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Acupressure for Acne, Eczema and Allergies




Excerpted from
Acupressure's Potent Points: a Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments
By Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.

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Skin disorders that are caused or worsened by stress, nervous tension, or fatigue can be relieved by using acupressure's potent points. Acupressure enhances how we feel and how we look by releasing muscular tension and increasing circulation. There are many points that relieve acne, tone facial muscles, and improve the condition of the skin. Dr. Katsusuke Serizawa's medical research at Tokyo University proved that acupressure therapy can return body functions to normality, thereby relieving skin and muscular problems.

Many skin disorders can be relieved by using the following acupressure formula combining three types of potent points: local, trigger, and tonic points. First, you use the local points to help increase circulation in the area where the skin has erupted. Next use trigger points to stimulate the organs and glands that govern skin functions. According to traditional Chinese medicine, those organs are primarily the lungs, large intestine, liver, and stomach.

Last, tonic points are used for overall rejuvenation. The tonic point located in the lower back strengthens the immune system, the kidneys, and the adrenal glands, which in turn fortifies the body's entire system. The tonic point not only helps people cope with the stress in their lives but also reinforces emotional stability, an important factor in relieving many skin disorders.


Acupressure's relaxing and soothing effects help clear up blemishes and pimples by easing the emotional distress and hormonal imbalances that often aggravate acne. After using acupressure to balance various functions of the body, Dr. Serizawa found that patients' pimples occurred less often. Potent points such as Facial Beauty and Heavenly Appearance are especially helpful.

Complementary Therapy: Along with using acupressure, it is important to practice breathing exercises as well as aerobic exercise daily. Thoroughly cleaning the skin with antibacterial soap also helps prevent the infections.

Diet: From the perspective of Oriental dietary therapy, it is important to avoid sugar, dairy products (including ice cream), chocolate, coffee, and all rich, greasy foods.


Eczema is a dry, itchy condition. The skin often becomes red and inflamed. Eczema produces dry scales that break open, releasing a watery fluid.

In Japan, there is an ancient belief that the skin reflects the condition of one's internal organs. When the internal organs are fatigued, the effect appears on the skin immediately.

Complementary Therapy: In addition to using the following acupressure point routine two or three times daily, you can help resolve eczema by fortifying your system with traditional Oriental breathing exercises. For instance, stand with your arms by your sides. Inhale as your arms come up and over your head. Exhale as you lower your arms again. Repeat ten to twenty times.

Diet: Eliminate all shellfish, especially shrimp, crab, and lobster, from your diet. Eating plenty of dandelion greens in salads and making a tea out of the dandelion root, for instance, is also good for relieving eczema. Following are descriptions of how to use the tonic, trigger, and local points for relieving skin disorders.


An allergy is a sensitivity to a substance; material; or particular food, plant, or animal Some of the more common allergic reactions include dizziness, headaches, hay fever, fatigue, difficulty breathing, constipation, stomach cramps, fever, hives, and depression. There are many types of allergy, some of which are inherited. Acupressure, while not a cure, can be an effective method for relieving many symptoms of allergic reactions by balancing the body's systems once you and your doctor have established the cause and seriousness of your allergy.

Because allergy symptoms are so varied, there is no practical way in one chapter to cover how to use acupressure for each specific minor allergic reaction such as wheezing, itching, and bloodshot eyes. Instead, this chapter presents a general point sequence that can help balance and stabilize your body when you have a reaction and also strengthen you to prevent future reactions.

Janet, a client of mine and a recently retired social worker, suffered constantly from allergies, always wheezing, coughing, and blowing her nose. Janet was extremely fatigued from a recent trip to England, where she had contracted a sinus infection. Strange, warm winds the previous two nights had also stirred up her allergies, causing redness in her eyes and nasal congestion. Although she had gotten a prescription for penicillin, she preferred not to take it. I showed Janet how to press several points for decongestion. I recommended that she practice these points at least three times a day. She used a relaxation audiotape to re-balance her system further from the stress of traveling. Two weeks later Janet called me to report that her coughing, sneezing, and nasal congestion had subsided almost completely. "I don't think I've felt this healthy and relaxed in years," she proclaimed. She has kept up her daily practice and now contracts far fewer colds.

The following points help relieve the symptoms and aftereffects of many allergic reactions. I've devised a "quick formula" - for a powerful combination of points to relieve allergy symptoms temporarily if your time is limited Otherwise, you should use these points in the longer routine. This routine can also be incorporated with other points found in other chapters associated with your specific problem. Although these points can be used occasionally to relieve the symptoms associated with allergies, it is best to practice the full point sequence routine on a daily basis.



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