Massaging away the symptoms

BAI HUI XUE
BAI HUI XUEST PHOTO: TAMARA CRAIU
TAICHONGXUE
TAICHONGXUEST PHOTO: TAMARA CRAIU
SANYINJIAO
SANYINJIAOST PHOTO: TAMARA CRAIU

Learn how to do these acupoint massages to relieve menopausal symptoms.

BAIHUIXUE

Identify the acupoint about seven finger widths above the hairline at the centre of the forehead. Massage this acupoint 50 times in a clockwise direction.

NOTE: This helps to eliminate mood swings and calm the mind.

YONGQUANXUE


YONGQUANXUE
 ST PHOTO: TAMARA CRAIU

Turn your foot to expose the bottom. Excluding the toes, identify the area one-third from the top of the foot.

Press and release this acupoint repeatedly for three minutes. You should experience slight pain or even warmness when you do this. Repeat on the other foot.

NOTE: This helps to relieve symptoms such as hot flushes, insomnia, anxiety and fatigue.

TAICHONGXUE

Identify the point approximately two finger widths upwards from the centre of the first and second toes.

Press and release repeatedly on this acupoint for three minutes. You should experience slight pain.

NOTE: This improves your sleep quality and relieves anxiety.

SANYINJIAO

Sit comfortably. This point is four fingers above the highest point of the inner ankle.

Press and release this acupoint repeatedly, using your thumb or index finger, for three minutes. You should experience slight pain or numbness.

NOTE: This is the intersection point of three "yin" meridians - the liver, spleen and kidney. Applying pressure on this point will help to regulate these three organs to achieve overall wellness.

Joan Chew

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2016, with the headline 'Massaging away the symptoms'. Print Edition | Subscribe