Arm and Hand Acupressure Points
By Chad Dupuis
Tagged in Bodywork and Basics
Below you will find commonly used acupressure points located on the arms and hands. Acupressure on the arm and hand points aids a number of conditions including headaches, nausea, breathing problems, sinus issues, stress, anxiety and more. For acupressure points on other parts of the body, or for a general introduction to acupressure, please read the appropriate section:
On the Lung meridian, located 1.5 cun above the wrist crease, superior to the styloid process of the radius. Generally found by sliding your finger from the thumb side of your wrist crease over the styloid process and press where sore.
¤ Uses: cold symptoms (sneezing, chills, runny nose), sore throat.
On the Lung meridian, located at the wrist crease on the radial side of the radial artery. Generally found by feeling the pulse in your wrist near the joint and moving your finger towards the thumb.
¤ Uses: cough, asthma, shortness of breath.
On the Pericardium meridian, located on the transverse cubital crease on the ulnar side of the biceps brachii tendon.
Generally found on the elbow joint on the inside of the biceps tendon.
¤ Uses: stomach/digestion issues, anxiety, stuffiness in the chest.
On the Pericardium meridian, located 2 cun above the wrist crease between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis. Generally found by sliding the finger lightly from the wrist crease between the two tendons in the middle of the arm until it stops and pressing where it is most sore. This is the point where the motion sickness bands are designed to stimulate.
¤ Uses: anxiety, motion sickness, insomnia, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome.
On the Heart meridian, located at the wrist crease, on the radial side of the flexor carpi ulnaris tendon, between the ulna and the pisiform bones. Generally found by sliding your finger across your wrist crease from the thumb side towards the pinky side and stopping when you hit the bone and pressing where most tender.
¤ Uses: anxiety, insomnia, heart palpitations, depression.
On the Small Intestine meridian, located at the ulnar end of the distal palmar crease proximal to the 5th metacarpal phalangeal joint at the junction of the red & white skin. Generally found by sliding your finger along the outside of your hand towards your pinky finger stopping in the depression before you get to the pinky joint.
Uses: neck pain, headaches at the back of the head, earaches, ringing in the ears.
On the Large Intestine meridian, located in the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side. Generally found by sliding your finger from the joint of your index finger towards your wrist stopping in the depression where the thumb and the index finger bones meet and pressing where most tender.
¤ Uses: headaches in the front of the head, pain anywhere, cold symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, etc. Do not use if pregnant.
On the Large Intestine meridian, located at the lateral end of the transverse cubital crease. Generally found by bending your elbow and looking for the sensitive point where the elbow crease ends on the outside of your arm.
¤ Uses: fever, arm/shoulder pain, diarrhea.
Acupressure Point Sections:
- Note: Acupuncture points are often located by the cun measurement, which is a relative measurement tool.
- You can click on the point names below to find more information about the point and the meridian name to see a graphic of the meridian.
- For particular conditions you can read our conditions treated section which offers some of the more commonly used points for a given condition.
Arm and Hand Acupressure Points
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Authored by: Chad Dupuis on 24 May 2015
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