The most common digestive problems that people face include heartburn and acid reflux.
If you get these problems occasionally, then there is no problem. But, if you they occur to you on a regular basis, then it may be a warning sign that you’re close to a more chronic condition called GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux diseases).
Along with a burning sensation, Heartburn, sometimes, might be accompanied with low to severe pain in the chest, which is due to several reasons.
And, most people try the over the counter medications such as antacids to get temporary relief, which is not recommended all the time as taking drugs on a regular interval is not at all good for your health.
You can instead opt for natural remedies for acid reflux and heartburn.
Role of Acupressure in Treating Digestive Disorders
Acupressure therapy has been in practice since a very long time and it is very beneficial for promoting good digestion, without which our life becomes worse.
There are some pressure points on our body that when stimulated can help treat wide range of digestive disorders without any medication.
Causes of Acid Reflux and Heartburn
There are number of reasons why a person has been facing the problem of heartburn and acid reflux. Some common causes include –
- Eating lots of spicy/oily foods
- Gulping down large portions of food at once or without chewing properly
- Eating without leaving a gap between two meals
- Eating before going to bed
- Drinking alcoholic beverages, citrus fruit juices, caffeinated drinks etc..
- Less or lack of any physical activity
- GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux diseases)
- Hiatal Hernia
- Using lots of antibiotics, Aspirin, drugs etc…
Acupressure Points to Relieve Acid Reflux, Heartburn & GERD
Following are the most effective pressure points to treat heartburn, acid reflux and GERD naturally without using any antacids or over the counter medicines.
1.Central Venter (CV 12)
Conception Vessel 12 or CV 12 is one of the most powerful acupressure points that helps in treating acid reflux and heartburn quickly.
This point can be found above the naval, halfway between the belly button and base of the breastbone.
On an empty stomach, lie on your back and stimulate this point for 1 to 2 minutes using your hand, starting from breastbone to belly button, while taking deep breaths.
Note: Do not stimulate this point if you’ve any heart diseases, high blood pressure or cancer.
2.Sea of Energy (CV 6)
The Conception Vessel 6 or CV 6 is one of the best pressure points to treat heartburn, abdominal pain, constipation, gas and bloating.
You can find this point just two finger widths below the navel.
Lie on your stomach and stimulate this point along with CV 12 for 1 to 2 minutes for best results.
The Sea of Energy point is also beneficial for women with hernia, uterine bleeding and irregular menstruation.
3.Great Surge (LV 3)
Liver 3 or LV 3 is another useful acupressure remedy for treating gastric acid reflux.
You can find this point on the foot, between the 1st and 2nd toe, at the depression where the two toes meet.
Stimulate this point firmly on both the feet for 1 minute using your fingertips.
Along with digestive disorders, this point also helps in treating headache, chest pain, insomnia, menstrual problems, anxiety, dizziness and irritability.
4.Grandfather Grandson point (SP 4)
Spleen 4 or SP 4 is a beneficial for treating acid reflux and heartburn issues successfully.
You can locate this point on the arch of your foot, 1 thumb width from the ball of the foot towards the heel.
Stimulate this point firmly for 1 to 2 minutes using your thumb or fingertips.
Along with treating GERD, abdominal pain, indigestion and diarrhea, this point is also beneficial for gynecological problems such as cysts, irregular periods, insomnia, heart pain etc…
5.Three Mile Point (ST 36)
Stomach 36 or ST 36 is one of the most popular pressure points for indigestion.
It can be found just 4 finger widths below the kneecap, 1 finger width towards the outside of the shin bone.
Stimulate this point by rubbing with your fingers for 30 seconds to 1 minute on both your legs for best results.
This point is responsible for treating all kinds of gastrointestinal issues, bloating, constipation, PMS symptoms, general weakness and many more…
6.Sea of Vitality (B23 and B47)
Bladder 23 and 47 are like a couple and when stimulated combinely, they’re highly useful for stopping acid reflux and all other digestive disorders effectively.
You can find this point on your lower back, at the waist level, 2 to 4 finger widths away from the spine.
Stimulating both these points at a time for 1 minute helps in relieving from indigestion, stomach or abdominal pain and also treats fatigue and impotence in men.
7.Inner Gate (P6)
Pericardium 6 or P6 is another useful pressure point for heartburn and acid reflux.
You can find this point 2 ½ finger widths below the wrist crease, in the middle of the inner wrist.
Stimulate this point using the thumb finger for 1 minute on each sides help treat GERD, indigestion, nausea, stomach ache, motion sickness, headache and carpal tunnel syndrome.
That’s all friends! Regularly stimulating these acupressure points treat GERD, acid reflux and heartburn naturally without any medication.
However, do not overdo these techniques as it could lead to more severe health issues. Only stimulate them for the recommended time period for best results.