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How to Relieve Menstrual Cramps with Acupressure

Don't suffer through one more bout of period pain. Instead, try this trick from the ancient Chinese healing art acupressure.

Instructions

  • : If you feel pain when using acupressure, stop immediately. Pregnant women should not use acupressure.
  • Step 1: Find the sweet spot Find the acupressure spot SP-6, called the Sanyinjiao point. Located four finger widths above your inner ankle bone, just behind the shinbone, it helps relax the cervix, according to Chinese medicine.
  • TIP: If you feel pain when you press down, you're on the wrong spot.
  • Step 2: Press it with your thumb Take your thumb and press on the point for six seconds, then release it for two seconds. Keep this up for five minutes.
  • Step 3: Switch feet Switch to the other leg and repeat.
  • Step 4: Repeat Repeat once more on each leg.
  • TIP: This acupressure move can also help new mothers deal with the cramps they experience for several days after giving birth.
  • Step 5: Feel good Feel good knowing you have a powerful new weapon against menstrual cramps.
  • FACT: In one study, 87 percent of participants who tried acupressure to relieve their menstrual cramps said they found it helpful.

You Will Need

  • Two hands

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