Acupressure for Dizziness

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Acupressure at the Gallbladder 20 or Governor 20 points can provide real relief for occasional dizziness, though chronic dizziness may require a doctor's care. Get the facts from a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in this free video on basic acupressure techniques.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist. Today, I'll be showing you some acupressure points to hopefully alleviate dizziness. Dizziness can be a sign of a serious medical condition, but if it's just something that happens now and again, these two points might help relieve it in an acute sense. So, Gallbladder 20, located at the base of the skull on the occiput, by the mastoid process just on this side of the sternocleidomastoid, is a good point to alleviate dizziness of any kind. It's going to take some firm pressure, so you can use two fingers, or even a thumb. Oftentimes, it's quite tender. If you're dizzy and trying to do this, I encourage you to sit down or lay down, so that you don't fall down due to the dizziness. And, another important point is Governor 20 of Du 20, located at the vertex of the head. I use my hands to locate the top of the ears, and then where my thumbs come together, in the center line at the vertex, or the point of the head is oftentimes about where Du 20 is. This point is important, because it helps stimulate essence, or marrow, which can also be an underlying cause to chronic dizziness. As I said before, there are many causes that could be contributing to your dizziness. And, if it's something that's chronic or severe, I suggest you seek out your local acupuncture physician for a diagnosis of points that's specific to you. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for dizziness.

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