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10. Gates of Consciousness (GB 20 or Feng Chi) The Gates of Consciousness (also called GB 20 or Feng Chi) are believed to regulate the circulation… Elizabeth Lilian - September 21, 2017

10. Gates of Consciousness (GB 20 or Feng Chi)

The Gates of Consciousness (also called GB 20 or Feng Chi) are believed to regulate the circulation of the brain and as such, as also referred to as the Gates of the Mind and the Gates of Consciousness. Administering acupressure here can relieve headaches, vision problems, insomnia, cold and flu symptoms, tiredness, irritability, nervousness and mental stress. If these points are blocked, you may feel more uptight than usual, like you’re having difficulty coping with stress.

The Gates of Consciousness are located on the back of the head, underneath the base of the skull in the depressions between the two large neck muscles. These points are used in TCM to stimulate the release of endorphins – the body’s natural pain relievers.

The easiest way to find and stimulate these acupoints is to clasp your hands together, interlocking your fingers and then opening them up with your palms facing towards you. Then loop your hands around the back of your head, keeping your fingers linked together, resting your palms against the back of your skull. Your arms should be just above your ears. Once you’ve located your Gates of Consciousness, begin applying firm, slow pressure with your thumbs for 2–3 minutes.

Suffering from headaches and migraines can be tough, and finding a solution that works for you can be even tougher. Though some skeptics will refute the idea of acupressure and/or acupuncture, the only way to find out whether it works or not is to try it for yourself. All you need are your hands and fingers. So, what are you waiting for? Try it today!

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