Asked By: Robert Gonzalez Date: created: Feb 17 2024

Is there a pressure point for digestive issues

Answered By: Adam Bennett Date: created: Feb 18 2024

It Can Provide Relief In A Matter Of Minutes – “Once you’ve found the right spot, there can be an instant effect. And, with a little trial and error and some practice, you will start finding the correct acupressure point faster and more accurately. If you have found the correct point, press it with your thumb or index finger (or sometimes even your fingernail) and maintain the pressure for 30 seconds to three minutes.

  • Find A Quiet Space : “It may not always be possible, but try to find a quiet and calming space when doing acupressure, away from distraction and electronics. If possible, find somewhere comfortable to sit, too.”
  • Try Not To Apply Too Much Pressure : “The pressure should be light and never painful. The intensity of the stimulation of the acupressure point can impact the effect of the acupressure on your entire body. A calming effect can be achieved using firm pressure, while a stimulating effect can be achieved with gentle pressure, but it should never hurt.”
  • Don’t Panic If It Doesn’t Work : “You won’t always feel the results instantly – it can take 15 to 20 minutes to allow your body to unwind and heal. However, it could also mean you haven’t quite found the correct spot, and there’s never any harm in trying again.”
  • Enhance It With Breathwork : “Using the power of your breath is a great ritual to use with acupressure. Taking deep inhalations and exhales when pressing on a point can enhance results and allow you to let go.”
  • Be Careful If You’re Pregnant : “Although acupressure is not age restrictive, people with high blood pressure and pregnant women should refrain unless they have spoken to a TCM practitioner first. Acupressure should never on or to help treat open wounds, scar tissue, varicose veins, or areas of inflammation or swelling.”

This is a fantastic pressure point if you are suffering from insomnia or sleep problems, especially if they’re related to stress. It’s located between the back of the ear and the base of the skull, where there’s a slight depression next to a bone called the mastoid.

  1. Locate the depression at the back of the ear and place your finger on the pressure point.
  2. Gently apply pressure in a circular motion, massaging it whilst your body and mind start to relax. If you can, add some essential oils such as lavender, which will help relax you and intensify the treatment.
  3. Massage for 15 seconds and repeat as needed.

This is considered one of the most important pressure points in the entire body. ‘Hegu’ in TCM means ‘joining valley’ – it refers to the point on the hand located between the index finger and thumb. It controls the face, nose, jaw and mouth, and can help release tension, reduce stress and calm headaches. However, do not use this acupressure point when pregnant.

  1. Locate the Hegu point on your hand and place your thumb on the pressure point.
  2. Use a deep firm pressure to massage and stimulate for two to three minutes.
  3. Make sure you’re breathing deeply as you massage the area as this will help you relax and let go.

Yin Tang, also known as your ‘evil eye’, lies between your eyebrows at the centre of your face. Applying pressure to this point can help with both anxiety, uneasiness and stress, whilst calming the mind and improving sleep.

  1. Sit comfortably and close your eyes, removing yourself from distraction and electronics.
  2. Find the spot between your eyebrows with your index finger or thumb.
  3. Gently circle your finger on the point 100 times; you should feel more relaxed.

This is a fantastic point to lift energy, ease anxiety and calm an overthinking mind. To find this point, rest your tips of your thumbs at the uppermost point of your ears, and reach your middle fingers up to touch one another at the crown of your head – this the point. Gently tapping this point allows your body to open and release feelings of anxiety and stress while grounding you.

  1. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and remove yourself from distraction and electronics.
  2. Find your Bai Hui point and gently rest or tap your middle fingers lightly for up to 60 seconds on the point.
  3. Repeat one to two times a day until you feel the lift in energy as you activate the point.

If you struggle with digestive issues, this is the acupressure point for you. It’s located on midline of the upper abdomen half way between the belly button and the junction where the ribs come together, or about one hand’s width above the belly button. When activated, this powerful acupoint can help with constipation, bloating, tummy aches and more.

