This is the first in a monthly feature series I’ll be doing called The Monthly Point. I will feature an acupunture point for you to locate and stimulate for the associated desired effect. Here is a general explanation of how acupuncture works. Let’s get started! (disclaimer: discuss all medical conditions with your health provider whenever necessary)
Each acupuncture point is simply a location on the body. Every point has a precise anatomical location, Chinese name and many have an associated number as well.
Now acuPRESSURE is the act of putting pressure on acupuncture points. You can do this with your fingers or a blunt massage tool. This stimulates the point and creates the associated balancing action/healing action of the point.
Shen Men, or Heavenly Gate, is a spirit calming point. You can rub this point to relax yourself.
It’s located in each ear within what is called the triangular fossa. Before I went to school for acupuncture, I seriously thought all ears were unique. What I learned is that everyone’s ear has the same structures and you can use these structures as a map to find the same point on any ear.
Shen Men is located here in the outer corner of that little triangle in your upper ear.
I am pointing to Shen Men here, using the blunt ended handle of an acupuncture needle. My fingers are wrapped around the plastic protective guide tube.
Place your finger on the point and your thumb behind the ear to support it. Then just rub. Take a few moments to close your eyes and breath deeply. You can kind of pinch the area with your fingers or nail (do not break the skin of course) and rub in a circular or back and forth motion.
How did you enjoy that?!
Here’s a pinnable tutorial: