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Constipation is an issue that I often treat in my NYC acupuncture clinic.

I always teach my patients this simple two-step acupressure routine for relieving constipation to supplement the acupuncture treatment.

Rub belly in clockwise circle

Rubbing your abdomen will help wake up your digestive system.  Place your whole palm on the abdomen and apply even pressure.  Not so much pressure that it is painful but you should feel your hand.

Rub your belly in a big clockwise circle touching the edge of the ribs and the top of the pelvis.  Do this motion for 30 seconds. You can also casually rub your belly in this way during your relaxation time, listening to music, or before you go to sleep.

Sheng Ju Xu- Stomach 37

Stomach 37 is a very important acupuncture point for constipation.   When palpating you may notice that it is often tender during episodes of constipation.

Acupressure Point Location: Stomach 37 is located 3 cun below the acupressure point Stomach 36.

Stomach 37 acupressure point for constipation

First locate the tibial tuberosity, a bump just below the knee.  Place your hand just below the tibial tuberosity with the index finger touching the bottom of the tuberosity.  Stomach 37 is located level with the pinky finger just to the outside of the shin bone when your hand is in this position.

How to massage

First press on the acupressure point then rub in a circle.  You can apply pressure which can help.  Pressing very hard may cause a small bruise.

Rub this acupressure point twice a day for 30 seconds.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

Joseph Alban is a New York Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist providing the highest quality Acupuncture and Chinese medicine care tailored to your needs.

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