Menopause is a time of many physical changes within the body. It can be exhausting to constantly feel at war with the symptoms of menopause, and some of its effects can alter your daily life. Many menopausal women experience digestion issues as their hormone levels fluctuate and alter body functions. A change in digestive abilities can be devastating in some cases, and it is difficult to treat an unwell stomach with medication. My ideal solution during this period of my life was acupressure points for good digestion during menopause.
These points are easily accessible at all times of the day and in any situation, making them an ideal form of treatment that doesn’t interrupt your daily life. After regularly activating these points, I found my digestion to normalize during menopause, and I had absolutely no side effects. If you are looking to naturally treat your menopause symptoms, then acupressure and acupuncture treatment are wonderful places to start!
How Do Acupressure Points Aid Digestion During Menopause?
Traditional Chinese medicine has persevered and found its way into western medicine as a result of its effectiveness. Acupuncture and acupressure are two of the most common forms of Chinese medicine practiced today, and they are used to treat everything from weight gain to disease. Acupressure has shown promising results as a treatment for improving digestion in relation to various conditions. This treatment doesn’t just aid in digestion. And it has also been found to reduce bloating, gas, and many of the other discomforts related to poor digestion.
Aside from acupuncture treatment being a form of Chinese medicine that aids with poor digestion in a general sense, it also works more specific wonders for menopausal women. Menopause is a physical condition with many symptoms, including hot flashes, blood pressure changes, and more. This condition is completely dependant on internal hormonal changes that are linked to poor digestion, but studies have shown that acupuncture treatment can balance the bodies of menopausal women. These results make acupressure a double-edged sword for treating menopause-related symptoms and the underlying cause.
Acupoint: KI-3 (Other Names: Kidney-3/Tai Xi/Supreme Stream)
This kidney channel point is known for balancing vital energy within the body. While this may make KI-3 perfect acupressure for shaky hands, it also makes it effective at balancing the body’s blood pressure and hormone flows, both of which can be unbalanced from menopause. As these systems regain balance, weight gain reduces, and digestion returns to its normal functions.
This point is located between the ankle bone and the tendon at the back of the leg. You will feel a depression of thin skin in this area, and while you can apply pressure from both sides, you will want to focus on applying pressure for intervals of a few seconds at a time on the inner side of the ankle.
Acupoint: SP-6 (Other Names: Spleen-6/San Yin Jiao/Three Yin Intersection)
It turns out that pressure points to increase blood circulation in the feet are also great pressure points to create balance within the body, especially when you are talking about SP-6. This acupressure point effectively balances blood pressure, and with it comes balanced and well-distributed hormones. Together these factors help the digestive tract run smoothly.
SP-6 exists directly above the protruding bone of the ankle. Specifically, it is four finger-widths above the ankle and on the inside of the leg. You will want to apply intermittent firm pressure to this point until you feel some warmth in the area.
Acupoint: Liv-3 (Other Names: Liver-3/Tai Chong/Supreme Rush)
A poorly functioning digestive tract can present in more ways than stomach upset. Emotional and physical strain can result throughout the body, which is why acupressure points for calming the nervous system also work well for treating menopausal women with digestive trouble.
This liver point is located on the foot, and it falls between the big toe and second toe. You will need to trace the bones of each toe up the foot to the point where they converge. Apply firm and careful pressure to the indentation created right before the joining point of the bones.
Acupoint: PC-6 (Other Names: Pericardium-6/Nei Guan/Inner Pass)
PC-6 is a great point for those who are experiencing chest tightness, abdominal tension, and abnormal amounts of stress. This point has a calming effect on the body that is caused by a balance in the flow of vital energy throughout the body. It is so effective at relieving the discomfort that it is often included in acupressure points for back pain in the hands.
You can quickly locate this point in times of discomfort by pointing your palm upwards and measuring three finger widths up the center of your arm. You will feel a slight indent between tendons at this point, and you should apply firm pressure here.
Acupoint: ST-40 (Other Names: Stomach-40/Feng Long/Abundant Bulge)
For people experiencing weight gain during menopause, it is important to balance the body’s fluids and prevent any form of stagnation. This stomach channel point is useful as an acupressure point in the leg that can expel any toxic or stagnant energy. When you activate this point regularly, you should experience a noticeable reduction in weight gain and less digestive difficulty.
ST-40 is located on the outer portion of the calf muscle and three-finger widths away from the shin bone. This point falls halfway between the bottom of the kneecap and the protrusion of the ankle. You can measure this distance from either point using the length from your pinky to your thumb on one hand.
Acupoint: SP-9 (Other Names: Spleen-9/Yin Ling Quan/Yin Mound Spring)
SP-9 is popular when it comes to acupressure points in the leg because of its many applications. This simple point can minimize bloating, help heal the stomach, and rebalance the body’s natural systems through its influence on the stomach.
This spleen channel point falls on the inside of the leg, right below the knee. You will feel a protrusion of the tibia in this area, and you should be able to trace its curve as you trace it towards the inside of your leg. Apply pressure towards the top of this curve, close to the bone, for a few seconds at a time.