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  • Writer's pictureAmy Malone RN LAc DiplOM

TCM Tip of the Month: February 2019

Do you ever get that feeling in the afternoon that you just can't keep your eyes open. You're ready for a nap but that simply isn't in the cards for the day. You think about having an afternoon cup of coffee or tea, but worry that it's going to keep you up past your bedtime....and sleep just can't be sacrificed.

So how can you beat that afternoon energy dip without supplementation or napping....acupressure! There is a point on the top of the head, it's called Bai Hui (Du 20) and is the meeting point for all the yang channels in the body. So now I'm sure you're thinking, what the heck are yang channels and why do they matter.

There are 12 primary channels in the body, one for each organ system and they are divided into yin and yang. Yang energy in chinese medicine is warm and invigorating. It embodies action and movement. Stimulating the yang qi in your body can help to brighten things up and make you more alert. It can enhance the clarity of your thoughts and improve memory. I think it's safe to say that most of us would benefit from a little sharpening up in the afternoon. So, when you feel that post lunch fatigue setting it, take a moment to do some acupressure. Find the point from the image below, and apply firm pressure with a clockwise rotation for about a minute. You can repeat this as often as you need to throughout the day.

Baihui, aka Du 20, meeting point of the yang channels. Acupressure here for stress relief, mental clarity and an energy boost.

**All information and resources found on are based on the opinions, experience and research of the author unless otherwise noted. All information is intended to motivate readers to make their own nutrition and health decisions after consulting with their health care provider...even if that provider may be the author ;)

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