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Press this point for insomnia and overthinking

Kidney 1 is the only acupuncture point on the bottom of the foot. To find the exact location of Kidney 1, flex your foot down toward the floor. A small depression forms in the upper middle of the foot, right where the point is located.

From an acupuncture perspective, Kidney 1—as the lowest acupuncture point on the body—drains excess from the upper part of the body, especially the head. In acupuncture lingo, this is known as excess qi or Wind or Yang. It’s actually an intuitive concept to which most people can easily relate.

It’s what we mean when we say someone is “all in their head.” Basically, a whole bunch of energy, which should be evenly distributed throughout the body, gets concentrated in the head. This causes us to over think and obsess on things, feel anxious and eventually depressed, and experience physical symptoms such as insomnia, headaches and migraines, dizziness, and even poor vision and nosebleeds.

Kidney 1 is a mechanism for dispersing all the stuff that most of us have swimming around in our heads, preventing us from the calm and peacefulness—emotional and physical—that we crave.

Massaging Kidney 1 before you get into bed at night is a great self-care remedy for insomnia. You can do targeted acupressure directly on the point—apply firm pressure for 1-2 minutes on both feet while sitting on the edge of your bed—or just vigorously rub the whole bottom of your feet.

For more self-care tips for insomnia, go here.