  1. For this acupressure point, we would recommend applying pressure directly to the skin, although it can be done sitting over a top or jumper.
  2. Once you’ve found the spot, apply firm pressure and slowly increase the pressure as you rub the spot. Don’t use too much force.
  3. Keep massaging the area for three to five minutes. When you are done, release the pressure and let the spot rest. If this point is very sore, it could mean you have problems with your digestive system.

As this point crosses the spleen, kidney and liver meridians, it can treat many conditions associated with all three organs, including balancing hormones. It can also help with any digestive, gynaecological and emotional condition. You can find it around the distance of four finger widths above the inner ankle bone. If you’re pregnant, skip this acupressure point.

  1. Sit upright with your ankle crossed over your opposite leg and find Sanyinjaio by measuring out four finger widths above the inner ankle bone (on your lower calf).
  2. Holding onto your leg with your hand, apply firm pressure with your thumb or index finger for two to five minutes.
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What point should I massage for digestion?

Kidney 6: Shining Sea – Kidney 6 (KI6) is an acupressure point on the foot used to induce bowel movements. According to TCM, it can ease constipation by promoting fluid production. To use this point for acupressure:

  1. Find the KI6 point below your inner ankle bone.
  2. Press on the point with your thumb or index finger.
  3. Apply circular pressure for 1 to 3 minutes.
  4. Repeat on your other foot.

Acupressure can help relieve some symptoms of constipation. According to licensed acupuncturist Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, LAc, acupressure promotes peristalsis, the movement of your intestinal muscles. This helps move stool through your digestive system. The practice also activates the vagus nerve, which is involved in healthy digestive function.

  • The vagus nerve sends signals between your brain and digestive system.
  • Additionally, according to a 2019 study, acupressure increases endorphins.
  • This relaxes muscles and reduces stress, which is helpful if your constipation symptoms are due to stress.
  • Acupressure is generally considered safe, but it may not be for everyone.

Use caution if you’re pregnant. Some pressure points can induce labor, To reduce the risk of complications, consult a trained acupressure professional. You should also avoid acupressure if you have:

  • lung, kidney, or heart disease
  • a pacemaker
  • inflamed or injured skin

Additionally, the practice has potential side effects, including:

  • bruising
  • soreness
  • lightheadedness

Avoid using hard, deep pressure to help prevent these side effects. You can try several other strategies to prevent and relieve constipation. In addition to acupressure, you might try the following:

  • Eat high-fiber foods. Fiber softens and bulks up your stools, making them easier to pass. High-fiber foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking extra fluids will also soften your stools. It’s important to stay hydrated as you eat more fiber.
  • Stay active. Routine exercise can promote regular bowel movements. Try aerobic exercise or yoga to get things moving.
  • Take magnesium citrate. Magnesium citrate is a natural remedy for constipation.
  • Manage stress. Stress can cause or worsen constipation. Focusing on stress relief can naturally relieve your symptoms.
  • Train your bowels. It can be helpful if you’re able to have a bowel movement at the same time every day. You should also pass stool as soon as you feel the urge.
  • Take an over-the-counter (OTC) treatment. OTC medications like laxatives, stool softeners, or fiber supplements may also help. Check with your doctor before taking any of these treatments.
  • Change your medications. Some medications may worsen constipation. Talk with a doctor about changing the dose or taking a different medication.

Acupressure is a natural remedy for constipation. According to practitioners, it triggers bowel movements by promoting peristalsis and increases gastric juices. The practice is also said to relieve stress, a common cause of constipation. You can perform acupressure on yourself at home.

Asked By: Gregory Bryant Date: created: May 01 2024

Where is the stomach point in reflexology

Answered By: Carter Richardson Date: created: May 02 2024

Acupressure is slightly different from acupuncture in that rather than using needles, pressure is applied to certain points of your body. Pressing on these points may help relax muscles and improve blood circulation. That feeling we call nausea ⁠ — wanting to vomit or being sick to your stomach — is a common symptom that has a wide range of causes.

