Introducing Pericardium 8

Each week in Qi Gong class I introduce a pressure point or two, guiding people to take more control of their health and wellbeing at home. Learning acupressure points allows us to connect better with our bodies. Tonight we explore Pericardium 8.
What is the point?

Lao Gong: “Gong” means palace, and “Lao” means labor or toil; so the point name is often translated as “palace of toil” or “palace of labor.”

To Activate: Rest one hand palm up, use the thumb of your other hand to apply light pressure to the point. Massage for a few seconds, in small circles.

Pericardium 8

The pericardium is a fibrous sac that encloses the heart and great vessels. I like to think of it as the hearts jacket. This power point balances the fire element, eases anxiety, restores vitality, removes excess heat from the body such as fevers and warms cold hands to name a few functions. 

Note: Usage of this point shouldn’t replace an acupressure or acupuncture treatment but act more as a way of supporting your system on an ongoing basis, empowering you to really get to know your body, to feel how different points work on YOUR body. Prevention and longevity lie at the core of Qi Gong and Traditional Chinese Medicine.