Remedies at your fingertips that get straight to the point

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 September, 2011, 12:00am


Acupressure: Treat Yourself
US$1.99, iPad and iPhone
Rating 9/10

It was 9pm after a long day at work and a humid five-kilometre pre-dinner run. I should have been exhausted, but was unusually alert as I wrote this review.

Ten minutes earlier, guided by this app, I used sustained pressure on the HT-7 Shenmen points on both wrists for a minute or so, applied a gentle pressure on the PC-6 Neiguan point on my forearms, and then rubbed away at another two pressure points on my forehead.

The result was a wonderful clarity. The app provides a very long directory of ailments and conditions with diagrams and notes about the recommended acupressure points for treatment. The list includes familiar cures for seasickness and headaches but also for a sudden cardiac arrest (the author does suggest that the first priority is always to apply external cardiac massage and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Only if there is a third person present, then one might consider acupressure massage).

Despite containing 90 point combinations, some come up again and again. I cross-referenced with online resources and there are indeed some power acupressure points. One is the PC-6 Neiguan, which is well known for treating seasickness - for example, seasickness bracelets that press on this point in the mid-forearm.

I have now used this app for two remedies - the first to successfully treat my sister-in-law's seasickness. Even if you're an acupressure sceptic, at only US$1.99 and with the huge range of possible remedies including smoking cessation, it is worth a try.