Debra Betts - Acupuncture and Acupressure for Pregnancy and Childbirth

Sanyinjiao SP-6

Point Location

Youtube point location video

This acupressure point is located using four of the woman's finger widths above the tip of the medial malleous (the shin bone on the inside of the ankle). This area will often be tender and the point is found when you slide your finger off the edge of the tibia bone, towards the inside of the leg. It is useful to press on the tibia when first locating this point as pressing on this bone produces a very different sensation from the acupressure point.

Acupressure Technique

The women or support person can apply direct pressure with their index finger or thumb.

This acupressure point has an effect in helping the cervix to dilate and can be used to help the cervix to dilate efficiently. Women having their first child or those who have experienced dilation difficulties in a previous birth might like to use this point in early labour. It can be used by applying firm acupressure on one leg at a time for approximately one minute, then using it on the opposite leg 20 - 30 minutes later. Once labour has become established (the contractions have become efficient and regular), acupressure can be discontinued.

This acupressure point will often be tender and after using it some women report feeling their cervix stretching and contractions strengthening.

This acupressure point is to be used with caution during pregnancy.

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