Point for Boosting Mental Alertness and Energy
By Dr. Ben
of the first points that I learned about during my education in
contemporary medical acupuncture was GV-26, also known as Governing
is also called Shui Gou, and is traditionally used as a
first-aid revival point due to its effectiveness in restoring consciousness
and mental alertness after a person has fainted or become extremely
recommend GV-26 as a point that people can apply pressure to for
about a minute at a time to increase mental alertness and physical
energy. Pressure can be applied with the tip of a finger, or for
increased effectiveness, with the tip of a fingernail.
found that self-application of pressure to GV-26 is particularly
useful for drowsy drivers, providing an almost immediate boost of
alertness that can be life-saving. GV-26 can also promote mental
clarity and focus, useful for when a project is at hand and the
brain feels sluggish.
is located between your upper lip and nose, about one-third of the
way down from the bottom of your nose. If you have a copy of Acupressure's
Potent Points: a Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments, you
can view a picture of GV-26 on page 94.
promoting mental alertness, I have consistently found that application
of pressure or an acupuncture needle to GV-26 can accelerate healing
and restoration of range of motion after a sprain/strain of the
of GV-26 by finger or needle can produce powerful effects because
this point allows access to two important cranial nerves: the trigeminal
and facial nerves. Both of these nerves carry signals back to the
brain stem in areas that are ripe with autonomic nervous system
those with knowledge of human anatomy:
provides access to muscular branches of the right and left buccal
branches of cranial nerve VII, and superior labial branches of the
infraorbital nerve, which is a branch of the middle division of
cranial nerve V. GV-26 also provides access to branches of superior
labial arteries and tributaries of companion veins.
you still don't have a copy of Acupressure's
Potent Points: a Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments, I highly
recommend that you purchase one from Amazon.com. I will continue
to make reference to acupressure points that I apply treatment to
for various health challenges in future articles, and this book
provides clear illustrations that enables precise determination
of the location of each point that has been and will be discussed.
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