There are some common health problems which we face in our daily lives on a regular basis. These health issues are not dangerous for our health but can make you uncomfortable. Digestive problems are most common among them, like bloating, gas and stomach aches. Apart from medicines there is a very subtle way to get rid of these problems that is Acupressure. Acupressure is basically a Chinese technique which targets some pressure points in our body that helps relieve gas and treats digestive problems. Today let us know how acupressure is beneficial for our digestive system and how does it ease gastrointestinal symptoms.
What is Acupressure?
It is one of the traditional Chinese techniques that have been effective in holistic treatment of patients suffering from different problems. Chinese call it a medicine for treatment of digestive problems. It is a therapy based massage that stimulates various pressure points around the body. Massage in general is believed to increase the blood flow in the body, with acupressure it helps control the flow of energy and improves metabolism. Acupressure has been quite a popular alternative in the western culture lately. It helps in digestive conditions such as stomach pain, constipation, bloating etc.
How to Know Acupressure Points?
Acupressure points are located in different parts of the body and stimulate different energy or body functions. The points are referred as ‘meridians’ commonly called energy pathways. Each of these points is connected to an organ inside the body and the acupressure point is mostly named according to that part itself. Stimulating these acupressure points through help of a massage helps in reliving gas trapped inside the body and reduce uncomfortable bloating. Most of these points influence the function of stomach, intestines, and abdominal organs or to promote digestive health in the body.
Types of Acupressure Points
Zusanli is an acupressure point located in the stomach meridian. This is also called pressure point ST36. It is present nearly 3 inches above the kneecap and an inch towards the outer side of the knee. It influences many parts of the body such as-
- Parasympathetic nervous system
- Master energy
- Upper abdominal organs
For acupressure you need to massage this point in a systematic way that is first place two fingers on the zusanli point. Then move the fingers in circular motion using a gentle to firm pressure. After this massage that point for around 3 minutes and then repeat the same on the other leg as well.
Sanyinjiao is present on the spleen meridian and influences lower abdominal organs and parasympathetic nervous system. It is also called SP6 acupressure point. Sanyinjiao is located at 3 inches above the bone of the ankle. It triggers the tissues connecting to abdominal organs and can be very beneficial to release trapped gas.
For this massage you need to place two fingers on the SP6 point. Some experts also do it with one finger. Move the fingers in circular motion using slight pressure. Then massage that point for around 2-3minutes and repeat on the other leg.
This acupressure point is located on the conception vessel meridian. It is also known as pressure point CV6. However this pressure point needs to be handled with precision because it is present near the navel. It can treat most of the problems related to stomach and abdominal organs and improves overall energy as well. Qihai is located around 5.5 inches below the navel.
For massaging this point one must place two fingers in the exact location on the vessel meridian. Use gentle pressure on the spot and move fingers in circular motion like the above two. Make sure you do not put excess pressure over the point as it is a very sensitive area. Massage for 2-3 minutes continuously, you will find yourself in a better health position.
This acupressure point is also present on the stomach, but it is on the upper side of the navel. Zhongwan pressure point is present on the same conception vessel meridian but is believed to target slightly different organs. It improves problems related to-
- Upper abdominal organs
- Yang organs
- Bladder and gallbladder problems
This acupressure point is located around 4 inches above the navel and needs similar care as with Qihai. For massage at this point place three fingers together on the zhongwan point, then apply gentle pressure in circular motion. Do not press too hard, massage for around 3 minutes. You will feel relief from bloating within few minutes.
It is also called BL21 and is located on the bladder meridian. This is beneficial for abdominal pain and gastrointestinal disorders. It prevents the person from having serious abdominal issues. The acupressure point for this massage is located at 6 inches above the small of the back and then 5.5 inches outward on either side. This is close to the spine at the back of your body.
For doing this acupressure massage, place two fingers on the Weishu pressure point and then apply gentle pressure over that point. It has to be in circular motion and massage for 1-2 minutes only. Do not apply this acupressure if the person is suffering from contraindicated issues such as slipped disk or weak spine. It can harm the person otherwise.
Acupressure massage can be beneficial for improving digestive problems such as gas and bloating. It can give instant relief form uncomfortable condition and help release trapped gas. However all the acupressure points are quite sensitive and should be handled very carefully. Excess pressure or wrong motion on these points can prove to have a negative impact on the person. Acupressure needs to be done around 3 times in a week for a period of 4 weeks for best results. These acupressure techniques are meant for digestive problems and you can try it to get relief from gas and improve bowel function as well.
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