By Kathleen Regan, ND

Acupressure points for detoxification can be a valuable tool for supporting the body’s natural cleansing processes year-round. Spring is a natural time for detoxification. The warming weather provides a supportive environment to detoxify without putting too much strain on the body. The natural warmth in the spring/summer environment supports the organs of detoxification, especially the digestive system and kidneys, which are most sensitive to cold temperatures. Detoxification in the spring and summer rather than the winter prevents injury to these systems according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory.

Acupressure, a TCM technique involving the application of pressure to specific points on the body, can be particularly beneficial for regulating the flow of qi (vital energy) and promoting the elimination of toxins and waste products. By targeting acupressure points associated with detoxification, such as those on the hands, feet, and legs, you can support your body’s natural ability to cleanse itself of harmful substances. Acupressure massage and stimulating these pressure points can help flush out toxins, aid in liver detoxification, and improve overall well-being.

In addition to acupressure, other TCM modalities like acupuncture and cupping can also be incorporated into a comprehensive detoxification program. These therapies work to balance the body’s energy, reduce inflammation, and enhance the function of the detoxifying organs. When combined with a healthy diet, proper hydration, and other lifestyle changes, acupressure and related TCM practices can be a powerful way to naturally detoxify and revitalize your body.

The 4 Main Points Which Are Supportive Of Detoxification Include:

Liver 3:

Located on the top of the foot in the depression between the big toe and the second toe, this point is believed to promote liver health and remove stagnation or blockage from the system. It is a strong point and sometimes gentle massage is as effective as an acupuncture needle.

Liver 3 Acupressure Point Location Visual

Large Intestine 4:

Found on the hand in the mound between the thumb and index finger, this point supports the large intestine and helps relieve constipation. Moving the bowels is an important part of any cleanse. On a side note, this point is also used to relieve headaches andshoulder and neck tension. Apply pressure lightly as too much pressure may cause dizziness.

Large Intestine 4 Point Location Image

Spleen 6:

Situated on the inner side of the leg, about four finger-widths above the ankle bone, SP6 is believed to support the spleen, liver, and kidney functions, which are vital for detoxification.

Spleen 6 Acupressure Point Location Visual

Kidney 3:

Located in the depression between the inner ankle bone and the Achilles tendon, this point supports the flow of energy and liquids through the body.

Kidney 3 Point Location Visual

Stomach 36:

Situated on the front of the leg below the knee, about four finger-widths from the kneecap, ST36 is believed to harmonize digestion, transform toxins (dampness) and expel pathogens. Overall, this point will strengthen the body’s energy and ability to cleanse.

Stomach 36 Point Location Visual

To Practice Acupressure Effectively:

Locate the Points: Use diagrams or guides to find the acupressure points relevant to your needs. These points are often located along meridians, or energy pathways, throughout the body.

Apply Pressure: Using your fingers, thumbs, or palms, apply firm pressure to the chosen acupressure points. Start gently and gradually increase pressure to a comfortable level.

Focus and Breathe: As you apply pressure, focus your attention on the point and take slow, deep breaths. Relaxation is key to allowing the body to respond positively to acupressure.

Massage or Hold: You can massage the point in a circular motion or simply hold steady pressure for 1 to 2 minutes, or until you feel a release of tension. Apply pressure to each daily.

Holistic Detoxification at Innate Wellness

At Innate Wellness, our team of naturopathic doctors takes a holistic approach to supporting your body’s natural detoxification processes. Through personalized treatment plans, we may incorporate registered massage therapy to soothe muscle tension and improve lymphatic drainage. Our traditional Chinese medicine practitioners can also design acupressure routines tailored to your specific needs, targeting pressure points associated with detoxification to regulate qi and restore balance. By addressing the root causes of toxin buildup through this multifaceted approach, you can experience improved digestion, increased energy, and better overall well-being. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or to find out more about acupressure points for detoxification.