Acupressure for Treating Menstrual Cramps

Being in good general health and getting enough rest and exercise will help you to avoid menstrual problems. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine will help to prevent menstrual cramps. Acupressure is relaxing and it improves the circulation. Acupressure is easy to do and it has no side effects. A person can give themselves acupressure treatments while they are lying in bed.

Acupressure techniques will help to relieve menstrual cramps, bloating, pain, headaches and physical tension. The SP 6 acupressure point is traditionally used to treat menstrual cramps. Acupressure ankle bands that are used for menstrual pain relief apply pressure to the SP 6 acupressure point. SP 6 is one palm width above the ankle on the outside of the shinbone. Pressing SP 6 relieves menstrual cramps, water retention, genital pain and vaginal discharge and helps to relax the cervix. Press and massage the SP 6 acupressure points for a few minutes.

While lying on your back in a comfortable position massage the abdominal and pelvic area. Then gently press and massage the SP 13 points. The SP 13 points are above the crease of the leg and the abdomen three finger widths below the navel. Gently pressing these points will alleviate the pain of menstrual cramps. Then press and massage the SP 12 points. The SP 12 points are two finger widths below the SP 13 points. Pressing these points helps to relax the abdominal area and alleviate cramps. Next massage and press the CV 6 point which is one palm width below the navel. Pressing and massaging this area will alleviate cramps, PMS, abnormal periods, vaginal discharge and infertility. Now press and massage the CV 4 point which is two finger widths below the CV 6 point. Massaging and pressing this area provides the benefits of CV 6 and also helps to treat incontinence. Then press and massage the CV 2 point which is on the pubic bone.

Turn over to lie on your stomach or sit up to press the sacral points. The sacral points are close to the tail bone. Three points are near the spine on both sides. Five points are one or two finger widths from those. Pressing these points relaxes the uterus and alleviates menstrual cramps. Then press the points one to two finger widths to the side from the sacrum halfway between the hipbone and the base of the buttocks. Pressing and massaging these points alleviates menstrual cramps, PMS and pelvic tension. Then press and massage the B 23 points and then the B 52 points. The B 23 points are at waist level on both sides of the spine. The B 52 points are one and a half inches outside of B 23.

Pressing and massaging these acupressure points will also provide relief from menstrual cramps: P 6, P 9, LI 4, B 60, LV 1, LV 2 and K 1. P 6 is located two thumb widths from the wrist crease on the inner side of the arm. P 9 is found on the middle finger just below the fingernail and to the side toward the thumb. LI 4 is on the highest point of the webbing produced by holding the thumb and index finger together. The point should be pressed toward the index finger. B 60 is behind the ankle on the outside of the ankle. LV 1 is below and beside the inner side of the first toenail. LV 2 is located on the foot just above the space between the first and second toes. K 1 is located in the middle of the sole of the foot just behind the ball of the foot.