It is okay for a body to experience uncomfortable digestive issues sometimes, like bloating or gas. As we all have different body and things affect us differently, people with sensitive stomach experiences such troublesome symptoms more frequently than others.
Did you know that Chinese people have medicine that cures such conditions in the human body as bloating, stomach pain and gas?
The medicine is the Art of Acupressure. After some deep research, we knew ‘How Acupressure is beneficial for digestive problems, and we are here to share it with you.
What is Acupressure?
Although the Chinese people use it the most, this medicine has a long history globally.
Acupuncture and Acupressure have now become some famous alternatives to western techniques in Modern Holistic Health Culture.
Talking about what this medicine is, it is a traditional Chinese massage therapy that stimulates different pressure points in the body. By massaging the pressure points, the body feels relaxed, and it helps the flow of energy around the body. It also helps the metabolism in the body to work smoothly.
Not only does it help the body to release gas, but Acupressure also stays useful for other conditions like constipation and stomach ache.
Now that we have understood about Acupressure. Let us get to know about The gas and bloating Acupressure points.
Chinese people have labelled the Acupressure points as ‘Meridians’ and ‘Energy Pathways’.
Although, Organs inside our bodies epistolizes with different Meridians, and hence each pressure point is labelled after its meridian position.
Spurring the pressure points via massage therapy helps the body release the caged gas and also helps in reducing bloating.
Studies say different Acupressure points influence various organs, and by stimulating the specific pressure points, the particular organ or condition feels relaxed.
Below are different Acupressure points that help in digestive conditions.
First, we have ‘Zusanli’ also called, ST36.
This pressure point is placed on the stomach meridian and influences the following.
Master Energy, Parasympathetic Nervous System and Upper Abdominal Organs.
The point location is around 3 inches beneath the kneecap and 1 inch towards the outer edge. Moreover, to massage this pressure point, you will have to keep two fingers on the ‘Zusanli’ spot and move them in a circular motion firmly and gently for 2-3 mins and then do the same on the other leg.
Located on the spleen meridian, we have ‘Sanyinjiao’ also known as SP6. This point influences our lower abdominal organs and the Parasympathetic nervous system.
It is positioned approx 3 inches over the bone of the inner ankle. To stimulate this spot, you will need to keep two fingers on the specific pressure point and move it in a circular motion for 2-3 mins and repeat the method on the other leg.
Next is ‘Qihai’, also called CV6, positioned on the conception vessel meridian. This point influences the lower abdominal organs and Overall energy.
Located at 1 and 1/2 inches below the navel. To massage it, you place two or three fingers on the point and massage it very gently for 2-3 minutes.
Positioned at the conception vessel meridian, ‘Zhongwan'(CV12)influences our Upper abdominal organs and yang organs(Gallbladder and Bladder). The point location of this point is approx 4 inches above the navel. Place three fingers on the ‘Zhongwan’, and by applying gentle pressure, massage the spot circularly for 2-3 minutes.
Lastly, ‘Weishu’ is also called BL21 on the bladder meridian. It influences the abdominal pain and gastrointestinal disorders in our body. Approx 6 inches over the small of the back and 1 and 12 inches outwards on either side of the spine. To stimulate this point, keep one or two fingers on the spot and massage the point slowly in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes(Remember not to rub the area if you experience any contraindicated conditions)
What are the downsides of pressure points for gas and bloating?
Acupressure is one of the very safe health methods to cure conditions happening in your body. Yet, if you experience bleeding disorders, it will be better to contact your doctor first before applying pressure to the points on your body.
Remember, if you are doing this massage without any professional assistance, Do not forget to keep the pressure gently and firm while massaging your Acupressure point. If you apply extra encumbrance, you might end up experiencing severe pain and bruise in the area.
Home Remedies to cure conditions like; Gas and bloating?
Increase your Fiber Intake
Try eating slowly
Probiotics and Prebiotics help
Try not to eat or intake foods that can be allergic to your body.
If the above Acupressure points and home remedies do not work well for you, we recommend you to call your doctor.