Acupressure Therapy to Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Acupressure causes your body to regulate the underlying organ malfunctions that are leading to your Irritable bowel syndrome( IBS), which is an important part of treatment. As acupressure helps get relief from the irritable bowel symptoms, it may be the b

Acupressure causes your body to regulate the underlying organ malfunctions that are leading to your Irritable bowel syndrome ( IBS), which is an important part of treatment. As acupressure helps get relief from the irritable bowel symptoms, it may be the best alternative therapy for the treatment of IBS.

Acupressure's real use is as a healthcare, self-care technique for promoting health balance and preventing disease and disorders. It can also be used as an effective tool for easing and curing common, minor ailments or as an adjunct to therapy for more serious conditions. Acupressure not only treats the energy fields and body but also the mind, emotions, and spirit.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a “syndrome,” meaning a group of symptoms. IBS is not a disease. It's a functional disorder, meaning that the bowel doesn't work, or function, correctly. The most common symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain or discomfort often reported as cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and/or constipation.

IBS has no cure, but you can do things to relieve symptoms. Treatment may involve

  • diet changes
  • medicine
  • stress relief

You may have to try a few things to see what works best for you, such as acupressure therapy which may help you reducing related symptoms and stress as well.

Acupressure Points to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

1- CV 6 (Sea of Energy): It is one of the most empowering acupressure points in the body. CV 6 is a longevity point, which can improve your overall health and enable you to live longer.

Point Location: CV 6 is located two finger widths below the center of your belly button. The finger pressure should always be applied gradually. Go even slower and more carefully into the abdomen for the elderly and sick. During pregnancy be very gentle, and use the palm of your hand instead of fingertips.

CV 6 revives the body’s healing processes; develops vitality; strengthens the immune system, urinary system, sexual reproductive system, and benefits the kidneys. It is good for Relieving: stomachache, abdominal cramping, constipation, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cramps, insomnia, bloating, edema, prolapse, urinary incontinence, impotence, infertility, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, digestive headaches, body aches, anal or rectal pains, and general weaknesses.

For Constipation: Press CV 6 two or three times a day to relieve and prevent constipation and irritable bowel. Pressing this point activates and strengthens the large intestine, encourages peristalsis, and relaxes the abdomen. Along with this point, I’ve used Chi Gong breathing exercises effectively for constipation and irritable bowel since the colon’s partner is the lungs in traditional Chinese health care.  

2- Cv I2: The point halfway between the belly button and the lower edge of the breastbone. This acupoint is used for lack of appetite and indigestion. This acupoint relieves stomach upset that is related to emotions. It can also alleviate fullness from overeating, gas, bloating, and acid regurgitation.

3- St25: The point two thumb-widths from your belly button (navel) on either side. To locate: Place three fingers parallel and alongside the center of the bellybutton. The point is at the edge of the last finger, three fingers away from the center of the bellybutton.

4- Stomach 25: It is especially useful in treating constipation, diarrhea, and any other kind of intestinal disorder. Stimulating ST-25 also moves abdominal blood and can alleviate menstrual irregularities.

5- St 36 (Three Mile Point): The depression four finger-widths below the kneecap edge and one thumb's-width outside of the shinbone. This effective point is helpful for joints, will strengthen the whole body, relieve indigestion and alleviate much of the fatigue that results form dealing with the pain of arthritis.

How to apply acupressure therapy?

(1) Use your palm to rub and knead your abdomen in a counterclockwise direction for three minutes. Start at the belly button and gradually move outward.

(2) Place both palms on your back. Rub down to the sacrum until you have a warm sensation in the abdomen.

Conventional medicine simply has no cures for IBS. Although there is no cure for IBS, there are treatments that attempt to relieve symptoms, including dietary adjustments, medication and psychological interventions.Patient education and a good doctor-patient relationship are also important.

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Useful links:

Instant Pain Relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome

3 Acupressure Points to Improve Your Digestion

* What I need to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome

* Cure for IBS

* Accupressure for IBS with Constipation

* Acupressure & IBS

* Acupressure Points and Massage Treatment

* Acupressure Therapy to Get Healing from Kidney Diseases

* How Acupressure Therapy Help Us Getting Cure and Health Benefits of It?


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