We can practice this technique at home by exerting a finger pressure on the area to relieve pain such as those caused by menstruation, headache or back pain.
In acupuncture, you should know that there are different vital points that, when worked, bring us well-being and eliminate pain or illness.
While it is good to pay attention to different points during a session or treatment, some of them are more important than others or serve for a particular pain.
In this article, we will talk about the Ling Gu point, which brings you immediate relief for sciatica and lumbar pains. Find out more about it!
Ling Gu: a point to pay attention
The point Ling Gu, whose translation means “bone of mind” can be worked daily to cure various problems, especially those related to the back.
That’s why it’s the favorite spot for people working in front of an office all day.
This acupuncture point was discovered by Master Tung, a physician of Chinese origin known in his country for the results they obtained on patients through particular techniques. What sets it apart from others is that it uses fewer needles and achieves better results.
Master Tung’s points remained secret for several generations until he decided to reveal them to a group of students. In this way, today we can all benefit.
The Ling Gu point is located in the part above the hand, more precisely between the first and the second metacarp, that is to say between the thumb and the index, a little higher than the soft part which allows the thumb joint.
If you put a finger with the other hand at this point, you will realize that there is some kind of hollow.
This point, when it is worked, quickly relieves sciatica and lumbar pain. This strong pain from the lower back and extending to the leg, prevents the sufferer from making the movements normally.
For the effect to be the desired one, the needle must be placed on the contrary Ling Gu point. That is, if the pain comes from the right leg, it must be worked on the left hand. In 75% of cases, the person feels relief after a few minutes.
This point is also used for back pain, as well as headaches and feet, menstrual pains and Bell’s palsy.
This is a point so sensitive that it should not be touched when a woman is pregnant because it can cause childbirth.
It is possible to relieve pain by pressing the hand
According to experts at Ling Gu (also known as Hegu), applying pressure on this place between thumb and forefinger can calm anxiety and back pain, especially that of sciatica as well as headaches and dental pain.
Acupuncturists treat this point with needles, but we can also exert pressure on this place ourselves.
Among the 300 points in the body according to Chinese acupuncture, the treatment of Ling Gu point seems to be one of the most useful, especially to relieve pain in the spine and back.
If there are not enough studies to prove its effectiveness, you should know that traditional Asian medicine has considered it one of its “favorites” for hundreds of years.
We do not yet know exactly how the Ling Gu point works. A recent study of treatments with acupuncture needles on the hands indicates that it increases blood flow and that is why it has the ability to relieve pain.
Other research suggests that it works by stimulating the production of endorphins, hormones known as natural painkillers.
Acupuncturists usually work with the Ling Gu point and make it part of a personalized program to treat pain, which includes a variety of other points in the body.
For example, the points that need to be treated in a patient with anxiety disorders are different from those used to treat someone with menstrual pain.
However, the Ling Gu point is probably a common denominator for both treatments.
To manipulate your Ling Gu point yourself, acupuncturists explain that they must put a finger on the fleshy part that exists between the thumb and forefinger of the opposite hand.
Put the index finger with your other hand on this spot and press hard. If you do it well, it will hurt you.
One or two minutes may be sufficient but the benefits begin to appear after 20 or 40 minutes of constant pressure. If you feel no relief with the pressure on the hand, try with the other.
The idea is to be able to do this treatment or this technique alone, when you are at home, at the office or on the bus. It is not advisable to use needles without adequate knowledge or expert supervision.
Putting pressure on the Ling Gu point will make you feel better when you feel this back pain or sciatica, headache or belly during your period.
Try to do it for half an hour and do not wait until you can not bear the pain of your lower back.