Acupressure for Bloating: 10 Acupressure Points For Immediate Gas Relief

Did you dig in a nice family meal with such a ferocity that your stomach is now akin to that of a pregnant woman?

Or is it that you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and bloating occurs with such frequency that it’s almost become a part of who you are?

Rest assured, I won’t tell you to buy a bottle of kefir to gulp down nor an over the counter med.

All you’ll need to do is press down certain areas in your body. Your bloating will get cured and kept at bay.

Read more to find out!

Overview

Acupressure, like acupuncture, is based on the traditional Chinese belief that your body sustains vital energy, also known as ‘qi’.

‘Qi’ flows in specific meridians. When these meridians suffer from blockages or general disordering, ‘qi’ flow is hindered, resulting in a variety of ailments.

It has been long recognized by Chinese medicine that a healthy stomach is the key to a healthy lifestyle.

Zhang Jie Bin; a physicist from the Ming Dynasty is quoted to have said: “Stomach ‘Qi’ is the nourishment of life itself, if the stomach is strong, life will be healthy. If the stomach is weak, life will be unhealthy.” He also said, “The doctor who wants to nourish life has to tonify Stomach and Spleen.”

You can read more about Zhang Jie Bin and many other topics in ‘The Foundations of Chinese Medicine’.

It’s well-known that acupuncture has wondrous effects in treating indigestion and bloating, but what if I were to tell you that you can achieve the same results without the prickling of needles, at the comfort of your house?

You will, through acupressure.

It targets the exact same pressure points as acupuncture which regulate your stomach’s health. All you’ll need to do is to apply pressure on these points without breaking your skin nor booking a costly session with an acupuncturist.

Acupressure Points for Bloating

Below, we’ll mention some of the pressure points used to cure bloating and rejuvenate your stomach and spleen function.

In The Abdomen

In the abdominal region alone, there are numerous acupressure points. These are the easiest to find.

ST-25 Point

To locate this point, place 3 fingers parallel to and alongside the center of your belly button. The pressure point is exactly 3 digits away at the edge of your last finger.

This point alleviates constipation, diarrhea, and general intestinal disorders. Also, by stimulating this point, you can relieve menstrual irregularities as it rejuvenates abdominal blood circulation.

‘Sea of Energy’ Point

Place your first 2 fingers below your belly button. The point is located exactly below your second farthest finger away from your belly button.

This point is such a beast, not only is it one of the most efficient points for alleviating bloating and gas, but it also kicks up the performance of your immune system and can aid in treating sexual disorders.

‘Center of Power’ Point

The ‘Center of Power’ point is located by placing 4 fingers above your belly button. The pressure point is located on top of them. It should be in line with your belly button.

This point treats indigestion and reduces bloating and gas build-up.

 

In Legs and Feet

For the legs and feet region, we’ll list three points:

ST-36 Point

Put 4 digits beneath your knee-cap, the point is a finger’s width away, outside the shin bone.

This point is also called ‘Three Miles Point’, as it energizes the person so much that they’re to walk an extra 3 miles even if they’re exhausted. It generally treats indigestion.

Kidney 2 Point

Trace the arch on the inner side of your foot till you reach its exact middle point.

This point is also called ‘Blazing Valley’.

Although this point is that of the kidney’s meridian, it’s found to be really helpful in alleviating constipation and reducing gas accumulation.

‘Three Yin Crossing’ Point

Start by putting 3 fingers above your inner ankle bone. The point is directly above the third farthest finger.

This point aids in the treatment of flatulence, colitis, as well as abdominal distension.

 

In Hands

Moving on to the hand region, we’ll be mentioning 2 points:

‘Inner Gate’ Point

This ‘Inner Gate’ point can be located 3 fingers below your hand on your wrist.

Large Intestine 4 Point

It’s located in the back of the fleshy area connecting your thumb and pointer finger.

The ‘Large Intestine 4’ point is also known as ‘Union Valley’.

It’s a critical point for those who have IBS, as IBS sufferers have impaired colons that are a crucial part of their large intestines. Applying pressure on this point regularly will lessen the symptoms of your ailment.

In the Waist

Finally, the ‘Sea of Vitality’ in the waist region:

‘Sea of Vitality’ Point

‘Sea of Vitality’ is 2 fingers away from the spine (either side is fine). It’s a great aid in managing acid reflux and other digestive issues. It also abates stomach pain.

 

Ear Acupressure Points for Bloating

The ear is a microsystem containing pressure points that correspond to all your body parts.

Knowing this, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to find a wide array of pressure points including those that cure many abdominal issues as well as aid in weight loss.

As the ear is a small organ with equally smaller pressure points, it'd be more efficient to apply acupressure by using seed kits like this vacaria plant seed kit instead of your hands.

Absolutely love the kit! I'm practicing practically on everyone in the family. 🙂

I had stomach pain and I asked my husband to find the acupuncture points on my ear and my pain is gone. I'm terrified of needles so for me this is an amazing substitution. Thank you

~ from Nurse Mom

 Ear Pressure Point

To locate this point, find the soft bone at the center of your ear. The pressure point is exactly where the soft bone ends within the concha area.

Treatment in this point aids in curing many illnesses like stomach ulcers, gastritis, indigestion as well as spells of nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps.

The Takeaway

While these pressure points are your body’s natural way of aiding you in the treatment of its own ailments, you should always lead a healthy lifestyle to be able to fully reap the benefits of acupressure procedures, and prevent the re-emergence of said ailments.

Follow proper guidance to prevent bloating spells and also to avoid triggering IBS symptoms.

Even if you don’t actually suffer from significant issues, acupressure is still a great way to maintain your health, with no hassle whatsoever!

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