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Acupressure for Perimenopause

Stimulating certain acupressure points can help reduce the menstrual cramps and hot flashes that may accompany perimenopause. Doing acupressure is also a great stress-reducer. You press each point for only a minute or two, so it will take just a short time to go through the points outlined below. Read a description of the General Acupressure Technique.



Some useful acupressure points for perimenopause are described below. Use the General Acupressure Technique that follows to stimulate the points listed. Points on the arms and legs should be stimulated on both sides of the body, both sides at the same time, when it's possible. Try to spend at least 20 minutes total pressing the various points. If you are short on time, you don't need to stimulate all the points; just one or two can be effective. You may want to enlist the help of a partner if any of the spots are hard to reach.


For menstrual pain and cramps:

  1. Press on CV6. This point is located two finger widths below the belly button. (See Illustration A.) If there is fatty tissue here, jiggle your fingers as you press, so you reach the muscular layer of the abdomen.
  2. Next press the SP6 point on each leg. This point is located four finger widths above the inner anklebone, near the back of the shinbone. (See Illustration B.)
    Caution: Women in their eighth or ninth month of pregnancy should not stimulate this point.
  3. Next, press the SP9 point on each leg. This point is located about three finger widths below the knee crease on the inner leg, in the groove just behind the shinbone. (See Illustration B.)
  4. Finally, press the ST36 point on each leg. This point is four finger widths below the kneecap, one finger width outside the shinbone. (See Illustration C.)




For anxiety and hot flashes
Stimulating these points on the arms can help you feel calmer, which can lessen the intensity of hot flashes and the bouts of anxiety you may be experiencing.


  1. Press the TE5 point on each arm. This point is two thumb widths above the wrist crease in the middle of the back of the forearm. (See Illustration D.)
  2. Next, press the PC6 point on each arm. This point is two thumb widths above the wrist crease on the inside of the forearm and in the center of your arm. (See Illustration E.)
  3. Finally, press the HT3 point on each arm. This point is on the inside of the upper arm, just above the bump at the elbow joint, or "funny bone." (See Illustration F.)





To do acupressure, you'll need to use your index finger, middle finger, or thumb or, occasionally, those on both hands.

  1. First, gently explore the indicated area (see illustrations) until you find a slight indentation. This is the acupressure point. (There are usually small nerves and sensitive muscles or blood-vessel groups at acupressure points.)
  2. Next, press the point firmly and steadily, using both direct pressure and/or a circular motion, for about 30 seconds until you feel a dull ache that spreads around the area. (If there is a painful "knot" in a muscle at the acupressure point, the muscle will slowly relax and you should feel the change in about 30 seconds.)
  3. Keep up the pressure for another 30 to 60 seconds. When you release the pressure, you will feel the dull ache for a short while more.
  4. Move on to another point or points in the treatment zone for your ailment.
  5. Date Published: 02/13/2006
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