The most convenient way to relieve constipation is to set aside 10 minutes and let your fingers work on certain points of the body.
Twice a day until you get relief. For chronic constipation you may have to work on the points for several weeks.
How to Work With My Fingers?
1. Tap on an acupressure point to stimulate the muscles in that area with your fingers or a loosely balled fist.
2. Apply pressure with thumbs, fingers, knuckles and palm.
3. You can opt for pressing, pinching, a slow circular massage or a hard rubbing motion, depending on the desired physical response.
4. Try the different methods mentioned and see which one/s works best for you.
How Long Do I Apply Pressure on a Point?
30 seconds to 60 seconds.
Is This Supposed to be Painful?
Hey, we are poking flesh and blood. Pain is felt in areas around an acupressure points. You need to exert enough pressure to feel pain to make acupressure effective. However, you should never experience EXCESSIVE pain from this procedure.
What are the Do's?
Stay calm and relaxed. Wear loose clothing. How to relax with tight jeans or tie around the neck? LOL.
Certain acupressure points are not recommended for people with high or low pressure. Professionals should be consulted in these cases. Avoid areas of scar tissue, blisters, boils, rashes, or varicose veins. No acupressure within 20 minutes after exercise, heavy meal and bathe. Not as the only method to combat constipation and not for medical emergencies.
How to Locate the Acupressure Points?
Read on about acupressure points to relieve constipation on your arms, trunk and legs. If you can kindly contribute more points that I failed to locate for the sake of constipated humanity, buzz me through this form. You will be credited as the contributor.
What do you expect from D.Y.I.? ( Sigh ). Unless you pay $30-$70 an hour for a professional acupressure session, that's a different story.
Skeptical because this cannot be explained by Western medical science?
A note of interest, though : A well known orthopedic surgeon when researching the potential of electro medicine, noted that traditional acupressure meridians and points contained amounts of electromagnetic energy that non-acupressure points did not.
By the way, don't get traditional acupressure mixed up with Tapas acupressure technique, a healing program to release emotional and negative energy blockages. Tapas technique evolved from the traditional acupressure, does not emphasize on physical contact, is not the subject of discussion here.
Acupressure is based on the principles of acupuncture. The latter, I believe does not need much introduction. James Reston filed a report for the New York Times entitled "Now, about my operation in Peking" in which he highlighted how acupuncture relieved his post operation pain and discomfort. Incidentally, in the same report, Mr Reston also mentioned the effect of acupuncture on post operation constipation was observed on a fluoroscope where the needles inserted on limbs produced movements in the intestines.
Generally, Traditional Chinese Medicine physicians can effectively get the bowels working by recommending acupuncture. If you wish to enjoy the benefit but would rather stay away from needles, then the next best option is acupressure to relieve constipation.