An old Japanese legend says that the secret of longevity was passed on from generation to generation for years. According to the legend, the secret to a long and healthy life was actually a point on the body, which could prevent a hundred diseases if massaged regularly.
The truth is the human body contains 365 points and 12 major meridians, the equal number of days and months in a year, respectively. Acupressure, the eastern philosophy of healing through applying pressure on specific points on the body using hands and fingers only, revolves around these meridians and channels, and their connection to different body organs.
In Chinese medicine the human body is regarded as a system where energy flows, and massaging these particular body points stimulates the flow of energy in the body, thus improving the function of many body organs.
One of the most important point on the body according to both Chinese and Japanese medicine is “the point of longevity” (in China), or “the point of hundred diseases” (in Japan).
Massaging this point, also known as Zu San Li, on a regular basis slows down the aging process, protects against a number of diseases and boosts your health.
As for the location, the Zu San Li point is positioned under the kneecap, and can be found quite easily. Simply put your hands on your knees (left hand on left knee, and right hand on right knee) and locate the point between the ends of your ring and little finger.
You can also locate the Zu San Li point by strongly pressing your feet on the ground in front of you, while sitting on the floor. You should keep your heels down. You can easily notice that there is a place on your knee that’s slightly higher. Its highest point is actually the Zu San Li point.
THE POINT OF HUNDRED DISEASES
The reason why this point is called ‘the point of hundred diseases’ is the fact that it can prevent a long list of health issues and diseases.
For one thing, it keeps the function of all organs in the lower part of the body under control. More importantly, it controls the spinal cord, which partly accounts for the proper function of the reproductive system, kidneys, glands, and digestive tract. It also supports the function of the adrenal glands, which are crucial for the proper function of the body and overall health because they secrete important hormones, such as adrenaline and hydrocortisone.
In addition, massaging the Zu San Li point provides relief from issues such as constipation, gastritis, urinary incontinence, impotence, hiccups.
Massaging this point can also reduce, even eliminate, anxiety, stress, and tension. It restores your inner balance and boosts your self-esteem.
This health-boosting massage is also beneficial for healthy weight loss. For optimal results, massage the point in the evening. You can drop ½ kg in a week.
Regular massage of the Zu San Li point provides the following health benefits:
- improves immune system function,
- prevents inflammation,
- regulates glucose and insulin,
- improves digestion,
- relieves gastrointestinal issues,
- reduces stroke side effects.
How to massage the Zu San Li point – Directions
Start by relaxing for a while before the massage. Also, it’s recommended to sit while doing the massage. Breathe in deeply and focus on your feelings. It’s in this way that you should start the healing and spiritual procedure to restore the harmony of your mind and body.
What you do next is massage the point on each leg in 9 circular movements clockwise. The best time to do the massage is in the morning or before having lunch. If you do it in the evening, it can cause sleeplessness. The treatment lasts about 10 minutes.
Aside from your fingers, you can press and massage the Zu San Li point using grains such as buckwheat, oats, rice, and the like, or garlic cloves.
You can further optimize the benefits of this massage by applying a cut garlic clove on the point. Leave the clove to act for 2 hours, or until your skin reddens a little.
Massaging this acupressure point throughout the day can also provide a number of advantages. For example, massaging the Zu San Li point clockwise in the morning, 8 days before the New Moon will boost your immune system, improve your body organ function and promote cell regeneration.
Massaging this point right before lunch will improve your memory, your cardiovascular and digestive system.
Massaging the Zu San Li point after lunch can relieve headaches, insomnia, anxiety, stress and tension.
Massaging this point on both legs, clockwise, in the evening will boost your metabolism and help you drop extra pounds.