TCM ACUPRESSURE RITUAL WITH FLOWER ESSENCES


July 02, 2020

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We've partnered with Erin Borbet, Acupuncturist & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, to strategically pair our flower essence-infused anointing oils with specific acupressure points to open different gates and meridians within the body and magnify the transformative effects of the flower essences.

Find the number of your flower essence above & scroll to find the acupressure point ritual:

1. JOY JUICE & HEART 7 - Shen Men: Spirit Gate

Heart 7, also known as HT7, Shen Men or Spirit Gate, is the source-point of the heart meridian, and balances both the heart organ and the spirit. It can regulate the heartbeat, tonify the heart muscle and calm the shen (spirit).

It is especially helpful for arrhythmia due to anxiety, insomnia due to excessive thoughts, and mania & agitation. It is the quintessential point of the gently smiling Buddha – bringing a meditative state of joy and peace.

Location: on the inner forearm, in the depression just below the wrist-crease, toward the elbow. 

Apply a drop of Joy Juice Anointing Oil to this point to activate balanced joy, calm and inner peace.

2. INFINITE LOVE & REN 17 - Shan Zhong: Chest Center

The Ren Mai is one of the eight extraordinary meridians, and is not ascribed an elemental nature. It runs up the front of the midline of the body, and is said to be the first meridian created in utero. It has a strong affinity for reproductive health, and our ability to connect to our purpose.

Known as the “Sea of Qi,” Ren 17 has the ability to move Qi for the entire body. It opens the chest, soothes anxiety, alleviates wheezing and any pain in the upper torso.

Location: on the midline of the sternum bone, level with the 4th intercostal space, often on the nipple-line??

Apply a single drop of Infinite Love Anointing Oil to you hands and massage the center of your chest.

3. RADIANT ENERGY & REN 6 - Qi Hai: Sea of Qi

Ren 6 nourishes our essential qi via its connection to MingMen – our eternal fire residing in the kidneys. It regulates qi, blood and yang, and has a strong affinity for nourishing the reproductive organs  regulating menstruation, resolving menopause discomfort and increasing libido.

Location: on the midline of the abdomen, about 2 finger-widths directly below the umbilicus.

Apply 1 drop of Radiant Energy Anointing Oil here 2x daily for an entire moon cycle.

4. INSPIRED ACTION & STOMACH 36 - Zu San Li: Leg Three Mile

The namesake of this point goes: when you feel at the end of your endurance, stimulating ST36 will give you the resources to go another 3 miles.

Historically, it was even used to restore consciousness lost from exhaustion. It is an extremely nourishing point to the entire system – qi, blood, yin, yang. It boosts the immune system and restores digestive balance.

Location: Below the Knee, one-finger-width to the outside of the anterior Tibia bone, in the muscle belly of the Tibialis Anterior.

Apply 1 drop of Inspired Action Anointing Oil to this point 3-4x daily.

5. QUIET MIND & GALLBLADDER POINTS

In general, the Gallbladder meridian relaxes all of the sinews and muscles, helping to dissolve tension anywhere in the body. 

GB34 is helpful for women with hormonal imbalance that results in breast pain, swelling or cystic tendencies during their menstrual cycles.

Location of G34: on the outside of the leg, below the outer knee, in the depression just below the anterior head of the fibula

Place one drop ofQuiet Mind Anointing Oil on GB 34 daily, or on the last ½ of your menstrual cycle.

GB20-21 are also wonderful at relaxing muscles on the whole body.

Location of G20-21: at the base of the back of the skull, run down the neck to the top of the trapezius muscle on top of the shoulders

Rub Quiet Mind Anointing Oil on the neck + shoulders to activate GB20-21 for full body muscle relaxation.

6. INNER PEACE & LARGE INTESTINE 4 - He Gu: Joining Valley

One of the strongest points for moving Qi on the body, and renowned for it’s ability to relieve pain. Responds excellently to acupressure, and can be very tender. It extinguishes wind and helps facilitate strong movement through healthy release - letting go of that which no longer serves you.

Helps with headaches, menstrual cramps, neck/shoulder tension – can even open congested sinuses, alleviate sneezing and induce labor!

Location: on the outside of the hand, in the depression between the thumb and forefinger

Use 1 drop of Inner Peace Anointing Oil on Li4 in the evenings after a long day.

7. WILD ABUNDANCE & Spleen 6 - San Yin Jiao: Three Yin Intersection

Sp-6 is a point where the three yin meridians of the leg intersect with each other (Liver, Kidney, Spleen) and is very tonifying to yin and blood. It ties us to our femininity, amplifying our embrace of this aspect of ourselves. Within yin (surrender, quiet, darkness), there is ultimate abundance and expansion. It reinforces this knowingness in a world where doingness is much more comfortable for most.

It regulates reproductive organs, alleviates menstrual cramps, balances hormones and supports healthy digestion.

Location: on the inside of the lower leg, about 4 finger-widths directly up from the inner ankle bone.

Place one drop Wild Abundance Anointing Oil 3-4x per day.

