This five point acupressure circuit will help your body to fight against feelings of depression, helping you to feel lighter.
This circuit comes from the book Five Point Touch Therapy by Pierre-Noël Delatte, MD.
Five Point Technique Application
The purpose of the technique is to stimulate all five acupressure points through touch, so that you are aware of them all at the same time once you've completed the circuit.
On the first application, press each spot firmly, but not painfully, for about five seconds before moving to the next.
Don't be afraid to re-stimulate a spot that you do not feel afterwards.
Once all five spots are similarly sensitive and you're aware of them, cycle through the entire circuit three times, stopping for a second or two at each acupressure spot. Remember you're aiming to feel all five points activated at the same time.
Five Point Circuit Against Depression
Point 1: Spleen 1 (Right)
- Medial side of the right big toe, 0.1cm proximal to the corner of the nail.
- Hold your right big toe and press firmly a little bit below the lower left corner of the nail.
Point 2: Triple Heater 15 (Left)
- In the depression midway between Gall Bladder 21 and Small Intestine 13, in the suprascapular fossa.
- Put your right hand on the horizontal part of the left shoulder, on the top of the trapezius. Your middle finger should be resting a little bit above the projecting part of your left shoulder blade or scapula.
- The point you want should be right under the last joint of your middle finger.
- Press firmly and you should feel a more sensitive zone - if not, feel around the area until you locate a more sensitive area.
- Don't hesitate to press firmly as this point is not very sensitive or easy to locate.
Point 3: Lung 7 (Right)
- 5cm proximal to the most distal skin crease of the right wrist, proximal to the styloid of the radius in a depression between the bone and tendons of brachioradialis and abductor pollicis longus.
- This is where your doctor usually feels for your pulse.
- When you press you will feel a little depression between the bone and the tendons responsible for flexing your hand. If you pay attention, you'll be able to feel the pulse beat there.
Point 4: Large Intestine 14 (Left)
- Between the first and second metacarpals of your left hand, on the radial aspect of the middle of the second metacarpal bone, at the highest spot of the muscle when the thumb and index fingers are brought close together.
- Look at the back of your left hand. Separate the thumb from your index finger and place your right thumb into the angle shown in the picture above, at the point of the "V" formed by the first two metacarpal bones (the bones at the base of the thumb and index finger). Exert pressure and you'll feel a tender spot in that area.
Point 5: Conception Vessel 17
- In a depression on the midline of the sternum, level with the fourth intercostal space.
- This point is located right on the middle of the axis that connects the two nipples. This point will be highly sensitive in very anxious persons.
- As an alternative, you may use the point located five centimeters lower on the midline.
Complete five point circuit against depression
- Remember to cycle through this three times once you feel sensitivity in all five points simultaneously.