It is said that the basis for health is good sleep, good appetite, and regular bowel movements. If you are having difficulty defecating, sleep and appetite could be affected. Don’t let your functional constipation rob you of life’s joys.
Functional constipation, known as primary constipation, occurs when your body’s waste disposal system isn’t working as it should. Recent studies have found that long-term primary constipation may advance the aging process and become an underlying triggering factor for Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer, etc.
Acupuncture is the safest and most effective natural remedy for functional constipation. NOt everyone who has functional constipation is able to have regular acupuncture treatments weekly. We advise them to try acupressure for constipation through self-healing.
Acupuncture and Acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture uses needles while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands. Acupressure works on different meridians in our body to regular energy pathways by stimulating specific acupressure points frequently for constipation.
We can stimulate the following three acupressure points on the body to treat constipation. The patient only needs to do it twice daily, in the morning and in the evening. Spend fifteen or thirty minutes stimulating these points to relieve and prevent constipation and get a healthy body!
1. Shenque- Acupressure Point CV8
Location: in the center of the belly button.
How to press: The right palm is stacked on the back of the left palm, the left palm is pasted in the Shenque. Start pressing and rubbing the navel (Shenque) clockwise 120 times and counterclockwise 120 times.
2. Zhongwan- Acupressure Point CV12
Location: midway between the belly button and the bottom of the breastbone
How to press: Apply gentle pressure with your thumb on Zhongwan, using the middle finger with your index and ring fingers on either side as support. Massage and press for five minutes.
3. Tianshu- Acupressure Point ST25
Location: Tianshu (ST25) about 3 finger width from the belly button (patient’s own finger).
How to press: Applying gentle pressure with your thumb on Tianshu on each side, using the middle finger with your index and ring fingers on either side as support. Massage and press for ten minutes.
The above three acupressure points normally need to work together to promote gastrointestinal motility and fix functional constipation.
How to administer acupressure? A general guideline is that the pressure should use deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate each point. The more developed the muscles are, the more pressure you should apply. When massaging points, close your eyes and breathe deeply, trying to relax in a comfortable position. There is no limit to the number of times a day for acupressure. Besides massaging and pressing these points on yourself, family members can also help massage these points for you. Self-administered acupressure is not recommended for pregnant women.
We suggest practicing acupressure for functional constipation every day. Each time you manipulate the pressure points, you self-heal your constipation.
The fundamental way to prevent constipation is to change your lifestyle. Eat less meat and more foods rich in dietary fiber. Appropriate exercise and stress management are also recommended to prevent constipation.
Ruonan Zhang, MD (China), L.Ac.