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9 Best Acupressure Points to Treat Digestive Problems

by Devi Gajendran

Our modern eating habits and increasing dependence on packed and ready to eat meals has led not only to increased risk of heart diseases, obesity, and diabetes, but has also disrupted our digestive system causing several problems like indigestion, gas, constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), heartburn, sour stomach, and diarrhea. One of the best ways to treat all these issues is changing the eating pattern for good. Additionally, you may apply acupressure points for indigestion to treat an upset digestive system.

Acupressure Points to Treat Digestive Problems

Before discussing Acupressure Therapy to treat digestive problems, let us discuss the digestive problems.

Common Causes Of Digestive Problems

The causes of stomach ailments are multiple and in most cases, they work together. It is really difficult to determine the root cause, and it is often treated according to the symptoms. Some of the common causes for digestive disorder are the following:-

  • Poor Diet
  • Stress
  • Dehydration
  • Nutritional Deficiency or Excess
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Chronic Medical Conditions
  • Inflammation of the Digestive Tract

Types Of Digestion Related Medical Problems

Digestion Related Medical Problems

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

When stomach acid backs up into your esophagus, you may feel a burning pain in the middle of your chest. It often occurs after meals or at night. It is common to experience acid reflux and heartburn once in a while. If you experience constant heartburn, bad breath, tooth erosion, nausea, pain in your chest or upper part of your abdomen, or have trouble while swallowing the food or breathing, you must consult your doctor.

You may find some relief by avoiding the foods and beverages that trigger their symptoms and/or taking over-the-counter antacids or other medication that reduces stomach acid production and inflammation of the esophagus. Further, adopting certain lifestyle changes like elevating the head of the bed, not lying down immediately after a meal, and quitting smoking can also help. In mild cases, you may opt for acupressure points for immediate gas relief.


Gallstones are generally described as the hard deposits that form in your gallbladder. These are small, pear-shaped sacs that store and secrete bile for digestion. The formation of gallstones takes place when there is excessive cholesterol or waste in your bile, or if your gallbladder doesn’t empty properly.

If the ducts are blocked leading from your gallbladder to your intestines, it can cause sharp pain in your upper-right abdomen. Many times, the right kind of mediation dissolves gallstones. But, if medications don’t work, the next step may be undergoing surgery to remove the gallbladder.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is described as a serious sensitivity to gluten. It is a type of protein usually found in wheat, rye, and barley.  If you consume gluten, your immune system goes on attacking your villi. These are the finger-like protrusions in your small intestines. It helps you absorb nutrients from the foods you eat. Some of its symptoms in children may include abdominal pain and bloating, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, and weight loss. Its symptoms in adults include anemia, fatigue, bone loss, depression, and seizures.

Crohn’s Disease

It is part of a group of digestive conditions called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This disease can affect any part of the GI tract. However, it mainly affects the terminal ileum, which connects the end of the small bowel and the beginning of the colon. Some of the common symptoms of Crohn’s Disease are abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss, and fever. Avoiding trigger foods like dairy products, alcohol, coffee, and foods that are fatty, fried, spicy, or gas-producing can also help prevent flares.

How Acupressure Treats Digestive Problems?

Acupressure Therapy originated in China more than 5,000 years ago. It is based on the theory that an ailment can be treated by balancing the unbalanced “qi” energy in various regions of the body. Generally, digestive disorders arise from inflammation of the digestive tract that leads to decreased digestion and absorption of nutrients. Acupressure for digestion helps in healing the inflamed digestive linings by restoring the balanced flow of energy throughout the body. It helps regulate the digestive system and strengthen its ability to break down food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate waste.

9 Effective Acupressure Regions for Treating Digestive Problems:

Stimulating these 9 specific points can help in relieving the pain caused by indigestion and treating problems like constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, and bloating.

1. Union Valley

Union Valley

You find this pressure point in the webbing between your thumb and index finger. Stimulating this point is said to reduce stress, headaches, and digestive problems. It can also induce labor, so avoid this point if you are pregnant.

2. Crooked Pond

Crooked Pond

Located on the top, the outer side of the elbow crease, this acupressure point is believed to relieve inflamed skin conditions, itching, and fever. It is also quite effective in minimizing digestive problems.

3. Outer Gate

Outer Gate

The outer gate point can be found between two tendons on the backside of the arm. Place three fingers from your other hand above your wrist. Use those fingers to apply firm pressure to this part of your hand to potentially reduce digestive issues.

4. Inner Gate

Inner Gate

To find it, place the hand palm up and use three fingers to measure roughly an inch down the wrist. You may massage this pressure point to relieve nausea, stomach pain, and digestive disorders.


5. Three-Point Mile

Three-Point Mile

This point is found four finger widths down from the bottom of your kneecap, along the outer boundary of your shin bone. If you are in the right place, a muscle should pop out as you move your foot up and down.


