Top 2 Acupuncture Points to Reduce Stress

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Stress management guide

Acupuncture points to Help You Reduce Stress

Fight or flight?

We all experience stress at some point in our lives, most experience stress daily. With our current COVID-19 pandemic, stress for many is high.

Stress can take many forms: anxiety, overwhelm, fear, anger, fatigue, worry, overeating, sadness. It all is normal to experience a wide variety of emotions during this time.

Another element that can lead to stress, especially with our mandated quarantine and working from home is finding new routines or keeping up with normal routines.

Well, you are in luck. We have some simple strategies to help.

Can acupuncture points help navigate your stress?

In recent studies, acupuncture has been found to not only reduce overall stress but work to modulate immune system, reduce anxiety, improve mood, and reduce pain.

There are several acupuncture points that when pressed (acupressure) that are known to treat stress and stress related symptoms. It’s important to understand that acupressure is not the only form of treatment and having a balanced diet, exercise regime and lifestyle will also decrease the chances of stress being a factor in your life.

Get to know these acupuncture points for stress:

The following five acupoints are known to help alleviate stress and other related symptoms.

  • Yin Tang
  • LI 4—He Gu


LI 4 aka Hegu:

LI 4 is known to treat swelling and pain of the eye, nasal obstruction, toothache, facial swelling, deafness, sore throat and much more. In TCM, it’s said to dispel exterior wind, stimulate the dispersing function of the lungs, removes pain, and harmonizing descending and ascending functions. This point is located on the back of the hand at the apex of the webbed triangle between the thumb and the index finger.

*Please note, LI4 should not be pressed or stimulated if you are pregnant or looking to become pregnant as some pressure points may affect you.*


Acupuncture Point LI4

Source: AcupunctureMediaWorks, 2020

Yin Tang aka the Third Eye:

This point is located about one finger above the point between the eyebrows and will be almost directly in the middle of the forehead. Working this point is said to calm the mind, clarify ideas and intuition as well as strengthen mental projection. It can be used to alleviate dizziness, stress, vertigo, sinusitis and headaches.

Yintang for reducing stress

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Each of the above points can be used to aid in relieving stress and/or other symptoms that can cause stress. In addition, Dr. Heintze offers in-person wellness consults as well as telehealth/virtual consults to address stress management techniques, natural ways to promote wellness, digestive health concerns, fatigue, insomnia, and pain management. We offer integrative care to promote individual plans for optimal wellness, whatever your specific health goals are.

Call our office at (425) 686-4498 to schedule your consult today with Dr. Heintze today to learn how we can help!

Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Bothell, WA at her practice Starting Point Acupuncture. She specializes in chronic and complex cases and commonly treats neuropathy, fibromyalgia, migraines, autoimmune, and infertility cases. Dr. Ellie Heintze is also the author of the book, A Starting Point Guide to Going Gluten-Free  and Keep Calm and Zen Out available on Amazon.


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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc

  • Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
    Bastyr University
  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
    Bastyr University
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
    Northern Arizona University
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