Health Benefits of Placing Ice Cube at Feng Fu Pressure Point: Facts


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Story: 

This one secret will make you look younger and leave you feeling full of life and energy. All you need is an ice cube and a few moments of your time! There is a point at the base of the neck known as the Feng Fu. The Feng Fu pressure point is found at the base of the skull just below the bottom ridge of the skull cap at the top of the neck.

If you regularly put ice on it, the body begins to rejuvenate and you will find yourself healthy, cheerful, and full of energy.

What Will It Do?

Improve sleep quality
Improve mood
Heal the digestive system
Relieve colds
Relieve headaches, toothaches and pain

It Also Helps

Respiratory diseases
Cardiovascular disease
Thyroid issues
PMS Menstrual cycle
Mental health

The Method Explained

Lie on your stomach, place an ice cube at the point of Feng Fu and hold it there for 20 minutes. You can either lie there or fix it with a bandage or scarf. Do this regularly with breaks of 2-3 days. Try it in the morning on an empty stomach and at night before going to bed. After 30-40 seconds, you will feel slight heat come onto the point. In the first days, you will have a feeling of euphoria due to the release of endorphins.

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Health Benefits of Placing Ice Cube at Feng Fu Pressure Point

Analysis:

The story that appears online quite often describes a method of placing an Ice Cube at the Feng Fu pressure point on the backside of the neck so as to gain a variety of health benefits listed above; to give you an energy boost and make you look younger. As described below, the claims are possibly facts.

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Health Benefits of Placing Ice Cube at Feng Fu Pressure Point

Feng Fu Ice Cube Method: Old Chinese Acupuncture Technique

The traditional Chinese acupuncture technique prescribes placing an ice cube between the two tendons on the back of the neck – in the hole where the neck and the head connect. This pressure point that usually comes at the level with the tip of the ears (see Image below) is called Feng Fu, which translates as “wind mansion” or “a shelter from the wind”. Chinese medicine describes Feng Fu as a pressure point that returns the entire body back to its natural physiological balance, so accordingly, external factors that influence your health and bodily processes may be neutralized by treating this point. It is said that your body will start to rejuvenate when you place an ice cube on the Feng Fu point and many health ailments will disappear, the result of which – you will feel more energetic and healthier.

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Feng Fu Point

According to David Wolfe website DavidWolfe.com and PositiveMed website positivemed.com, the Feng Fu point is associated with headaches, colds, low energy, toothache, earaches, and joint pain amongst other ailments. Placing pressure ice on the point regulates the fiery, energetic nature of Feng Fu to stimulate the flow of energy through the meridian pathway (‘energy highway’ in the human body) and starts the healing process. Notably, this Feng Fu pressure point is often manipulated for relief of headache, neck aches and stiff necks.

Our Test

I tested the Ice cube healing method on Feng Fu point on two occasions, once at night for 5 minutes (discontinued due to cold weather and discomfort lying on stomach), and next day morning on empty stomach for about 16 minutes. In the first experience at night, I could feel a ‘squeezing effect’ in my body centred at the point of ice, and after discontinuing the method after 5 minutes, I did in fact feel slightly refreshing. The experience in the morning was cold and uncomfortable to start with, but after sometime, I could feel balance and better breathing. After the ice melted completely, as I woke up, I felt refreshing and peaceful, also energetic and plain happier.

Science Behind

Scientists say placing ice on the Feng Fu point can be beneficial to health because the pressure point is very close to our brain stem. Moreover, the lying on stomach posture is one type of Makarasana (a Yogic asana), where the compression of the belly helps in getting rid of harmful stress hormones from the body. The Makarasana, which is used to calm your body and mind after doing other asanas, focuses the mind and centres erratic energy, thereby reducing anxiety, regulating blood pressure and promoting sleep. Regular practice of the asana is also known to get rid of fatigue, constipation, flatulence, indigestion and back pain, also improving posture.

So considering all the aforementioned aspects, the Ice cube Feng Fu healing method can certainly improve sleep quality, mood, heal the digestive system, and relieve colds, headaches, toothaches and pain in general. The other claimed health benefits viz. in Respiratory and Cardiovascular diseases, Thyroid issues, PMS Menstrual cycle, and improvement of Mental health can possibly be facts that may occur over a period of time practicing the method. However, note that you should not do this technique if you are pregnant, have a pacemaker, and suffer from schizophrenia or epilepsy. If you have any other condition, it is better to take advice of your doctor before following the method.

Hoax or Fact:

Possibly Fact.

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Health Benefits of Placing Ice Cube at Feng Fu Pressure Point: Facts