Dysphagia and Acupressure

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Dyspahgia is a difficulty in swallowing that can happen for a variety of reasons. Learn how to use acupressure to ease dysphagia with the help of an acupuncture physician in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist. Today, we will be discussing acupressure for dysphagia, or difficulty in swallowing. Now this can happen from a variety of different reasons. It could be post stroke, perhaps the digestion area of the brain was compromised during this, or it could be a reaction to pharmaceutical medication or even a reaction to a trauma, something as stemming as early as childhood. So I'm going to show you a point today, stomach 36, which has an auto regulating effect on the body and has actually been used in some recent acupuncture studies for post stroke patients. To find this point it's about one hand breadth below the outer eye of the knee, so you've got these two little divots in the knee. So I like to line up my hand with the outer one and place my finger here and then I come up the stomach channel just on the side of the tibia until my finger falls into a divot. Now you need to use moderate to firm pressure on this point for about 30 to 60 seconds at a time, give it a rest, and then repeat. This point is of course found on both legs so it doesn't make a difference as to which leg you want to use, typically the left leg has an up bearing action and the right leg has a down bearing action, so perhaps if it's difficulty in swallowing, you might favor the right leg. Again, it's very important to understand where the dysphagia is coming from in order to accurately treat it, so if you haven't already, I encourage you to visit your local acupuncturist and you can find one on acufinder.com. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for dysphagia.

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