|Point of the Week
Stomach 41 can help with symptoms of difficulty in focusing, hyperactivity
This point, known to acupuncturists as Stomach 41, is located on the midpoint of the crease of the ankle, in a depression between the tendons of extensor digitorum longs and hallucis longus. It is excellent for cooling heat and reducing pain, so it treats both pain and stiffness of the ankle and headache/fever. Interestingly, ST 41 can also be used to relieve symptoms of difficulty focusing and hyperactivity, known as ADD/ADHD. Thus, it is a great point for children with attention deficits. 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 ST 41 on your ankle. 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.
Gigi Shames, LAc, Dipl.OM, is a licensed acupuncturist in Cotati.
She can be reached at www.ShamesHealth.com or (415) 388-0456.