Self-Help First Aid Kit: Pain Reliever

firstAid1_smIn virtually any situation where we require assistance, we can support ourselves with Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) acupressure self-helps.  In my current situation with celiac disease, I have yet to find a gluten-free over-the-counter pain reliever produced in a gluten-free facility so I rely on pain self-helps on the rare occasions I experience discomfort.  Applying my hands on myself I’ve relieved sore throats, stomach-aches, menstrual cramps, and back pain.  Many people report success with more dramatic situations as well.

Applying the JSJ “natural pain reliever” and anti-inflammatory can bring significant relief without side effects.  Our body’s immune system uses inflammation as part of the healing process but unfortunately inflammation also often brings pain with it.  Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) address both the pain and inflammation but prolonged use can damage to your stomach and small intestine.

To access your natural side-effect-free pain reliever, you hold Safety Energy Lock (SEL) 5 on your inner ankle in combination with SEL 16 on your outer ankle.  You can apply these points on yourself or on someone else.  Always place your right hand on the inner ankle and your left on the outer.  If assisting someone else, stand or sit at their feet facing their head when applying this self-help to their right ankle and stand or sit on their left side facing their feet when applying it to the left ankle. Try it on each ankle and see if one brings more relief than the other. Remember if helping someone else apply your hands only one hour every eight hours so you won’t overwhelm them with your energy.  You can apply them on yourself as long and often as you like.

Have you considered your own hands as tools you carry with you at all times?  Have you tried the 5/16 combination and if so, how did it go?

Please note: Jin Shin Jyutsu self-helps do not replace medical care. Please seek appropriate medical attention as needed.



  1. I agree it is hard to find gluten-free over-the-counter pain reliever! This is a great article. Thank you for sharing. For awhile I suffered from migraines. I have bookmarked your blog so I can refer to it in the future.


  2. Just a thought, but if you have migraines and gluten sensitivity, do an internet search for “histamine intolerance” and see if it might apply to you. Lots of healthy foods have histamine, including probiotics, spinach and tomatoes. The good news is that it is stress-related and meditation helps.


    • Hi Bernadette, thanks for your helpful comment. I myself haven’t experienced migraines (thank goodness!) and while I was aware spinach and probiotics contained histamine, I never considered a histamine connection to migraines. Interesting info, I appreciate you mentioning it!
      All the best,


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