by Pamela Maloney

One of the many ways that walking can promote health and wellness is by putting gentle pressure on Yongquan (Bubbling Spring), an acupuncture point on the sole of the foot. In Oriental health theory, this is the starting point of the Kidney meridian and stimulation of this energizing point can promote clarity of the mind and stabilize emotions.

Yongquan is located in the depression on the sole of the foot at the junction of the anterior third and the posterior two thirds of the sole. The acupuncture point, Yongquan, has been found to benefit high blood pressure, stress, insomnia, headaches, sexual potency, and kidney function.

To stimulate Yongquan while walking, let your heel tap the ground gently, then feel your weight transfer fully to the ball and toes of your foot. Focus on breathing into your lower abdomen, keep your shoulders relaxed and allow your arms to swing freely.

Yongquan tapping and ball rolling: Use your fists to strike your Yongquan about 100 times on each foot. Or, gently roll a tennis ball under your foot while relaxing on the couch.

Pamela Maloney, Ph.D., D.H.M., L.Ac., provides one-on-one customized diagnosis and treatment plans. Offering the highest quality health and healing programs for groups or individuals, she is also available as a public speaker and medical consultant. For 12 years, Dr. Maloney has hosted her own radio show, Health Forum, for KCRW (89.9 FM) in Santa Monica, California. Her Web site is www.pamelamaloney.com.

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