Self Help

by | Jun 16, 2003 | Archives

One of my good friends is the publisher of the G-JO INSTITUTE Newsletter. I can't recommend this excellent health publication enough….here are excerpts from his newsletter and I highly recommend that you sign on with Michael…there is no charge.

"Here are the origins of G-Jo. When I was a young man -- a single father raising his two small children in the early 1960's -- I began studying Shodokan-style karate. My sensei was an American architect (of all things!) who had studied in Japan for a number of years."During our "free-play," or randori, he would regularly amaze the students with his ability to almost instantly erase the pain and suffering we encountered during these sparring sessions. He did it by briefly massaging certain, tender points on our bodies -- usually on the arms or legs."But it was not ordinary massage. He dug deeply into these tender spots, if only for a few seconds ... and the healing results were often astounding!'What a wonderful power to possess,' I thought. But I was deeply involved in other pursuits, at the time -- mainly, learning the financial markets -- so I put that information on the back-burner of my mind."However, nearly a decade later, in 1971, I made a lucky trade in the stock market. And it took me to an important cross-roads in my life."I could try parlaying my lucky windfall into something possibly much bigger. Or I could say "goodbye" to trading for a while by spending some quality time with my then-nearly teen-aged children ... and with the money I'd made, we could have the adventure of a lifetime."I chose the latter."So in early 1972, we found ourselves in England on the first leg of a 15-month car trip around the world. And as luck would have it, while walking along a street of booksellers in London, I happened to find a shop that specialized in books from the East -- especially those relating to health, healing ... and acupuncture."While that ancient medical art was still nearly unknown in America, traditional Oriental healing methods had been used in Europe for centuries. I suddenly recalled my sensei and his uncanny ability to instantly stop pain dead in its tracks -- using a kind of acupuncture without needles, he had told us -- so I wandered into the store."Nearly four hours later, I staggered out of that remarkable shop, tottering under the weight of nearly 100 books and manuals on the subject that, unknown to me at the time, was soon to become my passion in life! Acupuncture -- and its even older brother, acuPRESSURE!"Each night, as our small band of adventurers travelled, I studied book after book on those fascinating methods of healing. And during the day, I would practice my new skills ... using my children and myself as the proverbial guinea pigs."For early in my studies, I learned that acupressure could relieve and heal more than just pain -- MUCH more. In fact, I discovered through my reading and hands-on experience that there were acupressure points and methods for nearly any kind of health problem you could describe!"And believe me, there were plenty of opportunities to put this acupressure to the test. Between strange (often unclean) foods, many Third World countries and countless times when nobody spoke our language, we had to become almost totally 'health self-sufficient' ... and acupressure was our mainstay.  A reader recently sent this."I am a borderline "bleeder." Simply, I cut my finger preparing dinner. Usually I will bleed for awhile, but I grabbed my [G-Jo] book, looked up the appropriate points for bleeding and, I kid you not, for perhaps the first time my bleeding stopped COMPLETLEY within 10-15 seconds. No bandage was used and healing was very swift! I was astounded." M.C., Lake Forest, CA.All testimonials are unsolicited and drawn from our files without permission from their authors. For this reason, only the authors' initials, not actual names, are used. Please feel free to send along your own G-Jo experiences, if you'd like to share them with our many thousands of readers.****************************************AN INTRODUCTION TO YOUR G-JO POINTS:G-Jo Acupressure Point Number 2In standard acupuncture literature, this point is known as Large Intestine or Colon Meridian Point Number 11 -- LI-11 or X 11. Its Chinese name is "Pool at the Bend" (or "Yang Marsh" or "Ghost Minister" or "Ghost Leg" -- these translation are taken from "Grasping The Wind," by Andrew Ellis, Nigel Wiseman and Kenn Boss; Paradigm Publications).LOCATION: This point is found at the extreme end of the outer crease of the elbow. Bend your arm tightly and place your fingertip at the end of that crease which is formed on the outside (hairy side) of the arm, at the elbow. Then open your arm -- keeping the fingertip in place -- and probe the area beneath your fingertip on your RELAXED arm to locate the point.ORGAN(S) THIS POINT AFFECTS: Colon;ACTION THIS POINT PRODUCES: Balancing.OTHER USES: As well as balancing the colon, this point has at least 35 Basic G-Jo uses, several of which are for problems of the arms, especially the forearms and elbows.INSTRUCTIONS: To find this point upon yourself, first read the instructions. Then, using the TIP of the thumb, the bent knuckle of the index (or pointer) finger -- even the eraser tip of a pencil -- begin pressing the approximate location upon your own body.Use deep pressure -- up to 15 or 20 lbs. might be needed to both to find and "trigger" some G-Jo points. The point itself, once contacted, will feel like a toothache or pinched nerve -- definitely more tender than the surrounding flesh ... especially if this is a "good" point for your problem or target symptom.Finally, trigger (deeply massage) this spot in a digging, goading way for a few seconds. Again, it should feel a bit painful. Then find and trigger the same spot on the opposite arm. For more complete instructions, go to and take our free "Mini Crash-Course in G-Jo Acupressure."We thank Michael and G-Jo for this valuable information and will learn more from them in future messages. To know more about g-jo go to

Until next message may your health always be good.