6. Grandfather-Grandson


This pressure point is located three finger widths behind the base of your big toe, on the inside side of your foot. Applying pressure to this point will help balance energy circulation and relieve your digestive problems.


7. Three Yin Crossing

Three Yin Crossing

It is located on the inside of your leg, just above your ankle. To find this point, locate the highest peak of the ankle then four finger widths up your leg. It is commonly used for urological, pelvic disorders, insomnia, and menstrual cramps.


8. Great Rushing

Great Rushing

This point is on the top of the foot, making it easy to find. Place the tip of your index finger at the webbing between the big toe and second toe. You may apply this pressure point for relief from digestive issues.


9. REN 12

Ren is a pressure point for indigestion. It is also called Zhong Wan or the middle cavity. You can find your belly button and feel for the point where your ribs come together, and where there will be a soft depression. If you try to draw a line from the point where your ribs meet to your belly button, Ren 12 is in the center of this line. According to the chakra system, this relates to the solar plexus.

REN 12

This pressure point is believed to help treat lack of appetite and indigestion. It is possible that excess emotion while eating, especially anger, can damage the function of the stomach. This is one of the most effective acupressure points for stomach problems. It may help relieve stomach upsets related to emotions. Additionally, it may also help lessen fullness from overeating, gas, bloating, and acid regurgitation.

Summing up:-

All the pressure points mentioned above help in opening up the digestive channel, and it will benefit any digestive condition effectively. So, in case if you feel bloated and full, you need not just reach out for an antacid, you must opt for easy and simple reflexology procedures for long-term relief from digestive problems.

Most of us spend the majority of the working week sitting in an office chair, therefore, we often end up suffering from muscle tension and digestive problems such as constipation, bloating, and diarrhea. These digestive issues can be solved by simply adjusting our behavior and trying out acupressure therapy. Abdominal massages performed properly have also been seen as a highly effective way to rebalance and stimulate intestinal function for more effective digestion and enhanced food absorption.


Is acupressure safe during pregnancy?

It is important to note that even the research that did not find acupressure to be effective has not uncovered any risk to the pregnant woman or the developing baby. Hence, acupressure therapy is probably safe for most pregnant women when performed under the supervision of a doctor or midwife.

How does Acupressure help in digestion?

Applying pressure to acupuncture points helps to stimulate the flow of energy throughout the body and communicates with the nervous system which leads to improving basic life functions like sleep and digestion, thus, bringing us back to homeostasis.

Does lemon water help digestion?

Drinking water can help to reduce the risk of constipation, and adding lemon to it will help to stimulate healthy digestion and elimination of waste. The acid present in lemon juice will help to break down your food more efficiently. Thereby, making it easier for your body to extract maximum nutrients from every meal.

What is the best way to improve your digestion naturally?

You must consume plenty of fiber and stay hydrated. A high-fiber diet has been linked to a reduced risk of digestive conditions, including ulcers, reflux, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, and IBS.


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Subhro November 6, 2014 - 3:30 PM

Thank you for your article. I am suffering from IBS for over 5 years now and I suffer from excessive gas which tends to push upwards causing chest congestion which can only be relived by passing stool. Further the bowel movement is mostly 4 – 5 times in a day. Could u plz guide me on which acupressure technique will show result and how long I need to press a point and the frequency in a day. Also how soon will I ne able to see results given the fact that my ailment is chronic.
Thanks in advance

Bipasha Mukherjee March 20, 2015 - 4:56 PM

You can apply pressure on each of the points for 5 minutes and then move on to the next point or set of points.

uday October 1, 2015 - 7:35 AM

you should approach any ayurvedic dr,they really can help you.i was also suffering from ibs for 5 years ,someone told me about ayurvedic treatments that can cure this irritating problem,then i visited patanjali yogpeeth haridwar for the recommended treatment,my experience waa unbelievable.so you can also visit ptnjli and take various treatments .

Gbs March 13, 2015 - 11:36 PM

Thanx for the efforts and the time spent,for us to benefit from ur lectures

Shakeel September 16, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Thanks so much for this information. I am definitely going to try. I hope it helps me.

Goran October 5, 2015 - 11:31 PM

Can you write the names of all the points you described? ie. Large Intesting 4 (LI4)

J October 17, 2015 - 5:29 PM

How can I print these articles for my personal use without the borders. Even at 70% on the print tab you don’t get the whole article. They are excellent and I want to use them away from the computer.

Thank you.

