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Detox with Acupressure

Detox with Acupressure

Acupressure, a powerful needle-free form of acupuncture, can help with liver detoxification.  It is a simple, no-cost healing method that has survived the test of time for almost 10,000 years, probably due to its effectiveness.

Conducting acupressure is easy.  Don’t worry if you are unfamiliar with the points.  A little practice and you’ll have it mastered.  Simply, apply firm pressure to the points mentioned below (see the diagram that follows) and firmly hold each point for a minute or two. The points may be tender, but the tenderness usually subsides as you continue to hold the point.  That’s a sign that you’ve found the right point and that the acupressure is helping to disperse stagnant qi (pronounced “chee”), which means energy.

Start with the points Heart 8 and Liver 2 simultaneously then move to Lung 8 and Liver 4 simultaneously.  In other words you’ll hold two points at a time for this particular acupressure technique.  Repeat on the opposite side of your body.  See the diagram below to help you locate the points.  The names of the points “Heart,” “Liver,” and “Lung” refer to the energy pathway on which the point sits, and the corresponding organ to which it helps.  So, while you’re working on this combination of points which is particularly good for the liver, it will also have benefits for the lungs and heart as well.

This acupressure can be conducted periodically throughout the day on a regular basis for best results.

Heart 8 (H 8 ) is located on the palm of the hand, about one inch below the webbing between the little finger and ring finger.

Liver 2 (Liv 2) is located on the top of the foot where the big toe and the second toe meet.


Lung 8 (Lu 8 ) is located on the inside of the arm, on the thumb side, about one inch higher than the wrist crease.

Liver 4 (Liv 4) is located on the front of the ankle bone on the inside of the leg.

Adapted with permission from The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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5:00PM PST on Jan 4, 2015

This is absolutely awful. As a licensed acupuncturist I must comment. And this is not something I do. Ever.

These points are inaccurate and inappropriate. PLEASE do further research before you choose to follow the instructions here. For starters, the location of Liver 4 is completely wrong on the diagram. Please, look to other articles.

12:23PM PST on Dec 18, 2014

Always cool to see acupressure articles.

11:48PM PDT on May 30, 2014

this is interesting, thank-you, for posting it

12:32AM PDT on May 27, 2014

I've used acupressure in the past to take care of a headache or a sore back so I appreciate this information as well. Thank you.

8:31AM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

Thanks so much for posting this.

8:13PM PDT on May 18, 2013

i am dealing with a lung clot. i will be adding this to my self care healing routine.

7:27AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013


7:29AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Cannot attest to detoxification, but I'm a firm believer in accupressure for relief of tension and pain.

9:29AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

I tried this but couldn't manage both points at once on my own. Is there a trick?

3:43PM PST on Nov 4, 2012


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