Gas and bloating are uncomfortable digestive symptoms that everyone experiences. Unfortunately, for people with sensitive stomachs, these issues may appear more frequently and require treatment.
We explore whether acupressure is beneficial for the digestive system, and how to use acupressure points for gas and bloating.
Stimulating the following acupressure points through massage therapy.
1. Stomach Points
Location: They are located on the middle lines of the body, the first one is just above the navel (Center of Energy), and the other one is a few centimeters below it (Sea of Energy).
In order to treat gas issues, you should press these points on the stomach. This will reduce abdominal contraction and soothe heartburn in addition to reducing emotional stress and soothing lower back pain. You can also use this treatment regularly for the best results!
2. Lower Back Points
Location: The acupressure points for gas on the lower back are four, located around the waistline, on the lower body side. They are also known as the Sea of Vitality.
Laying on your stomach, you can press these points to relieve abdominal pain and gas. If you have a weak back, avoid this exercise because it could worsen the condition.
3. Hand Points
Location: They can be found on the inside of the wrists, and are also known as Inner Gate Point.
Apply pressure on these points to relieve nausea, pain in the stomach and improve digestion.
4. Leg Three Miles
Location: These points are otherwise known as Zu San Li, or ‘leg three miles’, referring to the power of these points to provide energy for a 3-mile walk. In order to locate this point, you should bend the leg a bit and place 4 fingers below your kneecap. Start with the index finger at the base of your knee cap while keeping the other 3 fingers directly under it. The point is located on the outer side of the shin bone in the small crevice between the little finger and foot just before the joint line.
The pressure of this point will provide you with high levels of energy, relieve gas bloating and nausea, improve digestion. It also strengthens your immune system to fight against other digestive disorders like constipation or diarrhea!
5. Points On Feet
Location: There are 2 essential shiatsu acupressure points for gas on the feet. Cross the ankle over the knee, and find them with the thumb. One is on the top of the arch, a finger’s width away from the foot’s ball, and the other is where the bones of the second and big toe meet on the foot’s top.
Press the first point for a minute in order to calm your stomach, reduce gas and bloating, as well as stimulate circulation. You can press the other one too if you are feeling extra bloated!
6. Three Yin Crossing
Location: You can find this point around 3- finger-widths above the bone of the inner ankle.
Are there downsides to acupressure points for gas and bloating?
Acupressure can be a great way to relax and heal the body, but it’s important that you speak with your doctor beforehand if you have any health conditions. When you self-treat with acupressure, use moderate pressure on the skin. If using too much force, particularly in sensitive areas of your body, can cause pain or bruise – among other symptoms.
Acupressure has thousands of years of use for a variety of health conditions, including gas, bloating, and other digestive issues. There are almost 30 points on the body that could help improve digestion, reduce abdominal pain, and more. If you’re interested in trying acupressure for uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms, visit a doctor to learn more about how to incorporate this therapy into your treatment.