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Acupressure with Essential Oils - About the Book

acupressure with essential oils bookWhen you mix the power of essential oils with ancient acupressure techniques, you unlock the body’s healing potential in an entirely new way.

Our bodies contain thousands of pressure
points, and when these acupoints are stimulated with the right amount of pressure and an appropriate essential oil, the body releases a self-healing energy and restores its balance of qi.

Merina Ty-Kisera’s Acupressure with Essential Oils explores the synergy between essential oils and acupoints and the numerous benefits one can have if they apply essential oils to specific
pressure points.

Acupoints possess a range of therapeutic actions, and essential oils possess
boundless therapeutic benefits, so when these two therapy modalities are synchronized, they can address numerous health conditions and promote general-well being while simultaneously providing a self-empowering tool for healing oneself.

Merina’s book includes healing techniques for 24 common ailments such as cold/flu symptoms, earaches, and stress as well as more serious and chronic issues such as anxiety, digestive disorders, and tendonitis

The book outlines the Oils and Points for each ailment at the end of each chapter. Just choose the oils indicated and apply them to one or more of the points indicated. There are pictures of models that show where the points are. If you need more of a description Chapter 29 provides the location of the point as well as the benefits of each point in general. In addition chapter 30 outlines the oils used in the book and a little more detail on their physical and emotional uses. 

Merina will be doing videos and podcasts to continue teaching and showing you how to use the oils and point combinations to enhance your health and lift your spirits. 

Merina Ty-Kisera

Merina Ty-KiseraMerina Ty-Kisera has an MBA in International Business from National University as well as a MSAOM in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University. She's a certified Worsley Five Element Acupuncturist specializing in stress and the psycho-social/emotional issues underlying disease. She's also a certified essential oil coach. 

Her commitment to mind-body health comes out of a childhood disability from developmental dysplasia which left her in pain throughout her life. She has a full time Classical Five Element Acupuncture practice in Asheville, NC.  She also teaches the Acupressure with Essential Oil technique in the local community and is developing online classes.

Excerpt: How to use essential oils on acupoints

The basic method for using essential oils on acupoints is simple and safe, and you can use it on yourself or on others. First, decide what condition you would like to work on. Sometimes there are many symptoms we would like to address, but it’s better to focus on one per session.

By keeping it simple you are telling the body what to focus on and you are not overwhelming the senses with too many oils. Plus, it’s easier to determine what oils and points work best for you. When you’re ready to start, find a comfortable place to relax. Sitting or lying down are both okay;  just make sure you are able to access the acupoint without strain.

To effectively perform acupressure requires pressing acupoints appropriately; read the following guidelines to choose the correct technique and gauge the proper pressure. In general, acupressure practitioners use their
fingers to apply pressure and stimulate the acupoints.

• Locate the acupoint indicated.

• Practitioners commonly use the middle finger of their hands to press a specific point due to its length and greater strength. You can also use the first two fingers to ensure that you hit the point.

• Apply pressure continually and gradually, ultimately holding the acupoint with steady, direct finger pressure at a 90-degree angle. It’s best to hold the point vs. massaging it.

• To relax muscles or relieve pain, gradually apply increasing pressure for about three minutes up to fifteen minutes on one point. (decrease pressure if you feel pain) This calms the nervous system allows the body to “let go” into the healing.

Q&A with Merina

1. How is acupressure with essential oils beneficial for restoring balance in the body?

Merina: All of the points along the meridians have specific actions and benefits that have been used for thousands of years. Essential oils also have specific actions that have been noted over thousands of years from Egypt to China to India. By placing an essential oil that has similar or synergistic actions as those of the acupressure point you are enhancing the resulting benefits of both modalities.

2. What is the Five Element Theory?

Merina: In Chinese Medicine the Five Elements refers to those primary elements that occur in nature. Those elements occur on the cosmic, planetary and individual levels, with the individual levels duplicating the cosmic level at a micro level. The Five elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Each one supports and generates the next which facilitates the continuance of all life.

Five Element Theory in Chinese medicine addresses those elements as they are represented in the individual body. The goal is to clear, balance and restore the function of each element so they work together as nature intended. When this is accomplished any illness or imbalance as it is manifested, like a cold or cancer, will dissipate. The key in maintaining balance is supporting the elements through lifestyle enhancements.

3. How can Western practices and Asian medicine work together to heal physical and emotional problems?

Merina: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western medicine are practiced side by side in many hospitals throughout China. Western practices address the acute and degenerative conditions while TCM can help mitigate the side effects of the western modalities as well as keep the body balanced to help support the western medicine protocols.

Yet Chinese medicine itself, which is the root of most “Asian” medicine modalities, have been and continues to be, very effective in the treatment of diseases such as cardio-cerebrovascular, immunogenic, tumours, bone fracture, and so forth. 

The western approach to mental emotional issues are most commonly talk therapy and psychiatric medications. TCM approaches mental and emotional issues with acupuncture and herbs to address the underlying balances that lead to the imbalance. In my practice, I work with psychologists in balancing the patients physical and emotional body which helps the patient get clarity on the issues and behaviors that cause their stress as they discuss it with their psychologist/psychiatrist.

Excerpt - Anxiety: From chaos to calm

In today’s fast-paced, high-pressure world, it’s nearly impossible not to feel overwhelmed and stressed at some point. In fact, it’s so common that there isn’t a day that goes by in my practice when someone isn’t stressing about stressing. Although it’s common to stress about “stuff,” it’s when the situations that trigger the stress continue without relief that stress can grow into a full-blown type of anxiety disorder. At that point the stress can interfere with daily life and relationships.

The body starts breaking down and symptoms such as increased heart rate leading to high blood pressure, adrenal burnout, insomnia, digestive problems, thyroid problems, and so on start to show up. According to Chinese medicine, feelings of stress and anxiety use up the body’s life force faster. This life force or jing is stored in the kidneys and plays a big part in how gracefully one ages.

If, for example, one lives a hard life of trauma, drugs, illness, etc., the life force is used up more quickly than one who lives healthfully and relatively stress-free. When the life force is used up quickly, one’s health deteriorates faster, and aging signs show up earlier than in those who have preserved their life force.

Chinese medicine has long held that anxiety also takes a toll on the heart. Depending on the state of the heart, situations of chronic anxiety, especially sadness, will have different effects on the body’s qi. If the heart is weak, GAD can cause symptoms like heart palpitations, tiredness, insomnia, and blood-pressure issues among many other symptoms. For thousands of years, acupuncture along with special herbs have been used to calm the mind and relieve anxiety.

That potent combination has helped millions manage and even resolve long-term anxiety and its effects. Using the acupressure points and essential oil combinations can help you begin to find ways to relax yourself. Adding deep breathing and meditation as well as healthy food choices will increase your chances of calming and helping yourself get back to being your best self.

As you apply the following acupoints and oils, incorporate deep breathing techniques and be aware of the thoughts and emotions that come up. Allow them to flow through and out of you so that you see them from a distance and don’t get attached. This may help you get new insights to things in your life that can be shifted to help overcome the source of anxiety or nervousness.

Excerpt: Accupressure with essential oils to reduce anxiety and stress

acupressure bookOils:
Lavender: Stress reliever.
Frankincense: Superb immune-boosting effects.
Helps center and calm.
K27: Calms mental and physical stress.
CV17: Helps connect one to their heart and spirit.
   LI4: Relieves anxiety and pent up emotions.
(Do not use if pregnant!)


Vetiver: Grounding, calming, and cooling.
KD1: The center point of bottom of the ball of the foot. Connects one to the earth and calms while also empowering.