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Two Acupressure Points for Menstrual Cramp Relief

Updated on April 16, 2014

What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is the massage of acupuncture points and is used to promote circulation and reduce pain. You can use it to reduce menstrual cramps and symptoms of PMS.

The two best points for cramp relief are Stomach 36 (ST 36) and Spleen 6 (SP 6). I often advise my patients to massage these two acupressure points on their own.

Stomach 36

Stomach 36

ST 36 is one of the most important and commonly used acupuncture points.  If you are trying to reduce menstrual cramps you should first gently examine ST 36 area.  If the muscles there are tight, then pressing deeply and strongly with your thumb will help reduce the cramping and pain.  Be careful because this area can be sensitive and pressing very hard can cause bruising.  If the muscle there are weak, then gently rubbing is better.  This point can also be used for general health, improve digestion, stomachaches, and reduce fatigue.   

To locate ST 36 find the bump on your bone about one inch below the knee. This bump is called the tibial tuberosity. ST 36 is level with the bottom of the tibial tuberosity, one thumb width towards the outside of the leg.

Spleen 6

Spleen 6

Sp 6 is a very important point to reduce menstrual cramps, regulate the menstrual cycle, treat pain, and improve energy.  This is because the point strongly moves the qi and blood.  It also helps to produce qi. So stimulating this point will help improve digestion, energy, and reduce pain and can be used to prevent or treat acute cramps.

Sp 6 is located on the inside of your calf.  The point is on the center line of your leg.  Place your hand on the top of the inner ankle bone.  The point is the same distance as the width of you 4 fingers put together.

You can use these points to relieve cramps, but also you can rub both of these points daily to prevent menstrual cramps.  Do not rub these points if you are pregnant.  


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      Min 2 years ago

      I was instructed to do this on both legs. Also acupuncturist suggested to apply moxa to each of same points in addition to around belly button for cramps too :3 heat feels so good too. I prefer the smokeless moxa though cuz other stinks to where have special clothes just for moxa use xD

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      Maren 2 years ago

      Repeat on both legs, or just one?

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      Cristina 7 years ago from Virginia

      This really worked for me! Thank you so much.