Dr. Kim Teaches
Five Acupressure Points to...
Blood Flow in Legs and Feet
Dr. Ben Kim
you noticed that your fingernails grow more quickly than your toenails?
If not, the next time you clip your fingernails and toenails on the
same day, take note of how quickly they grow. I'm confident that you'll
find that your fingernails need another trim at least a few days before
your toenails do.
curious about why your fingernails grow faster than your toenails?
The answer is simple: Your upper extremities are closer to the pumping
power of your heart than your lower extremities are, so your arms
and hands enjoy better overall blood circulation than your legs and
tidbit on human anatomy and physiology illustrates how important your
blood circulation is to the health of all of your cells. Better circulation
almost always translates to quicker growth and repair of damaged cells.
This is only logical of course, since the health of all of your cells
is dependent on receiving a steady supply of oxygen and nutrients,
as well as on having carbon dioxide and other waste products removed
on a continual basis; your blood circulation is responsible for fulfilling
both of these roles.
your lower extremities generally do not enjoy the same level of blood
perfusion that the rest of your body does, it stands to reason that
your thighs, legs, and feet can use all of the extra help that you
can provide through your food and lifestyle choices to promote strong
and steady blood circulation.
you be concerned with promoting healthy blood circulation throughout
your lower extremities? Because solid blood flow to your thighs, legs,
and feet can help accomplish all of the following:
restless leg syndrome, which involves experiencing unpleasant
sensations like itchiness and burning in your legs, which can
create an uncontrollable urge to thrash your legs around while
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2.
quick healing of wounds and injuries, from cuts to sprained ankles
and fractured bones.
healthy bones and muscles throughout your lower extremities.
efficient temperature regulation throughout your lower extremities
i.e. prevent cold feet.
the best therapies that you can use to promote optimal blood flow
throughout your legs and feet is acupressure,
which involves applying deep and steady pressure to specific locations.
to using acupressure to promote healthy blood circulation in your
lower extremities is to know the locations of the major arteries that
supply fresh blood, oxygen, and nutrients to your pelvic, thigh, leg,
and foot regions.
of Arterial Supply and Key Acupressure Points in Your Lower Extremities
your heart, blood pumps down toward your lower extremities via your
aorta, which becomes your abdominal aorta, which turns into your common
iliac arteries (near the top of your pelvic region), which give rise
to your external iliac arteries (near the middle portion of your pelvic
region), which give rise to your femoral arteries. Your femoral arteries
are named for the femur bone, which is the large bone that begins
at the bottom of your pelvis and ends at your knee joint.
femoral arteries (one in each leg) give rise to all of the arteries
that supply fresh blood to every region of your lower extremities.
So the best acupressure point to begin with is Spleen-12 (one on each
side of your body). Application of pressure to Spleen-12 can help
to promote optimal blood flow through your femoral arteries.
is in your pelvic region in the center of the crease where your
thigh joins your trunk. Pictures of SP-12 can be found on pages
127 and 129 of Acupressure's
soft, fleshy area found behind each of your knees, your femoral artery
becomes your popliteal artery. Healthy blood flow through your popliteal
artery can be promoted by applying pressure to a point called Bladder
is in the center of the soft, fleshy area at the back of your knee,
right in the crease of your knee joint. In Acupressure's
Potent Points, this point is shown as BL-54
on pages 148 and 149. Some practitioners refer to this point as
BL-40, while others refer to it as BL-54.
of ensuring that you locate BL-40 is to start by applying pressure
along the middle portion of your calf muscle and then run straight
up to the back of your popliteal fossa.
the back of your knee joint, your popliteal artery gives rise to your
anterior tibial artery, which travels down the front part of your
leg in the muscles associated with your shins (when these muscles
are inflamed, this condition is referred to as shin splints).
Healthy blood flow through your anterior tibial artery can be promoted
by applying pressure to a point called Stomach-36.
is located approximately four finger widths below the bottom border
of your kneecap, one finger width outside of your shin bone (tibia).
You can confirm that you are on the right spot by placing your fingers
on this area and feeling for muscle contraction while you move your
ankle joint up and down. Pictures of ST-36 can be found on pages
127 and 128 of Acupressure's
from the back of your knee joint, your popliteal artery gives rise
to your posterior tibial artery, which travels down the back of your
leg and supplies fresh blood to most of the tissues in the posterior
compartment of your leg and ultimately the bottom of your foot. Healthy
blood flow through your posterior tibial artery can be promoted by
applying pressure to a point called Spleen-6.
is located approximately three finger widths above your inner ankle
bone, in a tender-to-applied-pressure region of your lower calf
muscle, just behind your main shin bone (tibia). Pictures of SP-6
can be found on pages 169 and 171 of Acupressure's
ankle region, your anterior and posterior tibial arteries come together
to form a network of smaller arteries that supply fresh blood, oxygen,
and nutrients to your feet. The best acupressure point to stimulate
to promote healthy blood flow through this network of arteries is
is located in the soft, fleshy area that is between your big and
second toes - run your finger up this region toward your ankle until
just before you can't go another further because you have run into
bones (your first and second metatarsals). A picture of LR-3 can
be found on page 107 of Acupressure's
decide to use the acupressure points listed above to promote healthy
blood circulation throughout your lower extremities, please be sure
to first receive permission from your primary health care provider,
as there are some health conditions that contraindicate the use of
acupressure in certain areas of your body.
like an excellent reference book that offers guidance on using trigger
point therapy for a wide variety of health challenges, including those
related to poor blood circulation in the legs, I recommend that you
have a look at:
Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain
Relief, Second Edition
the use of acupressure and trigger point therapy, you can promote
healthy blood circulation in your legs and feet by following the food
and lifestyle suggestions found in the following articles:
to Prevent Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
to Prevent Varicose Veins
grade supplements that may also be of assistance in promoting healthy
blood circulation through your lower extremities are:
Whole Food Vitamin and Mineral Formula
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