How To: Relieve menstrual cramps with acupressure

Relieve menstrual cramps with acupressure

Learn how to relieve menstrual cramps with acupressure. Don't suffer through one more bout of period pain. Instead, try this trick from the ancient Chinese healing art acupressure.

You Will Need

* Two Hands

WARNING: If you feel pain when using acupressure, stop immediately. Pregnant women should not use acupressure.

Step 1. Find the sweet spot

Find the acupressure spot SP-6, called the Sanyinjiao point. Located four finger widths above your inner ankle bone, just behind the shinbone, it helps relax the cervix, according to Chinese medicine.

If you feel pain when you press down, you're on the wrong spot.

Step 2. Press it with your thumb

Take your thumb and press on the point for six seconds, then release it for two seconds. Keep this up for five minutes.

Step 3. Switch feet

Switch to the other leg and repeat.

Step 4. Repeat

Repeat once more on each leg.

This acupressure move can also help new mothers deal with the cramps they experience for several days after giving birth.

Step 5. Feel good

Feel good knowing you have a powerful new weapon against menstrual cramps.

FACT: In one study, 87 percent of participants who tried acupressure to relieve their menstrual cramps said they found it helpful.

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