6 Acupressure Points for Controlling Diabetes [ NEW & EASY ]

Dr. Pakhi Sharma (MBBS)
Dr. Pakhi Sharma (MBBS)

General Physician | 6+ years

Acupressure Points for Diabetes
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Many diabetics have managed to control their sugar levels with healthy dietary modifications and regular exercise. But did you know that natural remedies such as acupressure can effectively lower your blood sugar levels? Yes! Acupressure is a simple and safe technique that can be beneficial in managing diabetes.Let’s find out how acupressure works, what is the right technique, and what are the best acupressure points for diabetes.

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What Are Acupressure Points?

Acupressure is an ancient practice that has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It promotes relaxation, wellness and is also beneficial in treating various health conditions. The practice involves applying gentle pressure on certain points to stimulate specific bodily functions. Massaging the right acupressure points can help you control your sugar levels, improve blood flow, and improves the function of your organs.

How Does Acupressure Benefit Diabetics?

As a treatment methodology, acupressure focuses on fighting the symptoms from its start. Diabetes is a chronic condition that results from high blood sugar levels. It occurs as the result of an imbalance in insulin levels, which is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps regulate your blood sugar levels. 

Acupressure can effectively help manage diabetes by regulating your pancreatic function. It also helps improve your metabolism and fights obesity which is a major risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes.

How Does Acupressure Work?

According to Chinese principles, certain invisible pathways of energy called meridians flow throughout your body. These paths are believed to connect your organs with other parts of the body. By stimulating certain points (acupressure points) that lie along these meridians, you can restore the energy flow through your body and improve the functioning of the organs. 

The acupressure points that are chosen will depend upon your symptoms. Therefore, the acupressure points chosen for those with high blood sugar levels will be different from the points that are chosen for other conditions. Applying pressure on these points will help improve your blood circulation and your blood sugar.


6 Acupressure Points for Diabetes

  •  Palm


This point lies in the fleshy part of your palm that falls between the index finger and the thumb. You can apply pressure at this point with the index finger and the thumb of the other hand for as long as 5 minutes and repeat the same on the other hand. It helps control ailments such as diabetes, intestinal problems, provides pain relief, and also reduces excess heat in the body.

  • Wrist (Stress Relief Point)


This acupressure point falls on the side of your wrist along the little finger. Applying pressure to this point for about 5 minutes every day will help manage your blood sugar levels. It helps reduce the stress on the heart and improves circulation. This is beneficial in managing diabetes. 

  • Below the Knees (Arthritis Point)

 Below the Knees

This point lies 2 centimeters below your knees towards the outside. Massaging this point both clockwise and anticlockwise for 5 minutes every day can be helpful in controlling diabetes. It is also known to provide relief from arthritis and indigestion issues.

  • Behind the Knees (Urinary Point)

 Behind the Knees

This point falls behind the knees, above your calf muscles. It is also called the urinary point. Massaging this point every day for 3 to 5 minutes is found to be beneficial in managing diabetes. It helps in clearing impurities from the body and managing urinary problems which are common in diabetics.

  • Feet (Liver Point)


It is called the liver point and is a small pressure point between the first two toes. Applying pressure to this point (in a counterclockwise circle) for about 3 to 5 minutes every day helps improve your blood sugar levels. Other than diabetes it is also beneficial in treating conditions such as insomnia, high blood pressure, liver disorders, stress, and anxiety.

  • The Spleen Point

Spleen Point

It is located on the inside of your lower leg just behind the shin bones and above the ankle. Applying firm pressure on the spleen point every day for about 3 minutes will help improve the spleen (an organ that forms a part of your immune system) function and also in controlling diabetes. It is also beneficial for your general health, stress control, reproductive health, and digestion.

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  • Acupressure is an ancient practice that has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It promotes relaxation, wellness and is also beneficial in treating various health conditions.
  • There are many pressure points in the human body, stimulating which can help control diabetes and benefit your general wellness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Diabetes is a chronic condition that cannot be cured. Acupressure when practiced along with lifestyle changes and medications can help in managing the condition well.

Acupressure is generally a safe procedure. However, make it a point to consult your doctor before opting for acupressure therapy. Also, make sure that the procedure is done by a certified practitioner.

Acupressure for a diabetic can lower blood sugar levels and aids in blood circulation. However, it can have side effects if not done in the right way. It can include bruising and loss of sensation at the pressure points.

[Note: Pressure must be applied gently over the acupressure points. You can consult a certified acupressure practitioner before you start.]

Acupressure therapy can treat a wide range of health conditions such as anxiety, stress, headache, digestion problems, etc.

Acupressure, when done in the right way, is found to lower blood sugar and reduce the risk of complications from diabetes.

Dr. Pakhi Sharma
Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBS
(General physician, 6+ years)
An expert in obstetrics and medical emergencies, Dr. Pakhi Sharma, an alumni of Sri Devaraj Urs University of Higher Education and Research Centre, is a general physician working at Phablecare. She has 6+ years of work experience spread across gynaecology and obstetrics, family medicine, and medical emergencies at renowned hospitals and clinics.

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