Acupressure is quickly becoming a strong contender for natural vision care here in the Western world. Originating in China, who would have thought that pressing a few points around your eyes could do wonders for your sight and eye health? Not only is this traditional method effective, but it’s painless and easy.
It has been reported that acupressure has helped people’s eyesight improve naturally. Here at Rebuild Your Vision, we’re all for natural eye health, especially when the treatment is as effective as it is relaxing! If you’re looking to treat your eyes to a “spa day”, acupressure is definitely the way to go.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is a traditional Chinese method of healing (similar to shiatsu, the Japanese version of acupressure), where acupoints along the body are worked and massaged. Often confused with acupuncture, acupressure follows the same principles minus the needles.
The theory behind this is that these acupoints lie among channels in your body. Beginning in the fingertips, these channels connect through the brain and to whichever organ is associated with certain channels.
In these channels flows an energy, qi (pronounced chi). It is believed that illness occurs when one of the 12 channels in the body is imbalanced or blocked. By performing acupressure on the affected channels, they become unblocked and the qi energy can flow freely once again.
If you’re more into scientific facts than theory, know that although some Western doctors do not believe in qi and the channels, they do believe that the results attained from acupressure are due to reduced muscle tension, improved circulation and endorphin stimulation. All of these are natural pain relievers.
How Does Acupressure Work?
Acupressure professionals will use their fingers, palms, elbows and feet to massage certain pressure points on a person’s body. Of course, if you’re getting acupressure done for the eyes, chances are they’ll use the balls of their fingertips or palms to massage the area surrounding your eyes.
These massage sessions generally last an hour. For best results, you may need to schedule a few appointments. But hey, what’s a couple of massages in exchange for better eye health?
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How Does it Help Eye Health?
Now the part you’ve been waiting for! How exactly does acupressure affect our eye health? Our eyes are under constant strain from the moment we wake up to the moment we close them at the end of a long day.
A number of factors, such as excessive screen use (computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.), reading, bright artificial lights, driving long distances which require long periods of eye focus, and trying to see in dim lighting, can cause eye strain. These are unavoidable for the most part and over time can cause pain and discomfort if not taken care of properly.
Acupressure is an easy way to relieve your eyes of their daily strain. By massaging these pressure points, you’ll be promoting healthy blood circulation to the eye and the surrounding areas. This will allow your eyes to relax and defocus, giving them the opportunity to bounce back from a hard day’s work.
This relief in tension and strain will also reduce risk of headaches and other symptoms of strained eyes such as light sensitivity and dry eyes. Dry eyes can be especially uncomfortable, and eye drops sometimes worsen the problem. Acupressure is a great natural way to prevent and help dry eyes.
Acupressure has also proven to help and prevent eye conditions such as presbyopia, nearsightedness, cataracts, and glaucoma. Though it does not promise a cure to these eye conditions, it can definitely help prevent them and, for those who have already developed them, it can help with soothing pain and discomfort.
Acupressure for Clearer Vision
Along with wonderful health benefits, acupressure is also a technique used to improve eyesight. A common misconception is that your vision has to diminish as you get older. Sure, we all age, there’s no denying that. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have excellent vision as we age.
With acupressure, you can maintain and improve the vision you thought was once lost. By regularly visiting your acupressure specialist (or doing it yourself), you can keep your eyesight sharp and clear. Keeping a good qi balance in the body will reduce your risk of developing eye diseases that may lead to vision loss.
Acupressure Points: Do it Yourself
Not everyone has the time or the budget to visit an acupressure specialist on a weekly basis, but that’s okay because acupressure is relatively easy to do on your own. The hardest part is probably sticking to it. Like any exercise plan, it’s important to perform acupressure on the regular once you’ve started. Otherwise you won’t see the results you want.
Here are some of our favorite pressure points that are guaranteed to get your eyes in the best shape of their lives:
- BL 1 and BL 2: Located in the inner corner of the eye and the inner eyebrow (closest part to the nose) respectively, these two pressure points are connected to the Bladder channel. Applying light pressure to these points will help with early-stage cataracts, glaucoma and vision loss.
- GB 1: The GB1 point is connected to the Gall Bladder channel. The pressure point is located on the outer corner of the eye. This point is used to ease sore or red eyes, photophobia, dry eyes, blurred vision and headaches.
- ST 1: The ST 1 connects to the Stomach channel and is located directly under the eye, aligning with the pupil. This spot is the source of most eye-related illnesses and discomfort. Working this spot is like hitting the jackpot.
- Third Eye: The Third Eye is located right in between the eyes, right above the bridge of the nose. This point helps with eye strain, as well as headaches related to eye strain.
- Tip of Big Toe: An unusual spot, but an effective one. The tip of your big toe can be massaged to treat several eyesight conditions. Make sure to work both big toes, one at a time.
Each of these acupressure points can either be massaged lightly for five to 10 seconds, or you can put a light pressure on them for the same amount of time. It takes a few minutes to go through this entire list of pressure points. No matter how busy your schedule is, nothing can compare to well-rested eyes.
Acupressure is a great technique to relax your mind as well as your body. The benefits may take time to take effect, but once they do, you’ll be wondering where acupressure has been all your life!