If you’ve been experiencing digestion issues recently, one often forgotten but effective technique is the use of acupuncture points. These can help realign your body’s natural system without relying on medications and other forms of treatments, which can sometimes lead to more issues. And you don’t have to search for “acupuncture near me” to get results, either, as these are points you can find on your own body and apply pressure. Here in Orlando, Florida, Winter Park Chiropractic knows how important your overall health is, including digestion. There are oftentimes many forms of treatments, such as acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments, that can safely and naturally alleviate many of your symptoms. Read on to find out more about four points you can try right now.

 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of ancient Chinese medicine, where they believe the body contains over 2,000 acupuncture points connected through pathways or meridians. These pathways create an energy flow through the human body which is connected to overall health, and thus disruption in these pathways create disease and illnesses. It is the practice of penetrating the skin with thin, solid metallic needles which are activated through gentle and specific movements from the practitioner’s hands, or through the use of electrical stimulation. The needles are inserted to a point that produces a sensation of pressure or ache, and some people do report feeling minimal pain as the needle is inserted. Acupuncture will make some people feel relaxed or energized, but should not cause larger amounts of pain during treatment. Be sure to talk to your doctor first before seeking acupuncture treatments, and ensure you only go to a qualified and trained acupuncture practitioner, rather than searching for “acupuncture near me” and pick the first selection seen.  

 

Acupuncture Points

Treating a myriad array of ailments and diseases, acupuncture can relieve some symptoms of digestive issues, such as gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hepatitis and hemorrhoids. Points that bring the digestive system back to balance can be found all over the body, but some of the favorite points for improving digestion is: LI-4, Ren 12, ST36, and Sp-6. Many of these points influence the stomach, intestine and other abdominal organs, with acupressure along these channels relieving bloating, indigestion, acid reflux, pain, constipation and discomfort. If you are ready to try acupressure for your digestive issues, feel for a tender spot or a place where your finger seems to dip slightly to locate a point. Apply gentle pressure and massage each point for thirty seconds while breathing deeply into your belly. You can press the point on each side of your body to feel which one is more sensitive or tender, and if there is a difference, spend some extra time on the tender side. Continue with this acupressure treatment until you can feel the flow of the energy moving and the bloating or pain dissipates. 

 

Specific Points

The large intestine 4 (LI-4) point is located in the webbing between the thumb and index finger, and can aid in constipation, improve overall intestinal function and ease abdominal pain, as well as headaches and hangovers. Ren-12 is found at the center of the abdomen and will help relieve indigestion, fullness from overeating, gas, reflux and bloating. Stomach 36 (ST36) is located on the outer edge of the leg, about three fingers width below the knee, and is a powerful point for treating any kind of digestive issue, including gas, pain and nausea. Spleen 6 (Sp-6) is located three fingers width above the ankle bone that can relieve indigestion, bloating, heaviness and pain in the lower abdominal organs. These points can help you gain a better understanding of your body’s inner workings while also relieving many different digestive issues you may face throughout the coming year. 

 

Contact Us

Want to learn more about acupuncture points and it’s overall benefits to your body and overall health? Winter Park Chiropractic in Orlando can assist you through whatever ailments you may be feeling, whether it be back pain, asthma, joint pain, high blood pressure and more. Don’t just search for “acupuncture near me”, call us today!

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