8. FIERCE COMPASSION & PERICARDIUM 6 - NEI GUAN: INNER GATE

Pericardium (PC-6) is the heart-protector. If the heart is the Queen in the castle, this point is the front door – discerning Who/what is safe to be let in. A well-balanced PC-6 maintains emotional boundaries. It courses liver qi and alleviates nausea.

Location: On the inner forearm, 2 finger-widths from the wrist-crease toward the elbow, in the depression between the two tendons.

Apply 1 drop Fierce Compassion Anointing Oil to bi-lateral Pc6 when needed.

9. FULL BLOOM & San Jiao 5 - Wai Guan: Outer Gate

The San Jiao meridian translates to “Triple Burner” and is responsible for temperature regulation in the entire torso, as well as regulating water metabolism and circulation. San Jiao 5 in particular is called “Outer Gate” and its job is to protect the heart. If the heart is the Queen inside the castle, and PC 6 is the closest layer of protection (the front door), San Jian 5 is the moat/drawbrindge/and front gate. It helps us maintain healthy boundaries with the external world, knowing our edge.

This point also supports the immune system and can alleviate tension headaches.

Location: Directly opposite Pc6 – on the outside of the arm, two-finger-widths up from the wrist crease toward the elbow.

Apply 1 drop of Full Bloom Anointing Oil to this point.

10. BOUNDLESS WISDOM & Kidney 1- YONG QUAN: GUSHING SPRING

The Kidney Channel starts at the bottom of the foot with KD-1 and travels up the inner leg, through the reproductive organs + pelvic floor, through the kidney organs, up the torso and ends just below the clavicle on both sides of the sternum.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Kidneys are ascribed to the Water element, the season of Winter and house the emotions of passion + fear.

When this channel is balanced, we experience a sense of knowingness, heightened intuition, a meditative state of mind and an inner space of quietude. When it is out of balance, we experience fear or trauma.

The location of the Yong Quan point is on the sole of the foot between the second and third metatarsal bones, one-third of the way down from the base of the toes (toward the heel). 

As the lowest point on the body, it calms anxiety, sedates fear and eases agitation. It contains Lung Qi, which can help with shortness of breath or excessive coughing. It can also mitigate vertex headaches, dizziness, flushing of the face, heart palpitations and hypertension.

Apply a single drop of Boundless Wisdom Anointing Oil on this point and gently massage.

11. TRUTHTELLER ON UPPER LUNG POINTS - Zhong Fu & YunMen

The Lungs are responsible for our inspiration, reaching down to the depths of the Kidneys to bring forth our purpose. They are ascribed to the Metal element, the season of Autumn and house the emotion of grief.

These points transform stagnation in Lung-energy and any symptoms affecting the respiratory system and throat, including clear communication and expression.

Location of YunMen - Cloud Gate: below the lateral end of the clavicle, 6 finger-widths from the midline, in the center of the hollow made by the delto-pectoral muscular triangle.

Location of Zhong Fu - Middle Palace: in the first intercostal space 6 finger-widths lateral to midline, one finger width below YunMen/Cloud Gate.

Apply a single drop of Truthteller Anointing Oil to this point and massage gently.

12. GAMECHANGER & Liver 3 - Tai Chong: Great Rushing

This point pairs with LI-4 to create the “4-Gates,” which open up qi flow for the entire body. Opening this gate is especially useful when liver-qi is constrained, resulting in a tight ribcage, difficulty taking a deep inhale, quick to be frustrated or irritated, PMS symptoms, tight neck/shoulders or general muscle pain.

Tai Chong not only moves liver qi but also nourishes liver blood as it is the source-point on the liver meridian. It is an excellent point for women around their cycles.

Location: Between the first and second toes, about two-finger-widths from the webbing on the top of the foot.

Apply 1 drop Gamechanger Anointing Oil to Liver 3 morning and night.

13. EXPANSIVE PRESENCE & UPPER KIDNEY POINTS

The upper Kidney points are empirically used to treat the Shen (spirit) and help to resurrect, strengthen and support the spiritual levels of health. Treating the spirit level is analogous to creating a shift in perception by removing dark clouds obstructing the clarity of light.

These points are also good at physical symptoms that affect the chest – coughing shortness of breath and heart palpitations.

Location: the last six kidney points on the kidney meridian end on the chest, in between the ribs on either side of the sternum: Shu Fu/Spirit Mansion, Yu Zhong/Comfortable Chest, Shen Cang/Spirit Storehouse, Ling Xu/Spirit Ruin and ShenFeng/Spirit Seal.

These points are often tender, and respond well to gentle pressure and application of a single drop of Expansive Presence Anointing Oil.

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Love + flower petals,
Katie

P.S. In this Flowerlounge Podcast episode with Erin Borbet, she walks us through a super simple acupressure ritual to follow with our flower essence-infused anointing oils to tonify the respiratory system and heart, center your spirit and reinforce strength to go inward and feel safe there.

Prefer to watch this protocol being explained in a video? Watch this: