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9 Best Acupressure Points to Treat Digestive Problems


By Bipasha Mukherjee — 24 Comments

Our modern eating habits and increasing dependence on packed and ready to eat meals has lead
not only to increased risk of heart diseases, obesity and diabetes, it has also disrupted our
digestive system causing problems like indigestion, gas, constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
(IBS), heart burn, sour stomach, diarrhea, etc and most of us suffer from at least one of these
problems although we don’t really speak up or do something to relieve it. The best way to treat
all these issues is changing the eating pattern for good, but in the meantime acupressure and
re exology can be used effectively to relieve the painful side effects of an upset digestive
system.

Common Causes of Digestive Problems:


The causes of stomach ailments are multiple and in most cases they work together. It is really
dif cult to determine the root cause and it is often treated according to the symptoms, but here
are a few most common causes for digestive disorder:

Poor Diet

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Stress
Dehydration
Nutritional De ciency or Excess
Bacterial Infection
Chronic Medical Conditions
In ammation of the Digestive Tract

How Acupressure Treats Digestive Problems?


Acupressure originated in China more than 5,000 years and it is based on the theory that an
ailment can be treated by balancing the unbalanced “qi” energy in various regions of the body.
Most of the digestive disorders arise from in ammation of the digestive tract that leads to
decreased digestion and absorption of nutrients. Acupressure helps in healing the in amed
digestive linings by restoring the balanced ow of energy throughout the body.

9 E ective Acupressure Regions for Treating Digestive Problems:


Stimulating these 9 speci c points can help in relieving the pain caused by indigestion and
treating problems like constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas and bloating.

Union Valley:

This point is located in the webbing between the index nger and the thumb. Stimulating this
point improves over all intestinal function and helps relieve diarrhea, constipation and
abdominal pain.

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Crooked Pond:

This point is located at the top of the elbow crease, at the edge of the joint. Stimulating this
point helps in relieving diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain.

Outer Gate:

This point is located three ngers width above the wrist crease, on the outer side of the hand.
Stimulating this point helps in relieving nausea and vomiting.

Inner Gate:

This point is located three ngers width above the wrist crease, in the middle of the arm on the
palm side of the hand. Stimulating this point relieves stomach ache, indigestion, vomiting and
anxiety.

Three Point Mile:


This point is located on the outer edge of the leg, three ngers width below the knee.
Stimulating this point helps in relieving ulcer, enteritis, nausea, gas and bloating.

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Grandfather-Grandson:
This point is located on the side of inner side of the foot, four nger width away from the big
toe. Stimulating this point harmonizes energy ow in the stomach and relieves indigestion,
stomach ache and nausea.

Three Yin Crossing:


This point is located three nger widths above the inner ankle bone. Stimulating this point helps
in overall healing of diseases related to the lower abdomen. It relieves colitis, abdominal
distention and atulence.

Great Rushing:
This point is located in the webbing between the big and the second toes. Stimulating this point
helps in improving gall-bladder health and relieving nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

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Middle Cavity:

This point is located half way between the breast bone and the belly button, at the mid-line of
the body. Stimulating this point helps in relieving heartburn, indigestion and abdominal pain.

Stretching to Open all the Digestive Channels:


It is important to stretch the entire body before beginning the acupressure session in order to
unblock the blocked meridians and help the “qi” ow throughout the body that will make the
session more effective.

Raise your arms above your head while breathing in and stretch backwards as much as you
can without hurting yourself.
Count till 3 and come back to the original position while exhaling slowly.
Inhale and bend forward in the rag doll position while exhaling.
Count till 3 and come back to the starting position while inhaling.
Bring your arms above your head and lean your body to the right side while exhaling
Come back to the starting position while inhaling
Now lean your body to the left side while exhaling
Come back to the starting position while inhaling
Repeat this whole stretching workout 3 times to open all digestive channels.

All these pressure points helps in opening up the digestive channel and it will bene t any
digestive condition in an effective way. So the next time you feel bloated and full, don’t just reach
out for an antacid, try out these easy and simple re exology procedures and get long term relief
from digestive problems.

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Bipasha Mukherjee is a professional content writer at ModernRe exology.com. She has


done her post graduation in English from The University of Calcutta and has air to write
articles on Massages, Acupressure, Re exology, Acupuncture and Etc.

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Seshaderi Rajagopalan Kuttalam · Supervisor at Self-Employed


fantastic explanations
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Ezhumalai Premtssv · D.C.E at NLC INDIA Limited


fantastic explanations
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Tammy Bar · Owner at Self-Employed


How long should one hold each pressure point for best results?
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Prakasa Vigraha
In the final stretching exercise the breathing order is confusing. On the return from
the left side bend one inhales. Then to continue one has to inhale further. it seems
contradictory. Has everything been written correctly ?
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Sameer Kan · Kolkata


Image under the head Middle Cavity is not avialble, even if one tries to open in
seperate page, it gives the message, "page is not available)
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Subhro says
November 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Thank you for your article. I am suffering from IBS for over 5 years now and I suffer from
excessive gas which tends to push upwards causing chest congestion which can only be
relived by passing stool. Further the bowel movement is mostly 4 – 5 times in a day.
Could u plz guide me on which acupressure technique will show result and how long I
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need to press a point and the frequency in a day. Also how soon will I ne able to see
results given the fact that my ailment is chronic.
Thanks in advance
Subhro

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Bipasha Mukherjee says


March 20, 2015 at 4:56 PM

You can apply pressure on each of the points for 5 minutes and then move on to the
next point or set of points.

