Use the Tranquilizer Point to Help Relax

Having trouble relaxing? Try a little acupressure on the tranquility or tranquilizer point as a natural tool to decrease anxiety and promote relaxation.

It is one of two solar plexus points. It is found on the ear, just in front of the tragus, the small bump that juts out in the middle of the ear, where the ear meets the face. To help you locate the point, check out this week’s Wellness Wednesday video.

Acupressure is a component of traditional Chinese medicine and is believed to help balance the flow of energy or “qi” in the body, which is thought to be essential for health and well-being. According to this theory, there are over 300 acupressure points on the body that are connected to specific organs, systems, and emotional states. Applying pressure to these points is believed to help release tension, reduce pain, improve circulation, and promote relaxation and overall health.

Acupressure can be used to address a wide range of health issues, including headaches, digestive problems, insomnia, menstrual cramps, and anxiety, among others. It can be performed by a trained practitioner or self-administered by the patient using gentle pressure with the fingers or special tools. Simply locate the point and apply moderate pressure for a minute or two.

Stimulate the Tranquilizer Point with moderate pressure to calm anxiety and promote sleep. Because of its effects, point has also been nicknamed the Valium Point, after the medication that was popular for treating anxiety and alcohol withdrawal in the 70’s and early 80’s.

About the Author: Deb Timmerman, RN, DAIS, CSME, HMCT is the Chief Resilience Officer of Deb Timmerman and Associates, a firm helping people prepare for, recover from, and adapt in the face of stress, challenge, or adversity. She specializes in burnout prevention and recovery and rapid stress relief. She holds multiple certifications in complementary therapies and is certified in face and ear reflexology. This blog is intended for general education. While ear reflexology may provide benefits, it is not a substitute for conventional medical treatment. If you have a medical or mental health condition you should consult a medical professional.

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