Acupressure for Hand Arthritis

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Acupressure can be a great way to relieve the negative effects of hand arthritis. Learn how to use acupressure for hand arthritis with help from a doctor of oriental medicine in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist. Today, I will be showing you acupressure points to help aid in the treatment of hand arthritis. Now, I'm going to show you some local points on the hand that you can use to help alleviate the symptoms of the arthritis. The first set of points are called Bashi, or the boxing points, and they're located in these joints right here in between the knuckles and so I just use my fingers here to kind of stimulate these points back and forth and you want to use light to moderate pressure because if you've got severe arthritis, this is already kind of a tender area. So, you don't really want to get in there and push too too terribly hard and another set of points that are fantastic are the Jing Well points, and I actually used these on myself just the other day. I was doing some really intense cleaning in some really cold water, and it made my hands kind of swell up and get really stiff so I decided to apply this to myself and I used the Jing Well points, which are all located on the fingernail beds. So, on each fingernail, I'm going to show you where these are. It is at the lowest point of the nail bed and the widest part of the nail bed so where those would cross in the corners, okay, so this one right here happens to be the Jing Well point of the Large Intestine channel. There's six channels on the hand and believe it or not using a fingernail like the tip of your fingernail to stimulate these points is really effective. So you just want to kind of do one until it gets uncomfortable and move on to the next. The Pericardium Jing Well Point is the only one that's different. Instead of being on the nail bed, it's actually located on the tip of the finger. So you just want to stimulate this again with the fingernail a little bit and then we're going to come to the Triple Burner Jing Well Point. Again at the widest point right here, we're going to stimulate this. The Heart Jing Well Point located right here and then on the pinky too, the Small Intestine Point is located right here in that corner so this finger is special. It has two and then on the thumb, the Lung Jing Well, Point Lung 11 is located on the outside corner, right here. So, you can give those a quick pressing until it just gets to the point where it's a little uncomfortable and then work the hand back and forth and keep doing this until the hand begins to not be quite so stiff and you get a lot of range of motion back. So, you can use your fingernails, you don't even need nails. I encourage you to seek out your local acupuncture physician that's skilled in treating pain in arthritis so that you can get even further direction for you and your particular ailments. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for treating hand arthritis.


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