

Control Points (Stabilising Points)

Large Intestine 5 acupressure point
Small Intestine 5 acupressure point

The Stomach Meridian

Sedating Points

Stomach 45 acupressure point
Large Intestine 1 acupressure point

The Stomach Meridian

Strengthening Points

Stomach 41 acupressure point
Small Intestine 5 acupressure point

The Stomach Meridian

Control Points (Stabilising Points)

Stomach 43 acupressure point
Gallbladder 41 acupressure point

Learn More About Meridians and Acupressure Points

I hope you enjoyed reading this page. If you’d like to learn more about acupressure points and how to use them, I highly recommend the interactive acupuncture software ‘POINTS’, which has been the source of the acupoint images on this page. You can read my review of this software here: POINTS Review – Acupuncture Points and Charts.

points - interactive acupuncture software

I also highly recommend the folding laminated chart pictured below. It shows every single acupressure point on our body, including the poetic ancient Chinese names for each important point. I’ve found this chart a very valuable study guide, especially during my Energy Medicine Foundation Course.

accupresure points and meridian chart 2
accupresure points and meridian chart 2

Share Your Thoughts

It would be nice to hear about your experience. Do you have experience with acupuncture or acupressure, and if so, with what results? Let me know your thoughts, questions, or other comments in the comments below and I look forward to getting back to you soon. 

BY LUCIE DUN

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