Traditional Chinese medicine hold that there are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, which are connected by 20 pathways (12 main, 8 secondary) called meridians. These meridians conduct energy, or Qi (pronounced “chi”), between the surface of the body and its internal organs. Each point has a different effect on the qi that passes through it.

Qi is believed to help regulate balance in the body. It is influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang, which represent positive and negative energy and forces in the universe and human body. Acupuncture is believed to keep the balance between yin and yang, thus allowing for the normal flow of qi throughout the body and restoring health to the mind and body.

 More than four hundred acupuncture points have been described, with the majority located on one of the main meridians, pathways which run throughout the body and according to Traditional Chinese medicine transport life energy (qi, ). TCM recognizes twenty meridians, cutaneous and subcutaneous in nature, which have branching sub-meridians believed to affect surrounding tissues. Twelve of these major meridians, commonly referred to as “the primary meridians”, are bilateral and are associated with internal organs.

The remaining eight meridians are designated as “extraordinary”, and are also bilateral except for three, one that encircles the body near the waist, and two that run along the midline of the body. Only those two extraordinary meridians that run along the midline contain their own points, the remaining six comprise points from the aforementioned twelve primary meridians. There are also points that are not located on the fourteen major meridians but do lie in the complete nexus referred to as jing luo (經絡). Such outliers are often referred to as “extra points”

Although many hypotheses have been proposed, the anatomical and physiological basis for acupuncture points and meridians remains elusive.Hypotheses include neural signaling, with possible involvement of opioid peptides, glutamate, and adenosine, and correspondence to responsive parts in the central nervous system; or mechanical signaling, with involvement of connective tissue (fascia), and mechanical wave activation of the calcium ion channel to beta-endorphin secretion. In practice, acupuncture points are located by a combination of anatomical landmarks, palpation, and feedback from the patient.

I read about this Chinese method for improving our body  health with the use of an ice cube, I am  skeptical and hope for the feedback from people who used it.

According to Chinese medicine, there is a pressure point at the base of the skull known as “feng fu.” This spot is used by acupuncturists, because of its connection to so many different areas of health.

For those who doesn’t have the time or the money for acupuncture,  all of the time — and who doesn’t necessarily want to be pricked with a whole bunch of needles — there is a simple and effective method for dealing with a lot of minor pains and smaller health issues. And that is  to put an ice cube on the back of the neck — it really is that easy!

While this method based in Chinese medicine, It should never take the place of medical advice no doctor will tell you about it, I definitely plan to give this “feng fu” ice cube method a shot .

To access the many health benefits associated with ‘feng fu,’ lay on your stomach and place an ice cube on the ‘feng fu’ point. Keep it there for 20 minutes. If you can not  handle the cold , keep the ice cube inside a cloth,  and remove it on and off every few seconds until your skin adopt to the cold and get use to it . Change the ice cube when it melt down. Try this once in the morning on an empty stomach and once at night, every two to three days.

 As an alternative to lying down, you can use a scarf to hold the ice cube in place, allowing you to sit up or walk around. Scroll through below to see exactly what benefits have been reported by those trying this ‘feng fu’ ice cube method!

  1. Improves Sleep

According to Chinese medicine, the “feng fu” point is helpful in improving the quality and amount of your sleep. Try this method out and see if you have an easier time falling asleep at night. Those who believe this ice cube method works claim you absolutely will.

  1. Helps PMS

 While there are certainly plenty of medications aimed at easing the symptoms associated with PMS, the ice cube method is also an easy and natural way to relieve some of the pain. Whether using acupuncture or an ice cube, the spot at the base of your skull seems to have a direct connection with a woman’s menstrual cycle.

  1. Reduces some Thyroid Problems

 There are many people out there who suffer from thyroid problems. While medical attention is always necessary and a must including lab test , you can also attempt this “feng fu” ice cube method yourself at home. The “feng fu” point is said to help the thyroid to be active again, which often account for a whole host of health problems for those who have them.

  1. Improves Digestion

Stomach pains, bloating, and indigestion are extremely common issues among people of all ages. Fortunately, Chinese medicine says that you can improve digestion and combat stomach issues by accessing the power of the “feng fu” point. Benefits can include a reduction in gas and improved digestive regularity.

  1. Eliminates Frequent Colds

With the winter fast-approaching, people generally seem to accept that a minor cold or two will be on the way as well. However, this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Placing an ice cube at the base of the neck can help to fight current colds and stave off future ones.

  1. Decreases Headaches

 Nearly everyone deals with the occasional headache, with some even experiencing much more frequent and severe ones. Chinese acupuncture is often used for headache relief. Those who have found success with the ice cube method report a reduction in frequency and severity of their headaches.

  1. Helps with Arthritis

Arthritis can be a severe and painful problem for many. Luckily, the “feng fu” point is said to be connected to the relief of the aches and pains that come from arthritis. In addition to helping with arthritis, the ice cube method is reported to also aid with hypertension and hypotension.

  1. Helps with Asthma

 Obviously, anyone living with asthma should and must be receiving care from their medical physician. Breathing issues can be very serious and should definitely be treated that way. However, in addition to your regular long-term care, Chinese medicine recommends the ice cube method to aid with your asthma-related symptoms.

  1. Reduces Stress and Fatigue

Stress and fatigue can have a large negative impact upon a person’s day-to-day life. In an attempt to combat the anxiety associated with stress and exhaustion, Chinese medicine recommends the ice cube method. Proponents report a lessening of stress levels and a reduction in overall anxiety.

  1. Improves Your Mood

 Perhaps the most important reported benefit of the “feng fu” ice cube method is that it can improve your mood. Maybe the mood change is a result of an overall “feeling better” from the health benefits associated with the “feng fu” point — or maybe it really does just make you happier. Regardless, using an ice cube is said to have a direct positive impact on your overall mood. This at-home take on a traditional Chinese medicine method is so simple to do and can have a large positive impact on your life!

Please remember that  an ice cube has a temperature of below 0 degrees, while your body temperature is 35.5 to 37.8 degrees—which means you can’t put an ice cube on any spot of your body for 20 minutes because it will melt. Second, putting an ice cube directly on your skin can cause cryogenic burns. They’re as nasty as the regular ones.

So be careful and don’t put the ice cube for long time that you can not stand. What i will do is to use another stimulating method such as the muscular electric tensor that can stimulate this area and i will give it try and record the result for u later . My intake on this , is that  makes sense, its the brain stem area where al the nerves from the brain for all the functions branch out. The head is heavy causing pressure and stress the brain stem esp when as we get older the arthritis, spurs and stress would interrupt the signals the brain is sending out and functioning if all the system, ice can reduce inflamation and swelling ,  instead of ice you can use an aluminum can,  you but it in the freezer then lay down on it , it fits great in that area of the neck , and when you lay your head back stretches and decompresses the neck.

If you don’t want to use ice cubes, try a frozen golf ball or a scotch stone cube. Less messy. or you can put the ice cube in a zip lock bag.

Cautious for those who have  a pacemaker? or if you are  pregnant , or have epilepsy and schizophrenia.” DO NOT USE THIS METHOD.

So many culture and faith use the relaxation method of submission to God by bending the head and back then putting the head on the floor and back and that act as neck stretching to that point during prayers, salat, ebada, and meditation. 

Thank you for reading.

Steve Ramsey, PhD- Public Health.   Calgary, Alberta.