Volume 1, Issue 2: Monday, July 12, 1999

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Complementary First Aid, Part I – Acupressure
by Monte CunninghamThe Acu-Ki Institute

One of the most portable yet highly-effective methods of complementary healthcare is Acupressure. It requires no more than a chart and a hand to administer treatments, though treatments can be administered with wooden tools as well as coupled with massage and essential oils. Both have been successfully used for thousands of years to help millions of people This article features Acupressure and is written by Monte Cunningham, a man who has spent more than 35 years studying this healthcare modality. – KJ

The healing art of Acupressure is at least 5,000 years old and remains the third most popular method for pain and illness relief in the world. It is a complete health system that has been documented for use in over 3000 conditions. Anyone seeking alternatives to their current treatments, or those concerned about situations in which they may not be able to find medical help (such as Y2K), should consider this as their first treatment choice.


For the conditions listed below, you will find points that the experts agree help these conditions and that are easy to find. Sometimes you only need a few points to get results. The points follow.

For more background on Acupressure, see the full article or the Complementary Healing Acupressure Chapter.

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  • GB 20 – just under the base of the skull in two small muscular grooves at the back of the neck
  • GB 21 – on top of the shoulder, 2″-3″ from the side of the neck
  • GB 30 – near the “ball-joint” of the hips in the depression formed by squeezing the buttocks (relax before stimulating)
  • Li 4* – on the back of the hand between the thumb and index finger, in the center of the large bone on your finger – to be probed inward toward the main body of the hand, directly on the bone
  • Li 11 – on the extreme end of the outer crease of the elbow – bend arm tightly to find point (open arm and relax before stimulating)
  • SP 6* – on the front of the leg, just behind the shin bone – the width of one hand (three thumbs) above the crown of the inner ankle
  • St 36* – in the trough or valley just away from the most prominent shin bone, the width of one hand (three thumbs) below the bottom of the kneecap toward outside of leg the width of one thumb.
  • T 5 – on the forearm two thumb widths above the most prominent crease of the upper wrist, in line with the middle finger
  • UB 54 – at the rear of the knee, in the center of the crease between the two ligaments
  • UB 60 – in the hollow or valley behind the crown of the outer ankle

*Pregnant women should avoid using SP 6, Li 4, and St 36.


  • Allergies: Li4,11 Sp6 St36
  • Arthritis: GB20 Li4,11 St36 T5 UB60
  • Asthma: Li4 GB20,21 Sp6 St36
  • Bronchitis: Li4 GB20,21 St36
  • Cold and Flu: Li4,11 T5 GB20 St36 Sp6
  • Constipation: St36 SP6 Li4,11
  • Diarrhea: St36, Sp6 Li4
  • Ear Infection: Li4,11 T5 St36 GB20
  • Fainting: St36 Li4 GB20
  • Fatigue: St36 GB21
  • Fever: Li4,11 T5
  • Hemorrhoids: Li11 Sp6 UB60
  • Indigestion: Sp6 St36 Li4
  • Infection: Li4,11 St36
  • Insomnia: Sp6 GB20 St36
  • Menstrual Cramps: Li4 St36 GB20 Sp6
  • Motion Sickness: GB20 St36 Sp6
  • Multiple Sclerosis: GB20 UB60 St36 Sp6
  • Nausea: GB21 St36
  • Pain control: Li4 Sp6 St36 GB20 UB60
  • Pneumonia: St36 Li4,11
  • Sciatica: GB30 UB54,60 Sp6
  • Sinusitis: GB20 Li4,11 Sp6
  • Toothache: Li4,11 St36
  • Vertigo: Li4 GB20,21 UB60 T5 St36


To find the appropriate point, read the point description above, then find the general area on your skin. Gently probe the area until you find that point which gives you a “funny bone” feeling or is sensitive, tender or sore. Then press hard enough to make the point hurt.

You can use a steady pressure or a five seconds on and five seconds off rotating pressure for the time you stimulate the point. Usually one minute is sufficient for each treatment session.

Regular, systematic treatment usually gets the best results because the effects of Acupressure are cumulative. At first, frequent treatment is recommended. Treatment three times daily for five to ten minutes may be necessary. Or treat more frequent, such as every two hours, until you start feeling relief. You cannot overdose.

Some report almost immediate results; others may need a few weeks to get lasting results. Acupressure is safe. Side effects are very rare. Treat while sitting down and do not administer after meals.

To find more conditions and points, as well as more information on how to get the best results, visit the Acu-Ki Institute website.

Thirty-five years ago, Monte Cunnigham injured his back playing football in high school, causing intermittent and unexplainable pain. After two back surgeries, depression, drinking, and contemplation of suicide, he began searching for other ways of healing, studying diets, exercises and meditations. Through careful and exhaustive research, he learned techniques and developed tools that have worked for him and have helped others. In the last 15 years, he has completely freed himself of the pain. Contact: Monte Cunningham,The Acu-Ki Institute, PO Box 62, Woodruff AZ 85942, (888)853-0646.

Your Art and Prose on Our Website

Carrying on in the fine tradition of the CompWellness Network and the Internet, we are planning to expand our website by adding works by practitioners of, or on subjects dealing with, complementary healthcare: art, first chapters of books, short stories and poetry. From our website, the reader will be linked to an email or website to obtain available works or to communicate further with the author.

Please email your works to us with the following:

  • Full contact information
  • Two-paragraph biography
  • Three recommendations from objective practitioners or clients (to maintain our high standards, as we do with our members)
  • Permission to reprint
  • Purchase options for submitted works

Please submit graphics as 150-200 dpi GIF or JPEG files. Please submit text in Word 7 or lower, or in HTML format, with as much formatting and color as you’d like.

For works that are for sale, there will be a $50 charge ($75 after August 30) for each work displayed on the website. For works that may be downloaded at no charge – with or without publication restrictions – there will be no charge.

Announcements – National

The National Y2K Civic Prep Task Force telephone conference will focus on “Healthcare Challenges & Contingencies,” and will be held from 2:00-3:30 PM EDT on July 15th. To participate in this and other teleconferences, visit the Coalition 2000 Participation page. We will be responding in the presentations, encouraging discussion of medication delivery and healthcare alternatives. Meet you there!

Announcements – Local

Boulder County, Colorado has been used as a model for Y2K community organization across the US. See the Boulder Community Network site for the latest Boulder/Denver area Y2K meeting information.

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