Are you a sugar user? People do resort to high sugar drinks and snacks for a quick jolt of energy. The trouble with using sugar for the boost, is it sets up a roller-coaster ride that can soon become addictive and lead to health problems, and of course the "crash" after sugar or caffeine always leaving you below where you started. Research reveals an acupressure point that boosts energy and alertness naturally.
The Highs & Lows of using Sugar for Energy
Soon after a sugar fix you start buzzing with energy, but it's a short lived and soon swings sharply the other way with that big slump. If you address that slump by eating or drinking something else high in sugar, you'll get that energy rush again, followed by another slump. Ever deeper too by the way.
Acupressure Energy Boost
Acupuncture and Acupressure share a network of vital energy points situated along meridian channels throughout the body. For thousands of years these points have been used to influence qi (chi), the body's subtle energy force, for a wide variety of physical and emotional benefits.
The University of Michigan recently finished an intensive study that set out to prove that acupressure can provide an effective natural energy boost. Lead researcher, Dr Richard Harris, explains "it [acupressure] seems to stimulate the nerves that moderate attention and alertness".
Tapping the Sweet Spot
Students in the trial experimented with massaging five acupressure points for three minutes each. The most effective and stimulating point was the Si Shen Chong point, known to acupuncturists as one of the extraordinary acupoints (HN1), and found right in the center at the top of the head.
Participants in the trial found the most effective way to get a sugar-free energy boost, was to tap this point lightly with the fingertips for two or three minutes.
The point used in this trial is one of the extra energy points sometimes used in the EFT meridian points tapping sequence. The beauty of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is that it uses a series of potent acupuncture and acupressure points that not only give the body a natural energy boost, but can also be used to control addictive cravings for sugar and popular stimulants like caffeine. EFT is used by many to address an array of life issues facing us all, not merely energy but guilt, procrastination and a host of others.
EFT uses a set sequence of 12 acupuncture points known to give relief from a wide range of emotional and physical symptoms. As found in the University of Michigan study, results are easily and reliably achieved by tapping lightly on the acupuncture points with the fingertips.
So, today, instead of having that bag of chips with a soda, try tapping the top of your head! You just might be starting down a path that leads toward a lot of relief in all areas of life, not just energy!