Acupressure Points for Digestion

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The Stomach 36 acupressure point, also known as "Leg Three Mile," can stimulate energy flow in the digestive system to improve digestion and relieve digestive upset. Apply pressure to your digestive problems with the help of this free video on basic acupressure techniques.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist. Today, we will be discussing acupressure for digestion. Now, local points in the abdomen are the obvious choice to help increase digestion and elimination capacity. But I'm going to show you a famous point today on the leg, stomach 36, or leg three mile as it was called. And this point actually helps to increase the amount of chi in the digestive system so the amount of energy is there. And it's very self regulating. So, this point is located below the outside eye of the knee. So, if you look at the knee there's actually two little eyes that we refer to as calf's nose sometimes. So, stomach 36 is under the lateral eye and it's about one hand breadth down. And it's right where the tibia begins to curve. So, I measure that, and come down, and come up. My finger almost always falls into the little divot here. And sometimes it will be a little sensitive if you are experiencing acute digestive upset. So, using firm pressure on this for about a minute, giving it a break and then returning. And of course using both legs is important. There are many different ways to increase your digestive capabilities. I encourage you to seek out your local acupuncture physician to find out which ones are right for you. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for digestion.


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