|Point of the Week
YinTang can increase circulation within your energy pathways
Welcome to a special edition of Point of the Week, where we show you what acupuncture needles really look like when inserted into various trigger points along the body's energy pathways. Actually it is very hard to see the hair-thin stainless steel acupuncture needles, but you can pretty easily see the handle, which in this case is red. This point, known to acupuncturists as YinTang, is located on the forehead midway between the two eyebrows. It is excellent for calming the mind and reducing anxiety (especially anxiety that arises from a habit of overthinking). Interestingly, YinTang is often translated as “Hallway to the Mind,” and is in a category of acupuncture known as the Calm Spirit points. Pressing this point increases circulation within the energy pathways and can also be used preventively upon awakening each morning to avoid developing the symptoms.
Note: Remember these vignettes are not medical advice.
Step one: Locate the point YinTang between your eyebrows. The correct point will likely feel a little tender when using a firm touch.
Step two: Using your thumb or index finger, press and hold the pressure for 10 seconds. Repeat several times per hour, or until symptoms lessen.
Dr. Gigi Shames, LAc NHD, is a licensed acupuncturist in Cotati. She can be reached at (415) 388-0456 or www.ShamesHealth.com.