Acupressure uses a system of 365 pressure points along the 12 energetic meridians used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is also called TCM. Proponents of TCM believe that stimulating these points, by using fingertip pressure or acupuncture needles, can restore balanced health. Several points are traditionally stimulated to relieve constipation. Check with your health care provider before beginning any new medical program.
How It Works
Doctors of Oriental Medicine balance the flow of energy by pressing on body points. They focus on the liver and conception vessel channels to assist constipated clients. While an acupressure specialist would refer to this as stimulating your liver channel, a Western doctor might refer to it as boosting your digestive system.
He Gu Xue
Found on the webbing between your thumb and pointer finger, the He Gu Xue point stimulates contractions in the digestive system, and is helpful for relieving insomnia and shoulder tension. An acupressurist might hold this point firmly for up to two minutes in a session. Pregnant women should avoid stimulating this point, as it can induce labor contractions.
Joining the Valley
Slide your fingertip from He Gu Xue toward your wrist, feeling for a bony bump at about the halfway point. This is point 4 on the large intestine meridian, traditionally used to stimulate intestinal contractions. In TCM, constipation is considered a blocked passage; "joining the valley" refers to creating a passage, which creates a state of balance in your overall health.
Bend your elbow and slide your thumb along the crease. Stop when you reach the end of the crease closest to your outer arm. This is large intestine 11, a point that can help balance intestinal tone whether you have constipation or diarrhea. A "crooked pond" may discourage the flow of its contents. This is a powerful trigger point for the colon.
Sea of Energy
Place your fingertips on the lower edge of your belly button and slide them down two finger widths. This is conception vessel 6, a point used to tone the abdominal muscles, as well relieve constipation and gas.The Sea of Energy moniker refers to the location of many organs in this area.
- "Acupressure's Potent Points"; Michael Reed Gach; 1990
- Diane Joswick; L.Ac.; Oceanside, CA
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