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Happy Thanksgiving: Acupressure for Digestive Upset!

by Heather Fairall, L.Ac.

Happy Thanksgiving friends! 'Tis the season for over-indulgences! I have put together a list of helpful acupuncture points that can be used for digestive problems. Press and hold these points for 1-2 minutes for best effect every 5-10 minutes or until symptoms subside. As always, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Aim for moderation this Holiday Season.  

large intestine 4

  Large Intestine 4: Caution: do not use with pregnancy. For regulating the intestines: diarrhea or constipation, and abdominal pain and bloating. LI4 is also a great acupressure point for headache, neck and jaw pain.  
Location: On the top side of the hand, on the web between thumb and index finger. To locate, squeeze the thumb against the base of the index finger. The point is located on the highest point of the bulge of the muscle, level with the end of the crease.

St 36

  Stomach 36: "Master point for the abdomen": great for gas, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea. St 36 is also a good point for boosting your immune system and combats fatigue.  
Location: On the front of the leg, one hand width (four fingers) below the kneecap, on the outside, in the depression between the shinbone and the leg muscle.

P6

  Pericardium 6: Used for nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, heartburn, and low appetite. P6 is also a great point for calming, and can be helpful for anxiety and insomnia.  
Location: On the middle of the palm-side of the wrist, in the depression between the two tendons, 2 finger widths proximal to the wrist crease.