3 Acupressure Points For Pancreas That Any Diabetic Patient Must Know

Acupuncture and acupressure point for the pancreas is handy when it comes to improving your pancreas health.

In terms of body organs, the pancreas is not as popular as the kidneys, liver, and heart. However, the pancreas and pancreatic glands are crucial for your overall wellbeing. You can't live without a pancreas.

If your pancreas is sick, then you might suffer from:

  • Digestive disorders
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Pancreatitis
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • High and low blood pressure

What's The Role Of The Pancreas?

The pancreas is both an exocrine and an endocrine gland.

Exocrine pancreas

Being an exocrine gland, the pancreas has a series of ducts, valves, and chambers, which allows digestive enzymes to flow into the interior of the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). The enzymes aid in food digestion by breaking down everything you eat (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats) into smaller particles that can be absorbed by the gut wall.

Insufficient production of the enzymes or the absence of the enzymes will disrupt the digestion process.  The three enzymes found in the pancreatic juice and help in digestion include:

  • Lipase: Assists in the metabolism of fat.
  • Pancreatic amylase: Assists in the metabolism of carbohydrates.
  • Chymotrypsinogen and Trypsinogen: Assist in the digestion of protein.

Endocrine pancreas

Being an endocrine gland, the pancreas produces special blood hormones that go into your blood system. Insulin is one of the most common hormones.  Anyone who has diabetes knows how vital insulin is.

Other hormones include glucagon and somatostatin. Glucagon raises blood glucose levels while somatostatin slows down the secretion of insulin and glucagon.

Function of insulin

Insulin helps in the metabolism of foods, particularly carbohydrates. It plays an important role in the reduction of blood glucose levels via the following actions.

  • It promotes the entry of glucose into the cells of the body, except the RBCs, Liver, and Brain.
  • After a heavy carbohydrate meal, glucose gets absorbed into the blood, stimulating the production of insulin. As a result, insulin causes rapid uptake, storage, and use of glucose by nearly all tissues in the body, particularly the muscles, liver, and adipose tissues, therefore reducing glucose level.
  • Insulin also triggers glycogenesis, the conversion of glucose to glycogen for storage in the muscles and liver, resulting in reduced sugar levels.
  • If you don't exercise your muscle once you've taken a meal, glucose transported to the muscle will get stored in the form of muscle glycogen rather than being used by the muscles.

Since we've known the functions of insulin, it won't hurt to talk a little about the functions of glucagon.

Functions of Glucagon

Glucagon is an anti-insulin hormone and raises blood sugar levels. It achieves its function via the following mechanisms:

  • It enhances glycogenosis, where the liver converts glycogen into glucose and releases it into the bloodstream. As a result, you experience raised glucose levels.
  • It triggers gluconeogenesis, which is the formation of glucose from other sources other than carbohydrates. This results in increased blood sugar levels.

Insulin and glucagon act together to stabilize blood sugar levels and carbohydrate metabolism.

Acupressure Points For Pancreases

Acupuncture involves treating the body using sterile needles, which get inserted through the skin at various points in the body to stimulate certain areas.  This stimulation is believed to increase and boost the body's natural painkiller to relieve discomfort.

Acupressure is the same technique as acupuncture, only that it doesn't involve needles. This technique is based on the concept of Qi, which flows via "meridians" in the body. Specific meridian points can be stimulated to treat unhealthy pancreases and to alleviate the symptoms of diabetes.

Acupressure point for the pancreas include:

Acupoint: Liv-3 (Other Names: Liver-3/Tai Chong/Supreme Rush)

When your pancreas fails to function properly, you'll experience bloating, indigestion, fatigue, and vomiting.  Stimulation of the third liver meridian will induce pancreases and liver detoxification and increase insulin levels in people suffering from diabetes.

This pressure point for the pancreas is located on the foot, above where the big toe and the next toe joint. Apply pressure to the point in repeated sessions by tapping it with your fingertips or making small clockwise or anticlockwise rotations.

Other uses of Liv-3: Reduce upper back pain

Acupoint: ST-36 (Other Names: Stomach-36/Zu San Li/Leg Three Miles)

ZusanliPressure point 36 on the stomach meridian can be found on the lateral side of your leg just below the kneecap.  Zu San Li is the most commonly used acupressure points since it's believed stimulating this point could treat all diseases.

This point helps in solving issues involving the stomach, pancreases, and spleen.  It improves digestion and eases digestive disturbances such as bloating, nausea, vomiting, and constipation.

The point also helps in normalizing blood glucose levels naturally without side effects,  strengthen Qi, and even improve physical and mental health.

Other uses of ST-36: Immediate gas relief

Acupoint: SP-6 (Other Names: Spleen-6/San Yin Jiao/Three Intersection)

SanyinjiaoThe pressure point Spleen-6 is one of the most versatile and commonly used points.  It's used to treat a wide range of conditions.

It's situated above the ankle on the backside of the shinbone. SP-6 is the crossroads of three meridians- the liver, the spleen, and the kidney-  that's why it's a powerful point.

Stimulation of this point promotes good circulation of blood and Qi throughout your body. It's believed to harmonize the liver, strengthen the kidney, manage gynecological problems, vitalizes the urinary system, and ease the Shen-spirit.

Other uses of SP-6: Improve our immune system

Take Away

Acupuncture and Acupressure may be a great way to improve pancreas health and stimulate insulin production without experiencing side effects. However, it's wise to consult your doctor before beginning any new treatment.

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