Every day, most of us deal with stressful situation after stressful situation. A recent poll from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health found that 1 out of 4 Americans have experienced a great deal of stress in the last month, and this is only the stress we are conscious of. Many other things cause “hidden” stress that make it nearly impossible for us to juggle our day to day lives. (source)
Stress can cause many health problems including high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, headaches and even Alzheimer’s disease. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can lead to kidney failure or heart disease.
Reducing stress and blood pressure are key to living a long, healthy life and it is important to try to reduce as much stress in your life as possible.
Some ways to reduce stress include:
- Eating a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Reducing caffeine and sugar intake.
- Avoiding alcohol and cigarettes.
- Getting plenty of sleep.
Another way to help reduce stress and blood pressure is to try acupressure. Acupressure uses a firm purposeful touch to promote blood circulation and relieve muscle tension. It also activates the body’s life force, which can be used to heal a specific health problem or area of the body.
The GB 21 acupressure point is located at the highest point of the shoulder and is used to reduce stress and lower high blood pressure or hypertension. Just pressing the points on both shoulders for 5 minutes is all you need to gain all the benefits of this pressure point!
Learn how to activate the GB 21 point in the video below!