Here in the western hemisphere it is spring and for some horses and us humans it is allergy time. These acupressure points are a super helpful tool in helping your horse clear their reaction to the changing environment and relax and breath deeply.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 3,000 years ago, using the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension, and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force energy (Qi or chi) to promote health and healing. Using the same points as Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupressure applies a comfortable range of pressure from gentle to firm. Acupressure is safe, non-toxic and definitely habit forming… And the horses absolutely love it!
To perform acupressure, place the ball of your thumb or middle finger on the acupressure point. Gently apply direct pressure (approximately 2-4 pounds of pressure) to the point while exhaling. Use prolonged pressure directly on the point; gradual, steady, penetrating pressure for approximately three minutes is ideal. Slowly release the point while inhaling and move on to the next point. Use and trust your intuition as the horse will often guide you and direct you on the length of time and amount of pressure they desire.
Here are the acupressure points, their traditional names and benefits. You choose the order in which you would like to do them…trust yourself, relax, breath deeply and go with the flow of energy.
B 10 Heavenly Pillar: Relieves allergic reactions such as exhaustion, headache and itchy eyes. Also beneficial for cervical, shoulder or back pain, can benefit wobblers.
K 27 Elegant Mansion: Relieves allergies associated with chest congestion, breathing difficulties, coughing and chest pain.
LU 1 Letting Go: Relieves depression, grief, moodiness, shallow breathing, chest tension or congestion, coughing, asthma and skin disorders. Relieves fatigue and strengthens lungs.
LI 11 Crooked Pond: Relieves allergies, particularly inflamed skin disorders (such as hives and rashes), itching and fevers. Benefits the immune system and relieves diarrhea.
TW 5 Outer Gate: Relieves allergic reactions by strengthening the immune system. Also use for rheumatic conditions. Helps ease tendinitis. Use for navicular pain.
LI 4 Joining Valley:( Caution avoid this point on pregnant mares as it could cause premature contractions in the uterus. ) Relieves all kinds of allergies, releases head, neck, foreleg and shoulder pain. Important pain-reducing point, beneficial for pain in any part of the body. Balances the gastrointestinal system.
CV 6 Sea of Energy: Relieves allergies that accompany constipation, gas, fatigue, general weakness, tiredness and lethargy. Benefits Chi or energy as a general tonifiying effect.
LV 3 Bigger Rushing: Relieves all kinds of reactions, especially bloodshot eyes and neuromuscular disorders. Invigorates and clears energy systems. Calming point.
St 36 Three Mile Point: Strengthens the whole body to prevent as well as relieve allergies. Use to relieve fatigue. Stimulation of this point benefits digestion and helps restore the immune system.
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