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Stimulating Acupressure “Poop Points” To Help Treat Constipation

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Some housewives have learned that applying pressure to acupressure point three finger widths below the umbilicus can induce an immediate urge to defecate sometimes within just ten minutes. Actually, there are a number of acupressure “poop points” on various parts of the body. Some are located on the legs, back, around the umbilicus and on the arms. Hence, it is up to the person to find where their “poop points” are located and stimulate them to relieve constipation.

Western medical science cannot fully explain how acupressure works and this has caused some skeptics to declare it as a type of pseudoscience despite the fact that there is incontrovertible proof of the effects of this therapy on neuro-imaging. For instance, when a famous orthopedic surgeon studied the possible effects of electro medicine, he observed that traditional acupressure points and meridians possessed quantities of electromagnetic energy that non-acupressure points didn’t have.

New York Times writer James Reston wrote an article entitled “Now, about my operation in Peking” in which he mentioned his post surgery constipation and how the effect of acupuncture was observed on a fluoroscope wherein the needles stuck on limbs generated movements in the intestines.

There have been hundreds of researches done on the effectiveness of acupressure and acupuncture and more work is being done by the day.

If one doubts acupressure, then he also doubts acupuncture as both therapies work on the same principles, the only difference is one makes of use of the hands while the other uses needles.

Be that as it may, both acupressure and acupuncture have been preferred by a lot of people especially the poor in East Asia as a way to treat and relieve a variety of illnesses. Acupuncturists and Chinese physicians often recommend acupressure as a part of the treatment process of their patents.

Acupressure can be an alternative to sleep inducing laxatives for people who can manage their constipation at home. Acupressure is not only soothing and relaxing it also increases one’s emotional and physical well- being.

You can apply acupressure therapy on yourself if you know how to do it properly. This technique is very easy to learn, and you can perform it anywhere and anytime. Besides the navel “poop point” mentioned at the beginning of this article, you can also induce bowel movement by working on the point at the outer edge in the bent arm’s crease. The length and frequency will depend on the severity of the constipation. If you can afford to pay, an acupressure therapist can perform the treatment on you. It may be combined with moxibustion in which the pressure points are warmed with a burning stick of moxa plant.

Acupressure is not recommended for pregnant women or for people with low or high blood pressure. It should not be performed on parts of the skin where there are blisters or an open wound.

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.</blockquote>

Written by Valerie

October 3rd, 2017 at 4:00 am

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