Acupoint massages

Massage each acupoint for three to four minutes, as frequently as you like. They help to address different TCM syndromes associated with diabetes. They can be done on one or both limbs.


What it does: Regulate qi throughout the body.

Use a finger to feel for the two tendons on the wrist of the other hand.

Mark out the area that is approximately one-sixth the distance from the wrist to the elbow, then identify the acupoint that lies between these two tendons.

Massage this acupoint with a finger, or pinch this point with your thumb and index finger.

Alternatively, you can use the tip of a pen to do the massage.


What it does: Promote qi circulation in the stomach meridian to resolve bloatedness, excessive hunger and tiredness.

Identify the hollow point of the outer knee.

Place four fingers below this point.

Just below the level of your little finger, identify the point that is about one thumb's width from the tibia (shin bone).

You should feel a bit of soreness when you massage this point.


What it does: Eliminate blood stasis.

Identify the highest spot on the inner ankle.

Place four fingers above this spot.

Identify another spot above the topmost finger and behind the tibia (shin bone).

Massage this acupoint with a finger. You should feel a bit of soreness when you press on this point.


What it does: Nourish kidneys to alleviate excessive urination, thirst and urinary incontinence.

Identify the hollow point between your inner ankle and edge of the tendon adjacent to it.

Massage this point.

Joan Chew

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 11, 2015, with the headline Acupoint massages. Subscribe