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Hand Acupressure/Reflexology Basics, Part 1

I remember a few months ago I had a brief introduction of Hand Acupressure. After that, we just jumped right into those practical hand therapies without talking deeper. I guess it's about time to continue talking about some basics of hand acupressure I learned from some Chinese resources. However, I still would recommend you spend 1-2 minutes reading that brief introduction I posted few months ago before reading this. It described what "Acupoints" and meridians (or channels) are, and introduced different ways of stimulation on those acupressure points (acupoints). Basically, we have 370k to 380k small channels that form 10-14 major meridians in our body. These meridians connect internal organs for Qi (Chi) and blood flow. When there's a disorder with an internal organ, there will be a "reflex" on these meridians. When we stimulate certain points on these meridians (acupoints), we can treat the disorder.

For hand acupressure, there are meridians on our fingers. Each finger has a meridian that somehow responsible for certain inner systems. Let's briefly introduce the meridians on these fingers.

Thumb meridian - regulates respiratory system and catalyzes metabolism;

Index finger meridian - regulates functions of liver, stomach and pancreas;

Middle finger meridian - regulates heart and blood flow etc. ;

Ring finger meridian - related to nerve system, visual system etc;

Little finger meridian - regulate functions of lungs and reproductive system.

Reflexology is somehow a western name, while it is kind of similar to the theory of Chinese acupressure. For normal people, it's not easy to understand how meridians work. But if you can at least understand which fingers belong to which system and just rub your fingers frequently, even if you didn't hit the right acupoints, it's still going to have certain effects.

We'll continue very soon.