  • Acupressure is one way that may help relieve discomfort.
  • There are several pressure points, also called acupoints, for nausea.
  • You can reach some of these yourself.
  • Other pressure points are harder to locate.
  • For those, you’ll want to see a trained acupressure therapist.
  • When trying acupressure at home, there are a few things to keep in mind: Pericardium 6 (PC6 or P6) is a pressure point located on the inner side of your wrist.

Research shows that it can help people cope with nausea from anesthesia and surgery. To try it:

  1. Hold your hand up so that your palm is facing you.
  2. To find the right spot, place the first three fingers of your other hand across your wrist at the base of your palm.
  3. Place your thumb just below your three fingers.
  4. Gently press your thumb so you feel two large tendons.
  5. The P6 pressure point is located there, at the center of your lower wrist. Apply gentle pressure to this spot.
  6. Repeat on your other wrist.

For more information on this point and how to use it, see this guide, The large intestine 4 (LI4) point on your hand helps with nausea caused by headaches, pain, and digestive issues. To try it:

  1. Find the highest spot on the muscle between your thumb and index finger.
  2. This is the area where your thumb connects to the fingers.
  3. This area will bulge out slightly when you bring your thumb and finger together.
  4. The LI4 point is located about half an inch inward on the back of your hand. Apply pressure to this area.
  5. Repeat on your other hand.

Avoid if pregnant Although more research is needed to verify this, most practitioners agree that you shouldn’t apply pressure to your LI4 point while you’re pregnant. This pressure point on your foot is linked to your liver. To try the liver 3 (LIV3 or LV3) point:

  1. With your foot flat on the floor, place your finger in the gap between your big toe and the toe next to it.
  2. Slide your finger down about two finger widths onto your foot.
  3. The pressure point is on your foot in this spot. Apply pressure to this area.
  4. Repeat on your other foot.
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This pressure point on the inside of your foot is connected to the spleen. It helps with nausea caused by stomach problems. To try the spleen 4 (SP4) point:

  1. Sit down, and pull one foot onto your knee so that the inside of the foot is facing you.
  2. Slide your hand from your big toe to the side of your foot.
  3. This point is where your foot begins to arch, just past the padded ball of your feet.
  4. You should feel a slight downward curve of the foot in the S4 point. Apply pressure to this area.
  5. Repeat on your other foot.

The stomach 36 (ST36) point is located on your lower leg, just below the kneecap. Massaging this point can relieve nausea and pain, as well as help with other health issues. To try it:

  1. Sit down, and place your hand on your kneecap.
  2. Press on the spot where your pinky finger is resting.
  3. The pressure point for nausea is located on the outside of your shin bone, just below the knee.
  4. Apply pressure in a downward motion.
  5. Repeat on your other knee.

This pressure point on your back is linked to the bladder and spleen. It may be best to see an acupressure practitioner to reach this point. To try the bladder 20 (BL20) point:

  1. Lie down on your stomach.
  2. The practitioner will locate your 11th thoracic spine ( T11 ) on the middle of your back.
  3. This spine bone is at the bottom of your rib cage and is connected to the last ribs.
  4. The pressure points are on both sides of the spine, about two inches from the edges of the bone.

The kidney 21 (KID21) point is used to relieve nausea and vomiting. You’ll need an acupressure practitioner to reach this point. To try it:

  1. Lie down on your back.
  2. The acupressure practitioner will find this point on your upper stomach area.
  3. KID21 points are located just below the breast bone on either side of the middle of your stomach.
  4. They’re located about midway between your collarbone and belly button.

A number of studies show that acupressure works to relieve nausea. A 2012 study that tested acupressure versus fake acupressure on 80 pregnant women found that acupressure significantly reduced nausea. Half of the women in the study were treated at the KID21 point for 20 minutes a day, for a total of four days.

  • chest pain
  • hot or cold sweats
  • lightheadedness or dizziness
  • abdominal pain

Acupressure has been medically proven to help with nausea for some people. To relieve nausea at home, you can try applying pressure to these points. You can also visit a trained acupressure professional. You may need more than one visit to see results. Nausea is a common symptom.

