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8 Useful Acupressure Points to Relieve Acid

Reflux and Heartburn


By Bipasha Mukherjee Leave a Comment
Heartburn and acid reflux are common digestive disorders that affect people of all ages.
Although, occasional acid reflux is not a serious problem, but chronic heartburn can be a
warning sign of Gastroesophageal reflux diseases (GERD), which is a chronic condition.
Heartburn usually causes mild to severe chest pain accompanied by a burning or tightening
sensation and it occurs after eating a spicy and oily meal. A small circular muscle that lies
between the oesophagus and stomach acts as the closure of the oesophagus after food passes into
the stomach. Improper closure of the muscle often leads to acid reflux, in with the acids of the
stomach move backward into the oesophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest. GERD is
a chronic condition in which acid reflux occurs more than twice a week. Although, antacids and
over the counter medication are available to treat these problems, it is best not to rely completely
on medicines. You can try to prevent and treat acid reflux and heartburn naturally with the help
of herbal remedies for acid reflux and acupressure. Acupressure is considered one of the best
remedies for acid reflux and digestive disorders.

Causes of Heartburn and Acid Reflux


Acid reflux and heartburn can be triggered by a number of factors like diet and lifestyle. Some of
the common causes of heartburn are as follows:

Dietary Habits

Eating large portions of food at once

Eating excessive spicy and oily foods

Eating citrus fruits, drinking alcohol, citrus juices, caffeinated and carbonated drinks

Eating right before bedtime

Lifestyle Habits

Being overweight

Smoking

Lying down right after eating

Medical Issues

Pregnancy

Hiatal Hernia

GERD

Ulcers

Medications such as antibiotics, aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

8 Potent Acupressure Points to Treat GERD, Acid Reflux and Heartburn


No need to rely on antacids and acidity medicines anymore. Now, you can treat heartburn and
acid reflux naturally with these effective acupressure points.
CV12
CV12 or Conception Vessel 12 is an effective pressure point used in treatment for heartburn and
acid reflux. This point is also called the Central Venter, and it is located on the midline of the
body, halfway between the base of the breastbone and belly button. Stimulating this point helps
in relieving heartburn, indigestion, constipation, stomach pain and abdominal spasms. It is also
useful for relieving emotional stress and worries which also cause digestive problems. It is best
not to stimulate this point is a person suffers from heart diseases, high blood pressure or cancer.
This point should not be stimulated for more than 2 minutes at a stretch, and it should be
stimulated at an empty stomach. Lie on your stomach and place the palm of your right hand
under the point, midway between the breastbone and belly button and breathe deeply for 1 to 2
minutes keeping your eyes closed.

CV6
CV6 or Conception Vessel 6 is one of the best acupressure points for heartburn that is widely
used to treat digestive problems such as constipation, abdominal pain, gas and bloating. This

point is also named the Sea of Energy, and it is located two finger widths below the navel. It is
also useful for improving womens health by treating hernia, uterine bleeding, and irregular
menstruation. In addition, it aids in relieving impotence, stroke, general weakness and muscle
pain, asthma and lower back pain. This point should be stimulated in combination with CV12.
Lie down on your stomach with the palm of your right hand under the points CV6 and CV 12.
Continue to breathe deeply for 1 to 2 minutes keeping your eyes closed.

B23 and B47


B23 or Bladder 23 and B47 or Bladder 47 is a pair of acupressure points that are used to stop
acid reflux and other digestive disorders. These points are known as the Sea of Vitality, and they
are located on the lower back, 2 to 4 finger widths away from the spine, at waist level.
Stimulating these points helps in relieving indigestion, abdominal pain, and stomach ache also.
These are local points for relieving lower back pain and also aids in treating fatigue and
impotence in men. In order to stimulate these points lie down on your back with your legs bent,
and feet placed flat on the floor. Now, place your hands under your lower back on top of each
other and relax your body down on your fists. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for 1 minute.

St36
St36 or Stomach 36 is one of the widely used acupressure points for indigestion treatment that
helps in relieving all types of gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach
ache, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, etc. This point is also called the Three Mile Point, and it is
situated four finger widths below the kneecap, one finger widths to the outside of the shin bone.
It is also useful for boosting immunity and relieving general weakness, PMS symptoms,
depression, insomnia, and nervousness. This point can be stimulated by briskly rubbing it using
your fingers for 30 seconds to 1 minute on both legs.

P6

P6 or Pericardium 6 is one of the vital acupressure points for acid reflux and heartburn treatment.
This is also called the Inner Gate, and it is located in the middle of the inner wrist, two and half
finger widths below the wrist crease. Stimulating this point helps in relieving GERD, stomach
ache, indigestion, upset stomach, nausea, and anxiety. It is a local point for wrist and arm pain
which is also beneficial for treating motion sickness, headache, and carpal tunnel syndrome. This
point can be stimulated by placing the left thumb on the inside of the wrist and applying firm
pressure on it for 1 minute while breathing deeply and then switching sides and applying
pressure on the other arm.

Sp4
Sp4 or Spleen 4 is another potent pressure point for treatment of acid reflux and heartburn. It is
also called the Grandfather Grandson point, and it can be found on the arch of the foot, one
thumb width from the ball of the foot, towards the heel. Activating this point helps in relieving
GERD, abdominal pain, stomach ache, indigestion, and diarrhea. It also aids in treating
gynecological issues like fibroids, cysts and irregular menstruation, chest and heart pain, anxiety,
insomnia, and nervousness. This point can be stimulated by applying firm pressure on the point
for 1 to 2 minutes using the thumb or fingertips while breathing deeply.

G6
The point G6 is located near the temple behind the hairline, 2 finger widths away from the tip of
the ear. This is an extremely effective acupressure point for treating acid reflux and heartburn. It
is also useful for relieving headache, cold and flu, toothache, nausea, fever, eye problems, and
tremors. This point should be stimulated on both sides of the head by applying firm and steady
pressure for 1 to 2 minutes using the fingertips and thumb.

LV3

LV 3 or Liver 3 is a useful acupressure point for treating gastric acid reflux. It is also known as
the Great Surge, and it is located on the foot, between the big toe and the second, at the
depression where the two toes meet. This point helps in treating digestive disorders like diarrhea,
acid reflux, constipation, nausea, vomiting, etc. It is also useful for treating eye problems,
headache, dizziness, menstrual issues, chest pain, anxiety, irritability and insomnia. This point
can be stimulated by applying firm and steady pressure on the point in both feet for 1 minute
using the fingertips.

So, now that you know the important acupressure points for relieving digestive problems of
heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD, use them yourself and stimulate them in your loved ones for
natural and lasting relief from these problems.
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About Bipasha Mukherjee


Bipasha Mukherjee is a professional content writer at ModernReflexology.com. She has done her
post graduation in English from The University of Calcutta and has flair to write articles on
Massages, Acupressure, Reflexology, Acupuncture and Etc.

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