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Alex April 8, 2020 - 3:29 AM

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Sophie March 29, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Could someone advise me….about 2 years ago I was diagnosed with dyspepsia and was vomiting every second day with acid reflux. After about six months the vomiting stopped without medication. The acid reflux got worse for a while and burning throughout my body. I have done two acupuncture sessions and most of the acid reflux has stopped just some burning occasionally. Now however, I have unbearable constipation, stomach ache, nausea and a tight, gnawing pain (sometimes like electricity) mostly across my upper left chest, arms and sometimes hands. I’m getting a lot of headaches recently and like the food isn’t going down properly or fast enough. The acupuncturist put a needle under breast bone, on top of stomach last time and its been really hurting there, subsided somewhat after a week. Any suggestions would be great!! I was diagnosed with GERD as well and have tried alternatives – aloe vera, salts, ionized water, turned veggie, cut out some processed foods and spicy foods. Nothing has helped!

Gopi Krishna July 30, 2016 - 7:17 PM

Follow our article “Acupressure points for acid reflux gerd heartburn” for best results. and remember to make lifestyle changes. A change in your diet can do wonders.

haresh Chauhan April 24, 2016 - 6:03 PM

As my father hassigmoid colon mass means tumour in large intestine.

Doctor has suggested to cut some part of effected area.

I do not want to operate
Let me provide or help to cure this with acupressure or any other alternative medicine

Gopi Krishna July 30, 2016 - 7:12 PM

It is best to operate, acupressure can help alleviate the pain, but to remove the tumour you need the help of conventional medication.

Wayne April 25, 2016 - 2:38 AM

I too would like an illustration of the outer gate and middle cavity

Thanky you,

Gopi Krishna July 30, 2016 - 4:41 PM

Sure we will look into it.

nikita chungwani June 22, 2016 - 10:24 AM

mam this is nikita frm rewa ( mp), mumma is suffering frm very bad health, she is nt able to digest anythng she is suffering frm excess urinal issues since 15 yrs, we have tried every treatment bt nthng worked, since yrs she is surviving on very simple meal, nt even a single fruit she has consumed since thn PLEASE suggest smthing.kissiko kuch bhi bta to sb kehte h ki ye sb vahm h but mene unki halat dekhi h, ye koi vahm nhi h please mam help her out.

Gopi Krishna July 30, 2016 - 4:44 PM

It is best you take her to a doctor.

sanjiv March 24, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Chronic diseases take along time to heal. I had felt that your stomach is first affected by excess stress around you. Ask her to practice relaxing. Daily do hand & foot massage two time empty stomach. Walking helps a lot. Mix this basic therapy with any doctor’s treatment and hope improvement.

Bo July 4, 2016 - 10:50 PM

My son has been unwell all day with a bad stomach and has kept going to the toilet… It is now 1:30am he woke up at 11pm and couldn’t keep still because of stomach pain and feeling sick… I didn’t think he would be able to settle back down… I have just done a combination of the above points and within 10 minutes he settled and drifted back to sleep. Thank you so much for sharing!

Gopi Krishna July 30, 2016 - 4:41 PM

We are so glad it worked for your son.

Anirudha pune July 28, 2016 - 8:11 AM

Very knowledgeable information.

Gopi Krishna July 30, 2016 - 10:24 AM

Thank you for appreciating our work.

Margot September 22, 2016 - 11:14 PM

I. Also would like to see the two missing pictures.
I have a question is there some thing for the hip ?

Gopi Krishna September 27, 2016 - 2:05 PM

Our article “Acupressure points to relieve hip back pain” should help you.

Hema December 13, 2017 - 5:46 PM

I have a severe pain in my upper abdomen just above t belly button on an approx four inch area. It has been for many years. I got all t investigations done but there is no diagnosis of any ailment . I am happy that nothing has come out but I am in pain 24*7. Pls suggest a solution how to get rid of it.

Gopi Krishna July 2, 2018 - 9:37 PM

Do try these acupressure points to find out if you have any digestive issues. If the problem persists, contact a nearby acupuncturist.

Teddy February 14, 2018 - 7:44 AM

Thank you for the explanation. I’ve been searching treatment for stomach ache with acupressure.

Gopi Krishna June 12, 2018 - 11:00 PM

We are so glad we could help you!

Susan June 24, 2018 - 9:12 AM

I just used your techniques on my daughter when she was feeling nauseous, had chills and had stomach pain. In less than 15 minutes, she was on the mend. Thank you for your clear instructions.

Gopi Krishna July 2, 2018 - 7:29 PM

We always look forward to hearing from our readers, thanks so much for appreciating our work.

roshni June 26, 2018 - 5:41 AM

This is a very helpful article. I am suffering from stomach ache as well as a toothache at the moment. This is God send, thank you!!

Gopi Krishna July 2, 2018 - 7:27 PM

We are so glad this could help you. Thank you so much for appreciating our work.

Sumit Desai August 22, 2020 - 2:23 PM

I am diagnosed with IBS from last 5 years. The motility of my upper stomach has become very low. I can eat very low quantities of food at a time. Please suggest what acupressure points should be used for it.


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