It is common to experience constipation from time to time. This can happen for many reasons, including dehydration and stress. Certain medications and medical conditions can cause constipation.
Fortunately, constipation can be relieved with natural remedies like acupressure. It applies physical pressure to various points on the body to support digestion and stimulate bowel movements.
You can do acupressure yourself or have a professional do it for you. Either way, it’s important to understand how it works, as well as potential side effects.
Read on to learn how to use pressure points to relieve constipation.
How do pressure points work?
Acupressure is a form of traditional Chinese medicine. It is a form of acupuncture, where small needles are inserted into the skin to stimulate specific points on the body. As with massage, when pressure is applied to activate these points, it is called acupressure.
According to TCM, your body has a vital energy called Qi. This energy flows through channels in your body called meridians. These meridians are believed to be associated with your tissues and organs.
TCM practitioners believe that a balanced Qi is necessary for good health. If your Qi is blocked or out of balance, health problems can occur. These include the following disorders:
Treatments such as acupressure are used to balance qi.
In acupressure, the practitioner uses fingers or hands to apply body pressure to specific points along the meridians of your body. It is said to stimulate a response that promotes healing and relaxation.
There are over 2000 pressure points in the body. The specific points used for acupressure depend on your ailment.
How to use acupressure to relieve constipation?
Acupressure can be used for constipation by stimulating the following pressure points. According to TCM, these points are associated with various organs involved in constipation.
San Jiao 6: Branch Channel
San Jiao 6 (SJ6) is commonly used for constipation. According to Peirano, this point stimulates the lower jiao, including the large and small intestines, kidneys, and bladder.
To use this point for acupressure:
Locate the SJ6 three fingers away from the outer wrist crease of your hand.
Press the point with the opposite thumb or forefinger.
Apply circular compressions for 1 to 3 minutes.
Repeat on the other hand.