For those who suffer from frequent constipation, many stool softeners can be bought over the counter. Unfortunately, trying to regulate yourself using these products can be rather frustrating. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to the Mayo Clinic, can toss sufferers back and forth between constipation and diarrhea.
Acupressure, according to Acupressure.com, is an ancient Chinese practice that uses key trigger points within the body to treat many different ailments. Acupressure practitioners claim to be able to relieve constipation, help the colon and relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome through massaging key acupressure points.
Which acupressure points may help you relieve constipation, the colon, or irritable bowel system (IBS)?
Modern Reflexology gives a number of points to help with these symptoms, but the top three are the CV6, the CV12 and the ST36. The CV12 can be very sensitive, so you are to never stimulate it for more than two minutes at a time. Make sure that you only stimulate it on an empty stomach as well. ST36 is located on the leg four finger widths down from the knee and one finger width to the outside of the leg. ST36 is recommended to be rubbed briskly. The most important point in taking care of these issues appears to be the CV6.
How does the CV6 point work?
Natural Herbal Remedies states that the CV6 “revives the body’s healing processes; develops vitality; strengthens” key body systems. CV6 lies two finger widths below the center of the bellybutton, and people are cautioned to always stimulate this point gently, starting with gradual pressure and slowly increasing it. This region can be stimulated two to three times a day to bring relief.
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What else is CV6 point known to help heal?
Besides helping with constipation, colon issues and IBS, CV6 is supposed to be useful in helping with insomnia, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, urinary incontinence, menstrual cramps, infertility, and impotence.
What else can you do to relieve colon or constipation issues?
Besides acupressure and over-the-counter products, the Mayo Clinic recommends sufferers of IBS eat plenty of fiber and drink plenty of liquids. Regular exercise is also recommended, and avoiding foods that are known to cause flare-ups is wise. WebMD recommends that those who fight with constipation drink plenty of fluids, exercise regularly and eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and other high fiber foods. With all of these helps, maybe being regular will become a little easier.