How to Reverse Aging Naturally with DIY Acupressure Massage Therapy

Who doesn’t want to be beautiful?

The use of Chinese medicine for beauty had already progressed a lot more than two thousand years ago.

During the days of Chinese Empress Dowager Cixi, her beauty routine was a regiment.

The Empress used to apply pearl powder on her face to keep her youthful appearance and her face free of wrinkles. Cixi used a mask made of mung beans, green tea extract and motherwort.

Beauty secrets of one of the four beauties of China

Another famous ancient beauty was Yang Guifei, a concubine, the favorite wife of Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty. The emperor was so mesmerized by Yang’s beauty that he neglected his duties as a ruler. Being one of the four beauties of ancient China, Yang was not only beautiful and curvy, her skin was as soft as a baby’s.

Yang also had her own beauty secret.

Chinese medicine and herbs

Empress Yang religiously ate almonds. Almonds were used as a nourishing and moisturizing medical ingredient for the skin in ancient China. She used almonds, musk and talc to make a moisturizer for her skin. Almonds are known to increase skin microcirculation and regeneration.

Barley was also one of his secrets. Empress Yang used barley to make beauty oil. Barley in traditional Chinese medicine has excellent properties due to its richness in vitamins and nutrients. Not only does it improve constipation, but it also reduces acne, dark spots, and wrinkles.

In her diet, the Empress loved lychee and incorporated ginseng, a Chinese herb.

People were looking for the best lychee as an offering to the Empress. Its rich nutrients are suitable for heart and spleen. It nourishes the liver, blood and complexion. Ginseng, on the other hand, replenishes the five organs and relaxes the mind. It also helps eyesight, heart and memory.

Most famous was his love of hot springs and facial tapping. Like acupressure massage, Yang tapped lightly around her face to stimulate different acupuncture points to improve blood circulation and skin cell functions. Acupressure massage was also an anti-aging method in ancient China.

Discovery of old medical books on beauty

In 1972, 14 kinds of ancient medical books were discovered during the excavation of Mawangdui Han’s tomb in the eastern suburb of Changsha city, Hunan province. These books documented the knowledge of medicine, diet, acupuncture and qi gong specifically to enhance beauty.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the health of the face and skin is related to the internal organs of the human body, qi, blood, yin and yang energy. Acupressure massage harmonizes the yin and yang of qi and blood, promoting blood circulation, thus eliminating wrinkles and leaving the face radiant.

Dr. Ritsugaku Ken, a Chinese medicine physician and president of the Acupuncture Clinical Center at Kurashiki Heinari Hospital, explained in an interview that traditional Chinese medicine,
“Beauty treatment focuses on nourishment and general maintenance of the human body.”

The well-being and balance of human skin is inseparably linked to the internal organs, meridians, qi and blood through the meridians of the human body.

Dr. Ritsugaku shares his secrets of eight specific acupuncture point massages to reverse the signs of aging.

1. Acupuncture point: third leg Li (ST36)

Location: 7.6 cm below the patella, slightly offset from the center on the outer side of the calf

Function: Prevent disease, strengthen the body, anti-aging, regulate skin tone and radiance.

1. Press the Lee Three Li (ST36) acupuncture point with your thumb with a kneading motion until you feel pain and warmth.
2. Press 15-20 times per minute and 5-10 minutes each time.

Note: To avoid damaging your skin by rubbing too hard, use a thin cloth or pad to protect the massage points.

See ST36 in the image below.

2. Acupoint: Four Whites (ST2), also called The Beauty.

Location: the bumpy part one inch below the pupil of each eye

Function: Strengthen spleen and qi, eliminate dampness, reduce swelling and improve dark circles and bags under the eyes.

Gently massage and press the Four Whites acupuncture point with your fingers for 15 seconds, five times.

3. Acupuncture point: Cheek bone hole (SI18)

Location: The bumpy part just below the cheekbone. Same on both sides.

Function: Promote facial blood circulation, reduce pigment accumulation and brighten skin tone.

Knead and gently press the acupuncture points with your knuckle for 15 seconds.
Repeat five times.
You can also use your fists to gently push the acupuncture points up once per second.
Massage in the morning and before bed for 3-5 minutes.

4. Acupuncture point: Welcome fragrance (LI20)

Location: 1.5 cm (0.59 inch) from the side of the nose. Same on both sides.

Function: Promote skin detoxification and blood circulation. Reduce puffiness and firming of the eyes.

Press with your knuckles for 3-5 minutes a day until both sides of the sides of the nose are warm.

5. Acupuncture point: Pupil bone hole (GB1)

Location: On the outer corner of the eye. It is slightly bumpy when you close your eyes.

Function: Promote blood circulation to the end of the eye, prevent and eliminate wrinkles, and improve eye diseases such as conjunctivitis, keratitis and night blindness.

Press the acupuncture point 100-200 times a day.
Repeat if necessary.

6. Acupuncture point: Silk bamboo hole (SJ23)

Location: On the bumpy tip of the eyebrow tip.

Balance eye qi and blood circulation and eliminate crow’s feet (a type of wrinkles).

Gently massage using both index fingers 100 to 200 times a day.
Repeat if necessary.

7. Acupuncture point: Earlobe

Function: Ear lobe massage stimulates facial qi, unblocks qi and blood, and achieves a dewy complexion.

8. Acupuncture point: intersection of the three Yin (SP6)

Location: 2 inches above the ankle, inside the tibia, behind the shin bone, ie the tibia. Same on both sides.

Function: replenish qi and blood, beautify, regulate kidney, liver and menstruation and remove dark spots.


1. Massage daily using knuckles for 3-5 minutes until acupuncture points are slightly sore.

Words in photo: Intersection of the Three Yin (SP6)

Acupuncture Point: The Three Yin Intersection (SP6) is located 2 inches above the ankle on the inner side of the tibia, behind the shin bone, ie the tibia. Leg Three Li is located 3 inches below the kneecap. (Shutterstock/The Epoch Times)

Which of the acupuncture points suits you best?

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Ellen Wan


Ellen Wan has worked for the Japanese edition of The Epoch Times since 2007.

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