Chinese medicine views our body as an energy system which can be stimulated through acupuncture and massage. These techniques can influence our energy flow and improve the function of our organs. According to the Chinese medicine, if you place an ice cube on the back of your neck it will promote your overall health, improve your mood and give yourself an energy boost.
The point you’re looking for is located between the tendons in the neck, at the base of the skull, just below the bottom ridge of the skull cap, at the top of the neck. Acupuncture labeled this point Feng Fu or refuge of wind. According to acupuncturists pressing this point with an ice cube can promote your overall health and well-being.
Lie on your stomach (or sit) and put one ice cube at this point, and hold it for twenty minutes. Instead of holding it the entire time you can secure the ice cube with a bandage or a scarf. At first it may feel a bit unpleasant; you’ll feel icy cold at the spot but just for 30-40 seconds. You’ll notice the spot heating up in a minute. You need to repeat this process twice a day, in the morning and before you go to bed, every day, if you want to experience all the benefits.
By pressing this point you’re releasing endorphin in your blood stream and don’t be surprised if your feel euphoric during the first few days of the treatment.
Be warned that this is not a treatment for a specific medical condition, it’s a method which will restore your physiological balance, rejuvenate your body and provide you with strength and energy. If you practice this technique every day you’ll notice your sleep problems will disappear, your mood swings will be eliminated and you’ll feel better overall.
There are a number of other health benefits from massaging this point such as better digestion, headaches, toothaches and joint pain relief and many others.
Moreover, it can help those suffering from asthma, obesity and malnutrition, neurological diseases with degenerative changes of the spine, acute gastrointestinal and sexually transmitted diseases, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, disorders of the thyroid gland, arthritis, hypertension and hypotension, cellulite (especially in the prevention and early stage), insomnia, stress, chronic fatigue, depression, disorders of the menstrual cycle and endocrine infertility, psycho-emotional disorders.
If you have a pacemaker, if you’re pregnant or suffer from epilepsy or schizophrenia you shouldn’t practice this method.