Acupressure Points for Abdominal Pain

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Pain in the abdominal region can be relieved and lessened through the careful application of acupressure. Learn about acupressure points for abdominal pain with help from a doctor of Oriental medicine in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, Acupuncture Physician and Clinical Herbalist. Today, we will be discussing acupressure for abdominal pain. Now, it's really important to have a clear idea of where your pain is coming from. Abdominal pain can be a sign of serious medical conditions. Everything from gallstones to ectopic pregnancies to appendicitis to kidney stones. So, knowing where your pain is actually occurring is really important for your acupuncture physician, or any physician for that matter, to make an accurate diagnosis. And a lot of times, the stomach is actually divided into quadrants. So, alongside the, the belly button, under and above, and then right and left. But, I'm going to give you just a, a Xi cleft point on the stomach meridian today, and Xi cleft points are clinically significant because they actually stop pain. So, if this helps, great; if it doesn't, then you need to seek immediate medical attention. Stomach 34 is located the distance of your patella. So, you're going to measure the bone on the knee with your hands, and you're going to come to the outside of the, the lateral side of the patella, and then slide your hands up. Where your thumb lands in line with the outside of the patella, one patella distance up is stomach 34. This point you need to use moderate to firm pressure with, because most of us have pretty developed quads. So, to really get in there and make a difference, you need to use firm pressure. So, if this helps your abdominal pain, great; do it every couple of minutes until the pain subsides. If not, I encourage you to seek medical attention, especially if this is something that is chronic or so acute that it's taking your breath away, or causing you to projectile vomit and sweats. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for abdominal pain.

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