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Hand Acupressure for constipation, part 1

Okay, did anyone ever miss the hand acupressure therapy? I do. Because this natural healing method has no side effects, and very convenient.

Constipation is usually caused by the weakening function/movements of stomach and intestines. So even if we go to take a deuce once every two days, as long as the feces looks normal, it's not constipation. On the contrary, even if we go every day, but the feces are dry and hardened, it's still one kind of constipation.

Other than disease factors, people who don't do enough exercise or busy people who like to skip breakfast have higher opportunities getting constipation. So it's actually kind of related to habits as well. People who suffer from constipation may also increase the risk of over-weight, high blood pressure and liver disease.

This post will show the acupoint (or acupressure point) for healing constipation. It's located between the root of the index finger and the root of middle finger, on the index finger bone. (see diagram)

acupoint

As for how to stimulate this acupressure point, we can go sit on the toilet 10-30 minutes after breakfast. Then we slowly but firmly massage that acupoint with the index finger of the other hand. (See second diagram below) Unless it's a very serious constipation, usually that helps. Timing is quite important, usually that acupoint is most effective the first hour  when we get up in the morning. Of course, people who have constipation should control their intake of meat, and eat more vegetable with fibers instead.

acupressure

This time we talked about a particular acupressure point. Next post we'll continue to talk about reflexive area for constipation as well.