Acupressure has been around for thousands of years and is recognized as a form of Chinese energetic healing which involves applying pressure to specific meridian points, or energy pathways to increase flow of vital “chi” or relieve possible blockages.
Acupressure is often used for the treatment of nausea and travel sickness, with proven success. Wearing a wrist band with a small plastic disc positioned correctly on the wrist can significantly reduce nausea and is a great alternative to medications. But there are so many more potential uses of acupressure.
Other uses of acupressure include the treatment of pain, allergy and sinus problems, gastrointestinal issues, hormone imbalances as well as a quick and easy fix for anxiety and/or stress. Although acupressure treatments are often carried out by a trained or certified professional, there are many techniques that can be carried out on your own, such as for anxiety.
When applying self-acupressure, use the pads of your index or third finger and apply firm but not painful pressure to a specific region on the body. A common site used for the treatment of anxiety is located on the lower arm. Measure three finger widths down from the crease in your wrist, in the center between the bones and apply pressure for two to three minutes while you slowly inhale and exhale. The calming effect can be felt very quickly.
This particular point is known as P 6 or the Inner Gate (acupressure.com) and can be very helpful not only in making you feel calmer, but also to help you feel more grounded and in balance.
Definitely worth a try.