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What are the pressure points on the body?

The American Heart Association has distinguished 11 known pressure points on either side of the human body. In diagnosing Fibromyalgia, doctors check eighteen specific points on the body, if the patient has eleven of the eighteen causing them pain, then they are diagnosed as having fibromyalgia.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has defined hundreds of points on the body, though less than 100 are used in regular therapy.

There are also what are called endangerment points that are in areas that have nerves and blood vessels. These areas require special training in order to use them therapeutically or as a form of self defense. The following is an individual account of how these may be used for such situations:

Pressure Points on the Body There is no way to know how many pressure points are in the body but through my experiments and accidents I have found that there are at least 20 or more on the face, head and neck area alone.

The reason why I know this is because I’ve had to resort to using these to defend myself when challenged with a person bigger than me in build and height /weight or more skilled. The most effective pressure points are situated in the face/neck area being if you want heal or harm defend or incapacitate the up most important pressure point is the temporal lobe because there is a large artery that passes across this thin layer of skin and bone and prolonged blocking of this pressure point will induce very alarming effects such as black-outs (is most common due to a lucky strike) disorientation even loss of senses due to last effect and if struck and blocked or severed may cause death. But on the flip-side, this pressure point has its advantages, through GENTLE manipulation can sooth a sore head by rubbing or placing warm towel or pack against it to improve the blood flow. Another is the upper lip. There is a cluster of nerve endings here so effective that I have used this to my advantage. Also just under both ears there is a recess between the jaw and the skull where the muscle is, there are just a few pressure points in the face/neck area if you want a more detailed discussion email me and I will be more than happy to help you .

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One more thing take it easy with these because I hurt myself badly and I’m not afraid to say it hurt a lot every time I even thought about moving ,so think about the person you are defending against as well. Pressure points differ from each person. A muscular person would be more prone to pressure points than an obese person, and just striking or holding a pressure point might not be enough.
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Self-defense Answer A pressure point can typically be found at any space between bones, though the vulnerability varies. Examples are under the chin, between the radius and ulna (two bones in the forearm), at the base of the head, behind the ears. Anywhere your fingers can sink in when pressure is applied. The two main pressure points are the under the wrist and the temples
Pressure Points:
When a person is severely cut and begins to bleed, it is time for quick action. First air for severe bleeding involves applying pressure over the wound. Sometimes it is possible to press the artery above the wound against the bone behind it, and stop the bleeding. This place is called a pressure point. A pressure point is also an excellent location to take a person’s pulse.

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Understanding Pressure Point Strikes:
Striking to a hyel does not necessarily immediately knock a person out or cause a body part to become instantly numb, as has been propagated by many martial arts charlatans. Self-defense may be understood by the analogy of a body part that has fallen asleep, when proper circulation has been cut off from it.

When applying forced pressure to specific hyel, your goal is not to magically tender your opponent lifeless. What you are planning to achieve is both short term and long term interruption of your attacker’s energy. A listening carefully pressure point strike is initially accomplished by focusing your energy.

Pressure Point Self-Defense:
There are numerous hyels throughout the human body. The pressure point you access in self-defense is only dominated by your precise knowledge of their location and your ability to effectively reach them.

Location of Pressure Points Locations in Human Body:

1. Lung Points: Measure two inches from the nipple. The point is between the first and second ribs from the top, one inch below the middle of the collar bone.

2. Large Intestine Points: On the radial side of the index finger, one inch posterior to the corner of the nail.

3. Heart Points: Above the elbow, anterior; three inches above the elbow in the grove medial to biceps brachia.

4. Small Intestine Points: At the ulnar side of the small finger, about a tenth of an inch posterior to the corner of the nail.

5. Bladder Points: This point is located on the back of the knee. It is to be found in the exact midpoint of the popliteal transverse crease.

The Important Pressure Points for Hemorrhage:
The loss of a small amount of blood will cause no problem for a healthy adult, but loss of one liter or more of blood is life-threatening. The first step to control bleeding is the application of direct pressure to the wound using a clean cloth. An assisting person should wear gloves to protect from blood-borne diseases. A bleeding extremity should be elevated above the level of the heart. In cases of severe, persistent bleeding, application of pressure where a local artery can be pressed against a bone slows the bleeding. The most important of these “pressure points” are the following:

  • The facial artery, which may be pressed against the lower jaw for hemorrhage around the nose, mouth, and cheek. One can feel the pulse of the facial artery in the depression about one inch anterior to the angle of the lower jaw.
  • The temporal artery, which may be pressed against the side of the skull just anterior to the ear to stop hemorrhage on the side of the face and around the ear.
  • The common carotid artery in the neck, which may be pressed back against the spinal column for bleeding in the neck and the head. Avoid prolonged compression, which can result in lack of oxygen to the brain.
  • The subclavian artery, which may be pressed against the first rib by a downward push with the thumb to stop bleeding from the shoulder or arm.
  • The brachial artery, which may be pressed against the arm bone by a push inward along the natural groove between the two large muscles of the arm. Hand, wrist, and forearm hemorrhage will be stopped by this pressing.
  • The femoral artery, which may be pressed to avoid serious hemorrhage of the lower extremity.
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It is important not to leave the pressure on too long, as this may cause damage to tissues supplied by arteries past the pressure point.


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