What pressure point helps with IBS?

3.12 CV6 – CV6, also known as the Sea of Energy, is considered to be one of the most effective acupressure spots for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. It is a longevity point that may be helpful in boosting the general health of the body. This point is situated near the center of the lower abdomen, two finger widths below the belly button.

Should I rub my stomach if it hurts?

Massaging your stomach can help to move stool along the inside of your colon. It may help relieve symptoms of tightness, pressure, cramping and bloating. Start on the right side of your stomach down by the bone of your pelvis. Rub in a circular motion lightly up to the right side till you reach your rib bones.

Is it OK to massage the stomach?

Other benefits – In addition to the benefits above, abdominal massage may also:

  • aid in weight loss
  • encourage relaxation
  • tone and strengthen the abdominal muscles
  • release physical and emotional tension
  • release muscle spasms
  • increase blood flow to the abdomen
  • benefit abdominal organs

However, there isn’t specific research proving the effectiveness of abdominal massage in bringing about many of these benefits, including weight loss. Generally, abdominal massage is safe for most people provided it’s done in a gentle and safe manner:

  • Don’t have an abdominal massage if you’ve had recent abdominal surgery.
  • Talk to your doctor before getting an abdominal massage if you’re pregnant or have any health concerns.
  • It’s best that you don’t eat any heavy or spicy foods for a few hours before and after an abdominal massage.

Drink plenty of water after the massage. To perform abdominal massage on yourself:

  1. Lie flat on your back with your belly exposed.
  2. Overlap your hands on your lower belly and hold them here as you focus on your breath.
  3. Warm your hands by rubbing them together for about 30 seconds.
  4. Apply any oils that you’re using.
  5. Use the palm of your hand to massage your entire stomach in a clockwise direction several times.
  6. Then massage the centerline of your abdomen, starting below your sternum and ending at your pubic bone.
  7. Do three more lines an inch apart down the left side of the abdomen.
  8. Do the same on the right side of the abdomen.
  9. Then press your fingers into your navel firmly.
  10. Continue massaging with gentle pressure and circle outward from your navel in a clockwise direction.
  11. You can spend extra time on specific areas or trigger points that feel like they need some extra attention.
  12. Do this for up to 20 minutes.

If you don’t feel comfortable massaging yourself, you can also have your abdomen massaged by a massage therapist. Call before you make your appointment to see if the therapist performs abdominal massage. Not all masseuses provide this service. Abdominal massage is a low-risk treatment option that you can use to help several health conditions.

Why does rubbing your stomach make it feel better?

Could a Belly Massage Make You Healthier? “Would you like your belly massaged?” It was the third time in a month I’d been asked this. The question wasn’t entirely out of place: It was always in a nice spa, and always before starting a massage. Massages are a semi-regular thing for me, thanks to my work as a travel writer.

They’re also among the few times in my on-the-go life when I really let down my guard, immerse myself in an experience, and let someone care for me–with zero pangs of guilt. But something about the therapist touching my belly–no matter how extensive their training or swanky the spa setting–made me pause.

Did I really want someone putting his or hands on my soft belly? More importantly: what good (if any) would the motions do? To find out, I contacted, a 3,000-hour trained massage therapist and yoga teacher based in Vancouver. Narine is particularly known for manual therapy, a hands-on practice that, as he explains, uses “similar techniques but, unlike massage, oil isn’t necessary.” Narine is an advocate of abdomen massage because, as he says, “Touch is just good for us.

  1. All of our systems respond to it, and it encourages the whole individual to calm down.
  2. Massaging the abdomen does the same thing.” It may also aid digestion.
  3. According to Narine, when you massage your belly (or have someone do it for you), “it signals the nervous system to engage a state of relaxation.
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The body responds accordingly by bringing blood to the digestive system, allowing you to rest and digest the food you’ve eaten. You then absorb nutrients better, and make better use of them.” I reached out to Austin-based holistic health coach for her take.

