While ice therapy doesn’t necessarily cure ailments, it does relieve symptoms and make you feel better. So, head to the freezer and get an ice cube for a soothing, self-healing ice therapy.
The combination of acupuncture and ice therapy
According to the acupuncture practice, this point on the neck is called Feng Fu. It’s located at the point between the base of the skull and the top of the spine, and it’s also known as the Warehouse of Change and the Ghost Pillow point.
Feng Fu is believed to be the place through which the ‘evil spirits’ enter the mind and start controlling it. This point is also believed to be of crucial importance to the communication between the mind and the rest of the body.
Disruption in the energy flow in this point usually results in headaches, stiffness and pain in the neck and face region, throat swelling and laryngitis, and other problems that we will mention later.
Adding ice to this point has a physical effect of relieving the tension that may have been caused by swelling, inflammation, or blood accumulation. This, in turn, relieves the energetic tension at this point and allows for a better flow.
Don’t overdo it!
Placing ice on the back of your neck, and especially at that particular point, can be very beneficial if done in moderation. However, spending more than 20 minutes with the ice on your neck is not recommended.
To avoid injuring your skin, it’s best that you wrap the ice in some thin washcloth. And listen to your body – if you can’t endure the cold after the first few minutes, remove the ice and give your neck some rest.
You should be aware that this treatment serves to relieve some symptoms and help you feel more comfortable, it won’t cure you of the problem that causes the pain in the first place. Should the pain endure for a longer period of time, it’s best to consult your physician.
The benefits of placing ice on the Feng Fu point
It’s best done on an empty stomach. You need to lie on your stomach and leave the ice on the point for a maximum of 20 minutes. Do it in the morning and before going to bed with 2-3-day breaks.
Acupuncture practice has shown that this method will help you with:
- Headaches and migraines
- Tremors and twitching
- Numbness and dizziness
- Chronic neck or shoulder pain
- Eye pain
- Tooth pain
- Throat swelling
- Aphasia (trouble speaking, as in laryngitis)
- Spinal cord problems
It is also believed that this treatment can help with some mental health concerns, such as manic behavior, fear, or suicidal thoughts. However, consulting a licensed psychological therapist is a must.
Energy-wise, allowing for a better energy flow through this point will certainly improve your mood and increase your energy. It is thought that this method is one of the secrets to a healthier and longer life.
Whatever your reason might be (and as long as it’s within the boundaries of safe behavior), this easy and cheap home treatment is something that won’t take much from your time and will yield some very satisfactory results.