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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.

The Meaning of Zhen Jiu ( 针灸) Acupuncture is not just acupuncture.  In fact, the word for acupuncture in Chinese, Zhen Jiu, actually  translates to “acupuncture and moxibustion”  which shows how central moxibustion is within acupuncture. Moxibustion is the warming of acupuncture points or needles.  Most often, this is done through burning an herb called mugwort.  It can also be done with heat lamps as well as herbal lotions. In my office, we use smokeless moxibustion because it is treated and does not create much smoke. How does Moxibustion work? Just like with acupuncture, moxibustion focuses on correcting the underlying imbalance in the body. Because it is warming, generally moxibustion is used when there is cold in the body.  Moxibustion

Acupressure can be easily used to reduce menstrual cramps and symptoms of PMS. Menstrual cramps are mostly related to qi stagnation, that is, when qi is not flowing freely in the body.  This is most often caused by stress, worry, overwork, or sometimes people can be prone to stagnation. Chinese medicine tradition states “ When there is movement there is no pain, when qi stops there is pain.” Qi must always circulate through the body to be healthy.  Acupressure relieves pain by moving qi in a channel.  You can massage these points to relieve the pain and cramping. But, you can also rub them daily to help prevent cramping as well as improve your ability to produce qi. Spleen 6