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Here’s how you can practise acupressure all by yourself to relieve period cramps

Published on:25 August 2020, 13:57pm IST
Acupressure is a full-fledged science that has proved time and again that it can bring relief in any and every situation. It also makes for the perfect period hack.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Let acupressure take your period pain away. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Ladies, we’ve all been there and done that because period cramps are like a vicious cycle that knocks on our door every month and each month sees us going for a new way of dealing with the pain. 

Now, we’ve all heard and even tried out the usual pills, hot water bag, ginger water, and jaggery. But, what’s your magic mantra out of these? Thinking about their credibility? Well, you must because they might or might not work. Some of them might also have side effects. But, one formula that works like a miracle is acupressure.

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Acupressure is an old but viable technique that is derived from traditional Chinese medicine. It is believed that putting pressure on certain soft points on the body helps in relieving pain. Even doctors recommend self-acupressure to women as it has positive results when it comes to relieving period pain.

But, how on earth can acupressure help with period pain?
Dysmenorrhea, aka, period pain is one of the most common period symptoms faced by almost every woman. According to Dr Gauri Agarwal, fertility expert & founder- Seeds of Innocence, approximately 50 to 90 percent of young women experience excessive period pains. At times, it is so severe that it leads to abdominal cramping, backache, and diarrhoea in some women. Due to this, they experience body fatigue and are unable to function properly.

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“Self-acupressure is considered effective and helps to achieve a relative reduction in menstrual pain”, says Dr Agarwal.

Press, hold, and repeat: Just practice self-acupressure and feel the difference instantly

Acupressure can be helpful in reducing the pain and severity of dysmenorrhea for up to 2 hours after application,” she says.

There are two pressure points that are located at the following spots in your hand:

  • Between the base of your thumb
  • Between the base of your index finger

All you need to do is press these points alternatively. Hold on for a few seconds and move to the other point. Keep alternating between the two for five minutes and then switch to the other hand. 

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You’ll see a significant difference in the cramps which might last for at least two hours. After that, you can repeat this again and bid adieu to menstrual cramps like they never existed with acupressure.

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.