Stop a Panic Attack Before it Has a Chance to Escalate

Panic Attack

Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that involves putting pressure with the fingers or the hand on certain points of the body.

Traditional Chinese medicine follows the belief that every person has specific acupressure points all across the body that lie along what’s called energy meridians.

A person’s life force, flows through these energy points and acupressure will help stimulate them if they aren’t functioning right. Chinese theory identifies 12 of these energy meridians that connect major organs and keep the body balanced. When one of these energy points aren’t working properly, your body won’t work properly either. The pressure can unblock the flow of Qi to release tension and restore inner harmony. The great thing about acupressure is that you can do it on your own to maintain health, relieve stress and prevent disease.

Whether you are at home, stuck in traffic or stressed out at the office, acupressure for anxiety will provide instant relief. There are a lot of points you can massage on your own to reduce anxiety, stress and overall tension but today we’re going to talk about CV 17.

Acupressure point CV 17 is considered to be the best point to relieve anxiety and stress, especially to stop a panic attack before it has a chance to escalate.


CV 17 stands for conception vessel 17, the chest center and is located on the center of the breastbone three thumb widths up from the base of the bone.

If you are feeling stressed or anxious, this area will be sore when you apply pressure to it. The CV 17 area feeds into the pericardium energy center of the body, which protects the heart. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the heart is the seat of a body’s emotions and when a person is stressed, this area becomes sore and is out of sync.



This magical point quiets emotional upset and deepens breathing, which brings relaxation. And because of its location on a primary meridian that runs down the center of the body, it also balances the levels of yin (quiet, reflective) and yang (energetic, action-oriented) energies of the body and brings your emotional and physical selves back in to equilibrium. It helps to get relief from post-traumatic stress disorder. Emotional stress can damage the small intestine and heart meridians, which can create emotional imbalances.

CV 17
is an excellent point for balancing this meridians. Relieves anxiety, anguish, nervousness, and depression; boosts the immune system and regulates the thymus gland. Good for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, hormonal imbalances, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, trauma, fear, recovering from a injury or surgery and much more.

How to apply:

An effective way to work with this acu-point is to lightly pace the middle fingertip directly on the point while allowing your index and ring fingertips to rest gently just above and below the point next to the middle finger. Try the gentle placement of your fingertips on the area of the CV 17 along with a few slow gentle breaths in and out, and see if this brings you into a calmer state.

Deep breathing during meditation heightens your senses and makes you more aware of your feelings. Holding the acupressure point known as CV 17 while you do slow, deep breathing in and out of your nose will regulate the amount of air you assimilate and is an excellent technique for calming anxiety and nervousness. Continue this healing movement breathing meditation for two or three minutes to discover the benefits. Practice this twice a day to reduce stress.

You need to keep-up this practice for a few months to see substantial health condition changes.


This acupressure information is not a substitution for qualified medical advice. If you’re unsure of the source of anxiety, pain or other symptoms, you may be best served to consult a medical doctor before you start treating yourself.