All of our earthly bodies are made up of meridians; our energetic channels, or “energy highways,” as some may say. They direct our flow of chi throughout our bodies, to every organ and outward, influencing our health, wellness, state of mind, and how we come off to others. So much of modern daily life can throw off this complex system, directing our chi in an unideal way, or causing blockages.
Acupuncture is an ideal method of literally tapping into these energetic highways and redirecting the flow of chi, or our balance of yin (the soft, slow, feminine) and yang (the high energy, masculine) from the inside out.
However, we realize that trips to the acupuncturist isn’t always a reality for everyone, whether that is access, finances, health insurance reasons, or simply just the frequency in which some need it over others. That’s why we want to share our top, simple DIY acupressure points to assist with digestion and metabolism that we can all do at home.
This point is the easiest and most accessible acupressure point that we can do anytime, anywhere. It’s located in the webbed area between the index finger and the thumb. By pinching this area between our thumb and index finger of the opposite hand with medium pressure (not hard enough to hurt, just enough to stimulate the channel) we can alleviate constipation, diarrhea, and stomach pains. It’s an excellent point for all-around digestive function.
Find this point halfway between the breast bone and the belly button, at the midline of the body. Stimulating this point helps in relieving heartburn, indigestion and abdominal pain.
To assist with ulcers, enteritis, nausea, gas, and bloating, find this point on the outer edge of the leg, three fingers width below the knee.
This point can be found at the top of the elbow crease, at the edge of the joint. Stimulating this point helps to relieve diarrhea, constipation, and other abdominal pains.
Three fingers width above the wrist crease and in the middle of the arm on the palm side of the hand, this point helps with stomach aches, indigestion, vomiting, and even anxiety. A lot of digestive duress stems from anxiety, everything is connected.
This point can be found on the inner side of the foot, four-fingers width away from the big toe. Stimulating this point brings a balance of energy flow to the stomach and helps to alleviate indigestion, stomachache, and nausea.
Because Yin is our feminine energy, this point is very soothing. Find it three-finger widths above the inner ankle bone. Pressing on this point can help facilitate the healing of diseases related to the lower abdomen. It relieves colitis, abdominal distention, excess gas, and digestive duress associated with the menstrual cycle. Some claim it can even help with cramps.