Edema is a type of swelling caused by water and excess fluid retention in the body’s tissues including the skin and it mainly occurs in the hands, arms, legs, feet and ankles.
Edema is caused when the capillaries leak fluid into the surrounding tissues which cause the area to swell. It could be due to capillary damage or increase pressure in capillaries. In certain cases, Edema may be a symptom of other serious diseases like kidney disease, cirrhosis, congestive heart failure which requires serious medical attention.
Acupressure Points for Swelling, Water Retention, and Edema Treatment
According to ancient Chinese medicine and acupressure therapy, Edema or swelling due to water retention is caused due to weakness in the spleen and kidney meridians. These particular pressure points can be stimulated to restore the proper level of water in the body and cure water retention successfully.
Acupressure point SP3 or Spleen 3 is the most important point in acupressure treatment for water retention cure. This point is known as the Supreme Whiteness, and it is situated on the inside of the foot, in the hollow in between the big tone and the metatarsal bone, on the side of the foot.
This point can be stimulated on both feet by applying steady pressure using the thumbs and fingertips for 1 minute. It helps to nourish the spleen meridian, relieve Edema, water retention, swelling and nausea. It also aids to relieve gastric pain, digestive problems, heart pain and heaviness and lassitude experienced in the lower body.
Acupressure point KD 6 or Kidney 6 is a potent pressure point for treating swelling and water retention in body and it shows prompt results. This point is called the Shining Sea, and it is situated on the inside of the ankle, one chon below the inside of the anklebone, in the hollow.
This point can be activated in both legs by applying firm and steady pressure to the points using the thumbs for 1 minute. It provides complete relief from water retention and Edema. It also helps to cure sore throat, digestive disorders, menstrual problems, eye problems, and epilepsy. This point nourishes the kidneys, clears the heat and calms the Shen.
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