Acupressure for IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Massage Monday #400)

I have received several requests for acupressure for IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I’m going to show you the ones on the hands that you can access easily in a pinch.

When you have an acute abdominal ache, stimulate these for one minute on each hand.

胃・脾・大腸区 (Stomach, Spleen, Large intestine area) – The first one is the area along the life line of your palm on the thumb side. This area is referred to as stomach, spleen and large intestine area. Stimulate this area with a hooked thumb or index joint.

商陽 (LI 1) – The next one is on your index finger next to the nail base on the thumb side. This is called Large Intestine 1 or LI 1. Stimulate this point with the tip of your thumb. Or, if you can’t remember which side of the nail base, simply pinch the nail base of the index finger on both sides. This makes it easy to remember.

I will include the links for the acupressure points specific to Acupressure for diarrhea and Acupressure for Constipation.

My understanding is that IBS often comes from stress. For stress, I recommend meditation. I have been practicing meditation on a regular basis for over 2 years now and it has helped me a lot. So as you stimulate these points, why not combine a little meditation too by taking deep breaths and focusing on just “Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, and breathe out.” I know it’s easier said than done when your mind is super busy but it doesn’t hurt and it’s worth a try.

Also if you are too stressed out, a good point to relax is also on your palm

老宮 (P8) – Make a loose fist and it’s where the middle finger touches the palm. This is called Pericardium 8 or P8. Press this point with a hooked thumb or index finger joint as you breathe deeply.

I hope this is helpful.

Massage Monday #400 – Acupressure for IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome http://bit.ly/mm-400

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