Insomnia Relief


Meridian Abbreviations
GV          Governing Vessel
GB          Gall Bladder
B             Bladder
P             Pericardium
H             Heart
CV          Conception Vessel
K             Kidney
I have highlighted in yellow my favorite points for relieving insomnia. You do not have to use all of these points. Using just one or two of them whenever you have a free hand can be effective.

You can hold more than 1 point at a time. For example, I find it easy & comfortable to hold GB20 & B10 (B & C) on both sides (4 points) simultaneously using my index and middle fingers.

How to begin:
  •  Breathe. Inhale Deeply. Exhale. Relax. Enjoy. Repeat.
  • Locate the point that you wish to work.
  •  Using your fingers, start with gentle pressure and gradually apply more as tolerated.
  • You may choose to hold the point with a steady pressure, or you may massage the point.
  • Work each point for a minimum of 1-2 minutes.

Points (A) -- Wind Mansion (GV16)
Location: In the center of the back of the head in a large hollow under the base of the skull. Benefits: Relieves insomnia as well as mental stress.

Points (B) - Gates of Consciousness (GB20)
Location: Below the base of the skull, in the hollow between the two large vertical neck muscles, two to three inches apart depending on the size of the head. Benefits: Relieves arthritis, headaches, and neck pain that causes insomnia.

Points (C) -- Heavenly Pillar (B10)
Location: One-half inch below the base of the skull on the ropy muscles located one-half inch outward from the spine. Benefits: Relieves insomnia, stress, burnout, and exhaustion.

Points (D) -- Vital Diaphragm (B38)
Location: Between the shoulder blades and the spine at heart level. Benefits: This upper back point relieves insomnia, and calms high emotions such as anxiety, which can inhibit sleep.

Points (E) -- Inner Gate (P6)
Location: In the middle of the inner side of the forearm, two and one-half finger widths from the wrist crease. Benefits: Relieves insomnia and several other common complaints that can keep one from sleeping, such as anxiety, palpitations, nausea, and indigestion.

Points (F) -- Spirit Gate (H7)
Location: On the inside of the wrist crease, in line with the little finger . Benefits: Relieves anxiety, cold sweats, and insomnia due to over excitement.

Points (G) -- Third Eye Point (GV24)
Location: Directly between the eyebrows, in the indentation where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead. Benefits: Relaxes the central nervous system for relieving anxiety and insomnia.

Points (H) -- Sea of Tranquility (CV17)
Location: On the center of the breastbone three thumb widths up from the base of the bone. Benefits: Relieves nervousness, chest congestion, and the anxiety that causes insomnia.

Points (I) -- Calm Sleep (B62)
Location: In the first indentation directly below the outer anklebone. Benefits: Relieves insomnia and the back pain that makes it difficult to sleep.

Points (J) -- Joyful Sleep (K6)
Location: Directly below the inside of the anklebone in a slight indentation. Benefits: Relieves insomnia, heel and ankle pain, hypertension and anxiety.

Sources: Basic Acupressure Extraordinary Channels and Points, Michael Reed Gach, PhD

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