Individuals and practitioners alike have been investigating the implementation of the Chinese Meridian System.
It has been the custom of traditional Asian Medicine to use pressure, ice, or needles to manipulate the meridians of the body.
Recently there has been an introduction of tapping the meridians as well.
It is important to first understand the concept of the meridian system within the context of Ancient Chinese Philosophy.
The practitioners of this art believe that the body contains energy which is referred to as Qi. This energy travels along pathways throughout the body and sometimes these energy highways get clogged so to speak. This is believed to cause both physical disease and psychological disorders.
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In order to relieve these symptoms and correct these issues individuals must open the pathways to allow Qi to flow freely.
Each meridian in this system has a specific point and each point is connected to certain organs or bodily systems.
The GV 16 or Feng Fu is a specific point at the base of the skull and translates as wind mansion.
This particular meridian point is said to promote overall well-being among many other benefits. (source)
- Reduces Insomnia
- Improves Digestion
- Boost the Immune System
- Pain Management
- Enhances the Respiratory System
- Breathing Disorder Management
- Increases Circulation
- Strengthens the Cardiovascular System
- Improves Neurological Disorders
- Reduces Hypertension
- Improves Psychological Disorders
- Reduces Stress and Anxiety
- Relives Tension Headache and Migraines
It may be necessary to tie a bandana or scarf about the head to hold the ice in the proper position. An ice bandage also works rather well.
The ice should be placed at the very base of the skull and should remain there for about 15 to 20 minutes. (source)
The ice, of course, will be cold and may be slightly uncomfortable for several seconds; however, it should not cause any pain. The exact spot will feel as if it is getting warmer before an entire minute is up.
This should be repeated about twice each day. Once in the morning hours and just before bedtime should be sufficient to begin to feel positive results.
The process may induce a slight feeling of euphoria for the first couple of days. This is because it incites the release of endorphins.
Note: The icing of this meridian point is not recommended for pregnant women, those who have a history of seizures, has had a pacemaker implanted, or for anyone who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.