Acupressure Points for Indigestion and Related Problems
Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a widespread condition affecting more than 25% of the adult US population. Only about 3% of these are ever ill enough to visit their primary care physician.
Indigestion is often a sign of another problem - for example, acid reflux, gallbladder disease or ulcers, and not a disorder in its own right. It is defined as the inability to or difficulty to digest stomach contents, and is described as a feeling of fullness and / or discomfort that usually starts just after beginning to eat. It can be accompanied by pain, burning or bloating in the region of the upper stomach.
Digestive issues and indigestion symptoms are associated with a fast-paced lifestyle - eating too much, too often or too quickly; eating high-fat foods or overly sugared processed foods; drinking too much alcohol; and / or smoking.
The signs and symptoms of indigestion also go hand in hand with emotional upset, stress, fatigue, or overeating during stressful times or situations. Many people who have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders also suffer indigestion.
Indigestion could be due to these reasons:
- Improper Food
- Improper timings
- Consuming oily, spicy or sour food stuff
- Eating acid-forming, gas-causing food
Acupressure is also beneficial to alleviate symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). The main symptom of GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is heartburn, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Other symptoms of GERD are chest pain, upper abdomen pain, feeling too full after eating, nausea after eating, vomiting and regurgitation.
Specific acupressure points that relieve GERD are located on the abdomen, back, wrists, shin and foot.
Acupressure Points to get relief and cure from indigestion and related problems:
Points B23 and B47 located on the back relieve indigestion, stomachaches and abdominal pain. Be careful putting pressure on these points if you have back pain, broken bones or any damage to your spine. Gach says these points are located two and four finger widths from the spine at your natural waist level.
Gall Bladder: K-3
Intestine: St-25, 36, 41, 42, 45
Acupressure point St36, found on both shins, relieves general digestive issues, stomachaches and fatigue. St36 is located four finger widths down from the knee cap and one finger width away from the shin bone.
Sp-5, 6: Sp-6 point crosses the Spleen, Kidney and Liver meridians, it can treat many conditions associated with all three organs. It’s an important point in the treatment of any digestive, gynecological & emotional condition. A few of the most popular points to induce labor or increase contractions are known as Spleen 6 and Hoku or Large Intestine 4. (Don't press this point during pregnancy.)
Located on the arch of your foot, Sp4 relieves indigestion and abdominal cramps. Additionally, Sp4 helps with anxiety. Sp4 is on the arch, a thumb width down from the ball of the foot. By improving your overall digestive health, you decrease the likelihood of GERD episodes.
Two acupressure points on the abdomen, CV12 and CV6, are used to alleviate indigestion and GERD. The point CV12 is on the mid line of the body, halfway between your breastbone's base and your belly button. CV6 is two finger widths under the belly button. CV12 specifically treats heart burn whereas CV6 alleviates abdominal pain, bloating and constipation, which may lead to GERD. Wait for two hours after eating before using these points. Do not massage CV12 and CV6 for longer than two minutes.
GB-34 Gallbladder point relaxes the muscles. Benefits of applying acupressure on this point are: Opens the channel, alleviates pain, and benefits the lateral costal region. It helps Clear damp-heat from the Liver and Gall Bladder. It Spreads Liver Qi around.
Wrists P 6: is also called "Neiguan P6 Acupressure Point".
This point helps you get cure for stomachaches, indigestion, anxiety and nausea. About 2 1/2 finger widths below your wrist crease, P6 rests in the depression between the bones of your forearm. It helps get relief from motion sickness or nausea.
Acupressure points are found in depressions in the body and usually feel slightly tender when you press on them. Never press too hard on acupressure points. Instead, use a firm but gentle pressure.
Acupressure Point for GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease)