By Gwenn Canlas I Published: July 19, 2020
The worldwide pandemic has caused us to stress over the uncertainty of our economy, and even our health.
As months of living in lockdown take toll on us, many are raiding the refrigerator for comfort food. Sounds like a dream but the downside, however, is increased weight as well as cavities.
Your current favorite TV series or K-Drama probably isn’t the only other thing you’re bingeing on right now.
Being quarantined inside your home, glued to the couch with Netflix, a huge bag of potato chips, and a can of soda seem like the only viable options to pass time at the moment.
But maintaining your weight is as crucial now than it was before the virus outbreak.
Taking 10 trips to the refrigerator doesn’t qualify as physical work out.
If you have been following my column, by now you already know that by massaging or applying steady pressure to specific parts of your body —no needles required!— you can stimulate major acupoints to ease medical conditions.
What if we told you that the acupressure can also curb cravings and maybe help you drop a few pounds?
Acupressure could be used to promote weight loss by stimulating points on the body that can help regulate the hypothalamus, the center in your brain that controls appetite, hunger hormones, digestion, and stress hormones.
Here are three acupressure points to help control your appetite. There are more but I’ll keep it short for now.
Use a fingertip, thumb, or index finger to press these points for 60 seconds to 3 minutes.
GB20/BL10 or Feng Chi or Back of Neck
This area is generally tight on everyone because it’s where major muscles connect your back and scalp. These points when pressed and massaged together reduce cravings, also great for relieving stress and headaches. With both hands, massage the area where your hairline meets your neck on either side of the spine.
LI4 – He Gu or Large Intestine
This acupoint is the command point for the face and mouth entry point. It also works well for upper body pain relief, stress, and constipation. With the thumb of one hand, press firmly —almost to the point of discomfort— into the fleshy area between the thumb and forefinger on your other hand for about 30 seconds. Do both hands.
BL2 – Cuanzhu
This point is located near bundles of nerves. Stimulating the points on both sides of the face help relax the nervous system and release serotonin, a mood-boosting neurotransmitter that helps suppress appetite. Massage the area between your eyebrows.
BONUS POINT: Appetite Control Point
There is a pressure point on your ear called the Appetite Control Point. Putting pressure on this point helps stop your food cravings. This point is the fleshy flap part of your ear above your earlobe, right in front of your ear canal. Whenever you feel a craving for food, apply firm and constant pressure to this point for 5 minutes. The craving will go away for 15 minutes or so. Repeat until the craving goes away.
NOTE: If you are pregnant, or think you might be, do not use acupressure, as certain points may induce labor. Always check with your health-care provider before practicing alternative treatments.
Let’s be honest, no one likes working out. But what else do you have to do right now? There are many hidden opportunities for being stuck at home for the next few months.
This could be the best time to detox from all the pollution of the outside world, time to detox your mind, your body, and your life.
Take a break from real life and bask in this time you now have for yourself.
A couple of months from now we can all drink wine on a beach, forgetting the word “coronavirus”, grateful that we survived and healthy instead of gaining 10 pounds during the hysteria.
Eat right, exercise, and do the 3-point acupressure.
There’s life after the lockdown.