Acupressure is a form of energy therapy similar to acupuncture, but without needles. It focuses on pressure points on the body that are said to correspond to organs, muscles and tissues, releasing stagnant energy and promoting well-being. Acupressure is purported to help with a variety of ailments, including excess weight. Though studies have not proved acupressure's success with weight loss, anecdotal evidence points to a positive effect when coupled with other forms of weight reduction.
One pressure point that may help with weight loss is found on the upper lip. This point, located in the middle of the upper lip, is said to help control hunger according to Dana K. Cassell in the book, "The Encyclopedia of Obesity and Eating Disorders." Using the ball of your thumb, apply moderate pressure to this point on the upper lip, and hold it for 20 seconds. Repeat if necessary.
Cassell notes that another point which may help with weight loss is found on the elbow. Pressing the middle point on the elbow is recommended by acupressure practitioners as a way to control emotions that lead to overeating, Cassell adds. Though pressing this and other points may trigger an immediate response, Cassell notes it may also take up to three days for reflex passages in the brain to become programmed by acupressure.
Beneath Breast Bone
Gary Null, PhD, in his book, "Kiss Your Fat Goodbye," recommends a point just beneath the breast bone for weight loss. Place your fingers over the top part of the stomach just beneath the breast bone, which is known as the 12 o'clock position. Gently push in for a few seconds and release. Move left to the one o'clock and do the same. Repeat this pushing movement all around the "wheel" of your upper stomach two or three times, which helps with elimination and appetite control.
The stomach point on your ear may help with improving digestion, according to David Sollars in the book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acupuncture and Acupressure." This point is located in the middle of the ear on the horizontal raised ridge, known as the crus of the helix, should be squeezed between the finger and the thumb for one to two minutes. Besides helping to improve digestion, applying pressure to this point may help curb your appetite or diminish food cravings.
- "The Encyclopedia of Obesity and Eating Disorders"; Dana K. Cassell; 2006
- "Kiss Your Fat Goodbye"; Gary Null, PhD; 2006
- "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acupuncture and Acupressure"; David Sollars; 2000