|Point of the Week
Tai Yang helps keep eyes flush and helps prevent itching and irritation
This point, known to acupuncturists as Tai Yang, is located near the outer edge of the eyes. It is excellent for allergic reactions, red eyes and itchiness. In acupuncture theory, redness of the eyes and itchy sensations arise from a stagnation of heat and dampness and very commonly affect the eyes or nose. When we experience an allergic reaction to a pollen or irritant (such as dust in the air, or a chemical pollutant sprayed from crop dusters for agricultural weed-killing, for example) the body is unable to properly filter and flush out the offending particle. Increasing circulation and fluids help the eyes to flush out the irritant, and this point also reduces the body’s inflammatory response. This point “vents” heat from the ocular area and reduces redness. It can also be used preventively upon awakening each morning, to avoid developing the symptoms (great for allergy season).
Note: Remember, these vignettes are not medical advice.
Step one: Locate the point Tai Yang at the outer corner of your eye socket. 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.