  • While there isn’t medically backed research on the topic to date, Taylor told me that believes there’s a correlation between abdominal massage and nutrient absorption.
  • Many of us hold tension all day long in the belly.
  • We do exercises to tone them into ‘six packs,’ or we’re ‘sucking in’ to maintain the look of a flat belly,” says Taylor.

“No muscle in your body wants to be in a constant state of tension. Digestive function and comfort is a great reason to try abdominal massage.” I thought about the places I love to be massaged, those stress-prone areas that go the extra mile in my everyday life—my neck, shoulders, lower back, and feet.

Then I thought about my belly. When was the last time I considered how hard it works for me? As Narine wisely noted, “Everyone has a relationship to their abdomen. For the first nine months of your life, it’s the source of your life.” So, whatever your reason for not getting in touch with your core—insecurity, shame, embarrassment—maybe it’s time to start.

If you’re not ready to let a stranger touch your underside, you can practice on yourself, in the comfort of your own bed. According to Narine, the following steps for massaging the internal organs— which he calls “The Sun and the Moon”—will help prepare the body for restful sleep:

With coconut or sesame oil, draw the right hand up the right side abdomen from the hip, then cross beneath the ribs.Continue down the left side of the abdomen, a little bit wider than you did on the right side.Move the right hand across the body, below the navel and above the pubic bone. Then, travel up the right side in a clockwise fashion. Steps one through three collectively is “The Sun.”Use the left hand to follow the right hand throughout. It acts as “The Moon,” supporting and encouraging movement and elimination.

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Why is my trapped wind so painful?

6. Sip warm water slowly – Gastroenterologist Dr Jamile Wakim-Fleming suggests sipping on warm water throughout the day. This will help to reduce trapped wind in two ways. Firstly, warm water helps move food along the digestive tract. The quicker the food moves, the less chance you have of gas building up.

  • Secondly, warm water helps to calm the gut.
  • To move food through the gut, especially without the presence of warm water, the gut must constantly expand and contract, a process called peristalsis.
  • Warm water causes the gut to contract less intensely, causing less gas.
  • What is trapped wind? Trapped wind is a common condition that causes pain and discomfort in the stomach and abdomen.

It’s caused by a build-up of gas in the digestive system that puts pressure on the stomach area and causes discomfort. It’s perfectly normal to produce this gas. Bimuno® Original is a prebiotic supplement which is proven to work in 7 days* Sign up and get 10% off your first order In fact, we all produce gas and need to pass wind to release it on average around 15 to 20 times a day.

Holding it in can lead to painful trapped wind and noticeable bloating. Trapped wind isn’t dangerous, but the pain and bloating associated with trapped wind causes discomfort, and sometimes embarrassment. The key to easing the problem of trapped wind is to reduce the amount of gas produced by the gut.

Causes of trapped wind Gas is created during digestion. When we eat certain foods, the sugars and other carbohydrates in them aren’t broken down by the stomach or the small intestine. By the time they reach the large intestine, they’re still undigested.

Dairy products such as cow’s milk, cheese and yoghurtsHigh fibre foods including beans and lentilsHigh fibre, cruciferous vegetables including cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and brussels sproutsOnions and garlicFruits containing high levels of fructose, a fruit sugar, such as strawberries, pineapples and bananasWheat, barley and rye (but not other grains such as oats, buckwheat and quinoa)High fat, fried and spicy foodsFizzy drinks and alcohol

Everyone is different. Some of us may find dairy products cause excess gas, whilst others find beans and broccoli are the culprits. The most effective way to help control trapped wind is by making changes to your diet. Often, this is trial and error, whilst you work out which foods cause you to have the most amount of gas.

Eating too much or too quicklyTaking in too much air when you eatChewing gum

Symptoms of trapped wind Trapped wind symptoms normally appear quite suddenly, typically with uncomfortable sharp, stabbing pains.Some of the most popular symptoms of trapped wind are as follows:

A bloated stomach or abdomenPain or cramps in the stomach or abdomen that can move upwards as far as the shoulderFlatulenceBurpingLoud gurgling noises coming from your stomachAn uncomfortable feeling of fullness