How to Use Acupressure for Weight Loss

Reflexology can aid in weight loss.
Reflexology can aid in weight loss. (Image: Thai massage being done outside. image by Deborah Benbrook from

Using acupressure for weight loss is easy. Releasing certain pressure points will aid in your quest for weight loss. Incorporate acupressure into your diet and lifestyle changes for rapid success!

Things You'll Need

  • Reflexology body map
  • Reflexology hand map
  • Reflexology foot map
  • Reflexology ear map

Become familiar with your body, hand, foot and ear reflexology maps.

Use the body reflexology map to locate the acupressure points for water retention, adrenal glands, kidneys, stomach and large intestine.

Use the the ear reflexology map to locate the appetite suppression points.

Use the reflexology hand map to locate the great eliminator point on the web between your thumb and index finger.

Study all of your reflexology maps and the corresponding points. Become familiar with key points and focus areas.

Pressure Points

Do full hand and foot massage on both of your hands and feet. Take your time, go slowly and enjoy the sensations.

If you encounter tender or painful points, stop and locate what body organ or system is indicated by looking at your reflexology maps.

Hold the pressure points that are tender for 30 seconds and then release.

Now do the individual acupressure points for water retention, adrenal glands, kidneys, stomach, and large intestine.

Move to your ears and find the pressure points for appetite suppression.

The last point will be the great eliminator. Use this point sparingly as it releases toxins very easily. Too much pressure on this point may cause you to feel ill due to the amount of toxins released.

Other Things to Consider

Successful weight loss incorporates a healthy diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes into the program.

Acupressure for weight loss alone does not work. Be sure you are eating a healthy diet that includes the recommended daily amount of fruits, vegetables, protein and fiber.

Drink a minimum of eight glasses of water per day.

Stay away from sodium, carbohydrates, and fats.

Get out and exercise. Walk around your neighborhood, take up a sport, or join a local gym.

Tips & Warnings

  • Start with one full hand and foot massage per day. Do only two full massages per week. You can release the other points daily. Go slowly as you cannot release years of pain or chronic issues the first few sessions. Use the appetite suppression points in the ears anytime you feel hungry.
  • If you are pregnant or are having trouble finding the correct points, it is best to let a professional reflexologist perform acupressure for you. Certain points can cause miscarriage.

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