Constipation causes much discomfort and irritability by hindering the normal bodily functions of food assimilation and excretion. Acupressure is a form of holistic approach towards healing and involves stimulating different points located at various places throughout the body. Acupressure is found to be an effective method for treating constipation, providing instant yet long-term relief. Five points spread across the body are linked to the digestive system and stimulating these points for a measured period of time, regularly, has profound benefits for even the chronically constipated. These points are located on the palms, legs, elbows, below the knees and below the belly button.
The point on the palms
This point is located at the mount created when the thumb and the index finger are joined together on both the palms. It should be stimulated using slow circular movements of the thumb and the index finger for 30 seconds, 3 to 4 times, twice a day. The point can also be stimulated by gentle tapping of the point, or with the knuckles. Stimulating this point causes contractions of the walls of the stomach thus facilitating bowel movement. Continuous stimulation of this point has a long term benefit for constipated individuals. Pregnant women are strictly advised to refrain from stimulating this point as it causes contractions increasing the chances of an early labor. For such cases, it is recommended that the advice of the consulting gynecologist is sought for alternative options to relieve constipation.
The point on the legs, above the ankle bone
This point is located on the inner side of both the legs just above the ankle bone. The point should be stimulated using circular motions of the thumb and index finger, with the help of knuckles or by gentle tapping motions. The stimulation should be limited to 10 to 15 seconds 3 to 4 times, twice a day for optimum results. On pressing this point, the digestive system is stimulated and performs its functions in a better way. Thus, providing long term benefits for those constipated. The stimulation of this point on the legs has also proved to be helpful to those suffering from chronic constipation. Pregnant women should, however, refrain from stimulating this point for relief from constipation as it can have adverse effects. Consulting a gynecologist for alternative options to relieve constipation is recommended.
The point on the legs, below the knees
This point is situated one inch below the knees, on the outer side of the shin bone. To check whether you have located the point check by lifting your legs, if the muscles on the point flex when the leg is raised, then you have found the accurate point. The point should be stimulated using circular motions of the thumb and index finger, with the help of knuckles or by gentle tapping motions. The point should be stimulated for approximately 10 to 15 seconds 3 to 4 times, twice a day to benefit from this procedure. The stimulation of this point aids digestion and relieves constipation, however, the effects are felt only after continuous and regular practice. When followed regularly over a period of time, the stimulation of this point effectively cures constipation. Pregnant women should seek the advice of their consulting gynecologists for alternates to cure constipation.
The point on the elbows
This point is situated on both the elbows, at the end of the crease that is formed when the hand is bent such that it is perpendicular to the ground. This point should be stimulated using circular motions of the thumb and index finger, which has been found to be most effective in stimulating this point. However, it can also be stimulated with the help of knuckles or by gentle tapping motions. The point should be stimulated for approximately 20 to 30 seconds 3 to 4 times, twice a day to reap maximum benefits of this procedure. The stimulation of this point helps the stomach to contract, a mechanism necessary for effective digestion and waste removal process. When this point is stimulated, it immediately relieves constipation. When followed regularly over a period of time, the stimulation of this point on the elbows cures constipation altogether. Pregnant women should seek alternative therapies to cure constipation as the applying of acupressure on certain points can lead to untimely contractions, and can cause harm to the unborn fetus.
The point below the belly-button
This point is situated two inches below the belly button and is considered one of the most vital points to be stimulated for those seeking relief from constipation. The stimulation of this point, however, is different from those of the other points. This point should be stimulated using the index, middle and ring finger, by applying pressure only till a tightness is felt near the point. The pressure should be maintained for 30 seconds. The pressure can either be applied through constant pressing or by circular motions with light pressure on the point. The stimulation of this point has profound effects on the overall functioning of the digestive system. It relieves abdominal cramps, relieves constipation and even reduces flatulence. Pregnant ladies are advised against stimulation of this point.