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uday says
October 1, 2015 at 7:35 AM

you should approach any ayurvedic dr,they really can help you.i was also suffering
from ibs for 5 years ,someone told me about ayurvedic treatments that can cure this
irritating problem,then i visited patanjali yogpeeth haridwar for the recommended
treatment,my experience waa unbelievable.so you can also visit ptnjli and take
various treatments .

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Gbs says
March 13, 2015 at 11:36 PM

Thanx for the efforts and the time spent,for us to bene t from ur lectures

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Shakeel says
September 16, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Thanks so much for this information. I am de nitely going to try. I hope it helps me.

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Goran says
October 5, 2015 at 11:31 PM

Can you write the names of all the points you described? ie. Large Intesting 4 (LI4)

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J says
October 17, 2015 at 5:29 PM

How can I print these articles for my personal use without the borders. Even at 70% on
the print tab you don’t get the whole article. They are excellent and I want to use them
away from the computer.

Thank you.

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ANKIT SHAH says


November 18, 2015 at 7:57 PM

IMAGES OF SOME OF THESE POINTS ARE MISSING. LIKE THE OUTER GATE AND
MIDDLE CAVITY. CAN YOU PLEASE PROVIDE THOSE. IT WOULD BE OF GREAT HELP.
THANKS

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ANKIT SHAH says


November 20, 2015 at 7:24 PM

MY PROBLEM IS THAT I HAVE BEEN TRHU LOTS OF STRESS & ANXIETY. THIS HAS
AFFECTED MY DIGESTION A LOT. NOW, THE MAIN PROBLEMS IS THAT MY LIVER
OR GALL BLADDER DOES NOT PRODUCE OX BILE. SO FAT IS NOT DIGESTED OR
ABSORBED. IS THERE ANY POINTS TO HEAL THIS.

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Sophie says
March 29, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Could someone advise me….about 2 years ago I was diagnosed with dyspepsia and was
vomiting every second day with acid re ux. After about six months the vomiting stopped
without medication. The acid re ux got worse for a while and burning throughout my
body. I have done two acupuncture sessions and most of the acid re ux has stopped just
some burning occasionally. Now however, I have unbearable constipation, stomach ache,
nausea and a tight, gnawing pain (sometimes like electricity) mostly across my upper left
chest, arms and sometimes hands. I’m getting a lot of headaches recently and like the
food isn’t going down properly or fast enough. The acupuncturist put a needle under
breast bone, on top of stomach last time and its been really hurting there, subsided
somewhat after a week. Any suggestions would be great!! I was diagnosed with GERD as
well and have tried alternatives – aloe vera, salts, ionized water, turned veggie, cut out
some processed foods and spicy foods. Nothing has helped!

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Gopi Krishna says


July 30, 2016 at 7:17 PM

http://www.modernre exology.com/acupressure-points-for-acid-re ux-gerd-


heartburn/ Follow this article for best results. and remember to make lifestyle
changes. A change in your diet can do wonders.

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haresh Chauhan says


April 24, 2016 at 6:03 PM

As my father hassigmoid colon mass means tumour in large intestine.

Doctor has suggested to cut some part of effected area.

I do not want to operate


Let me provide or help to cure this with acupressure or any other alternative medicine

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Gopi Krishna says


July 30, 2016 at 7:12 PM

It is best to operate, acupressure can help alleviate the pain, but to remove the
tumour you need the help of conventional medication.

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Wayne says
April 25, 2016 at 2:38 AM

I too would like an illustration of the outer gate and middle cavity

Thanky you,
Wayne

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Gopi Krishna says


July 30, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Sure we will look into it.

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nikita chungwani says


June 22, 2016 at 10:24 AM

mam this is nikita frm rewa ( mp), mumma is suffering frm very bad health, she is nt able
to digest anythng she is suffering frm excess urinal issues since 15 yrs, we have tried
every treatment bt nthng worked, since yrs she is surviving on very simple meal, nt even
a single fruit she has consumed since thn PLEASE suggest smthing.kissiko kuch bhi bta
to sb kehte h ki ye sb vahm h but mene unki halat dekhi h, ye koi vahm nhi h please mam
help her out.

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Gopi Krishna says


July 30, 2016 at 4:44 PM

It is best you take her to a doctor.

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sanjiv says
March 24, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Chronic diseases take along time to heal. I had felt that your stomach is rst affected
by excess stress around you. Ask her to practice relaxing. Daily do hand & foot
massage two time empty stomach. Walking helps a lot. Mix this basic therapy with
any doctor’s treatment and hope improvement.
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Bo says
July 4, 2016 at 10:50 PM

My son has been unwell all day with a bad stomach and has kept going to the toilet… It is
now 1:30am he woke up at 11pm and couldn’t keep still because of stomach pain and
feeling sick… I didn’t think he would be able to settle back down… I have just done a
combination of the above points and within 10 minutes he settled and drifted back to
sleep. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Gopi Krishna says


July 30, 2016 at 4:41 PM

We are so glad it worked for your son.

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Anirudha pune says


July 28, 2016 at 8:11 AM

Very knowledgeable information.

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Gopi Krishna says


July 30, 2016 at 10:24 AM

Thank you for appreciating our work.

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Margot says
September 22, 2016 at 11:14 PM

I. Also would like to see the two missing pictures.


I have a question is there some thing for the hip ?
Margot

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Gopi Krishna says


September 27, 2016 at 2:05 PM

http://www.modernre exology.com/acupressure-points-to-relieve-hip-back-
pain/. This article should help you.

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