Many people know about the positive benefits of foot reflexology. But did you know there’s a point on the top of your foot that is said to relieve many ailments throughout your whole body?
The point is located right in between the large toe and the second toe and is called the Tai Chong or LV3 point (liver point). The acupressure point is also referred to as the “detox and decongestion point”.
Find the gap between your big toe and second toe; you should feel a slight depression near the metatarsal bones in your foot. Pressing down on this point for around 2 minutes a few times a day is said to activate your liver meridian. The man in the video below demonstrates how he massages the point.
According to WebMD, studies have indicated that the LV3 point lessens stress (alleviating fatigue and possibly anxiety and depression) and pain (such as lower back pain, menstrual cramps, eye strain and headaches). It can help with digestion, relieving nausea, upset stomach, hangovers and indigestion.
Studies also suggest that the point can help with Parkinson’s Disease. A report from the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation noted that the LV3 point was manipulated by acupuncture to help treat tremors. Acupuncture is, of course, different from acupressure, but it further suggests that the LV3 point really can have a powerful impact on your body. Because of this, WebMD does go on to caution people massaging the point to be cautious and do so gently, especially if you have rheumatoid arthritis, varicose veins, or are pregnant.
It’s fascinating to think one point on your foot can offer up so much relief. Share this massage tip with your friends!