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3 Acupressure Points to Improve Your Digestion

Good digestion is the seat of a long life. 

Traditional Chinese medicine has long understood the importance of good digestion. One famous medical doctor from the 16th century named Yu Jia Yan wrote: 

If the Stomach is strong, life will be healthy; if the Stomach is weak, life will be unhealthy.

If the stomach is strong, a person has the ability to transform food into valuable nutrients that the body can use. If the digestive force is weak or blocked, the body will not receive the nutrients it needs or properly eliminate waste.

You may have heard of acupressure.

The philosophical and clinical roots of Chinese medicine did not have words for the enzymes, minerals, bacteria, and other catalysts that we now know to be an important part of the digestive process. Nonetheless, modern medicine has found that acupuncture can effectively regulate the digestive system and strengthen its ability to break down food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate waste.

Chinese medicine understands the body as constantly balancing the opposing and interdependent forces of yin and yang, which are like the water and fire aspects of the body. This constant balancing act is expressed as qi (commonly spelled chi), which translates to “energy.”

Each organ in the body has its own qi and follows a specific pathway. Much like a river running through the earth, qi runs through pathways in the body called meridians. Meridians are like rivers of qi in the body. Where the qi collects is called an acupoint. Stimulating these acupoints is called acupressure.

You can try acupressure at home using the right essential oils to stimulate healing in your body. Acupressure can boost your immune system, improve energy, and remedy a number of chronic digestive issues!

How to Do Acupressure on Yourself:

1.  Simple tips to get started:

  • When applying pressure, begin lightly.
  • Use four levels of pressure, gently pressing deeper each time.
  • At the deepest level, massage the area in a circular motion.

2. When acupressure is combined with the right essential oil, the effect is comparable to acupuncture. Many times, an acupuncturist will use essential oils on children or on patients who do not wish to be needled.

  • You can massage the essential oil directly into the acupoint.
  • Or after applying acupressure, place the essential oil directly on the acupoint.


1.    STOMACH 36:

The acupoint known as Stomach 36 (ST-36) is also called Zu San Li, which means “leg three miles”. The name refers to the ability of this point to greatly strengthen energy, so that a person can walk another three miles, even when exhausted.

To locate: Slightly bend your leg and place four fingers just below the kneecap. Begin with the index finger at the base of the kneecap. The point is where the little finger rests, on the outside aspect of the hard shinbone. Feel around for the tender spot.

This acupoint can boost the immune system, and it can also strengthen overall energy. It is often used to strengthen weak digestion and improve digestive disorders, ranging from constipation to diarrhea, gas, bloating, vomiting, and nausea.

Essential oils: Orange, Neroli, or Bergamont.

Caution: All of these oils can make the skin sensitive to sunlight and are phototoxic. Use only in the evening or when you plan to stay indoors.

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  • Fermentation means that the nutrients found in these foods are at maximum availability.
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2.    REN 12:

Ren is a channel where all the yin fluids of the body collect.  Ren 12, also called Zhong Wan or “middle cavity,” is specifically where the energy of the stomach gathers and collects. In Chinese medicine, the stomach is called the “sea of water and grain”. One of its principle functions is to transform water and grain into usable nutrients.

To locate: Find your belly button and locate the point where your ribs come together, where there will be a soft depression. If you draw a line from the point where your ribs meet to your belly button, Ren 12 is in the center of this line. In the chakra system, this relates to the solar plexus.

This acupoint is used for lack of appetite and indigestion. Excess emotion while eating, especially anger, can damage the function of the stomach. This acupoint relieves stomach upset that is related to emotions. It can also alleviate fullness from overeating, gas, bloating, and acid regurgitation. 

Essential oils: Ginger.

On sensitive skin, mix ginger essential oil with a carrier oil, such as jojoba.

Supplement: In addition to acupressure, digestive upset and acid regurgitation can often be alleviated with the addition of good bacteria in the form of fermented foods and beverages. Combining diet with acupressure is like two people coming together for a common goal. The effect is often more profound.

  • Try drinking 4 ounces of Body Ecology InnergyBiotic three times a day.
  • The good bacteria in a fermented beverage can often calm down gas and bloating.
  • Research also suggests that acid regurgitation may be due to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Good bacteria keep those bad guys in check.

3.    STOMACH 25:

Even though this acupoint is located on the stomach meridian, it is where all the energy of the large intestine gathers and concentrates. The name for Stomach 25 (ST-25) is Tian Shu, which means “heaven’s pivot”. This acupoint is where the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract meet and relate to each other.

To locate: Place three fingers parallel and alongside the center of the bellybutton. The point is at the edge of the last finger, three fingers away from the center of the bellybutton.

Stomach 25 is especially useful in alleviating constipation, diarrhea, and any other kind of intestinal disorder. Stimulating ST-25 also moves abdominal blood and can alleviate menstrual irregularities.

Essential oils: Fennel or Frankincense.

Try direct application. Or mix a few drops of fennel or frankincense with a carrier oil. Coconut oil and apricot kernel oil are especially good choices. With light pressure, massage around the bellybutton in small circles that move from right to left.

Caution: If you are pregnant, avoid fennel essential oil.

  1. Begin at ST-25 on the right side.
  2. Massage in small circles up towards Ren-12.
  3. Continue massaging in small circles, moving toward ST-25 on the left.
  4. Continue massaging in small circles to a place that is a couple of inches below the bellybutton.
  5. Complete the circle, and continue massaging in small circles until you reach ST-25 on the right side.
  6. Repeat for several minutes and breathe deeply.

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What To Remember Most About This Article:

Good digestion is the key to a long, healthy life. Traditional Chinese medicine uses acupressure to help stimulate good digestion. Chinese medicine works to balance the yin and yang of the body by stimulating acupoints to promote vitality and healthy digestion.

You can perform acupressure on yourself using the right essential oils to receive similar results to professional acupuncture. Stimulating specific points will improve your digestion, boost your immune system, and even improve your overall energy! Acupressure is best used with the right supplements and fermented foods to fill your gut with good bacteria and aid in healthy digestion.

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  • kiranphalke

    Hi Ren 12 location is 4 cun above the umbilicus. and whatever location you have given does not match with it. Please correct me if wrong

  • Lloyd Morgan

    This is a great introduction to using acupuncture/acupressure to heal digestive problems.

    I love the way it's so practical too. Plenty of ideas for treatments to be going on with.

  • satyanarayan Shrivas

    I havebeen facing a problem in my abdomen pain for 2 years
    so kindly suggess me how to treat my self by acupressure point

  • Linda Hallmark

    Great article. I am a Colon Hydrotherapist and use acupressure points while I work on clients. This was great information, I do appreciate it and LOVE your products!

  • ASK

    Thank you for posting such a helpful article. I've been interested in pressure points ever since my friend stopped his decade long problem of limping within 10 minutes of pressure point therapy. Granted, his limp is slowly coming back, but it's a miracle that it went away with knowledgeable application of points on the body.

    I was trying to locate the three points that you explained in the article. Where exactly is the stomach 25 point? The text says 3 fingers out from the belly button but the picture only shows 2 fingers out.

  • Val

    Thank you for your articles, your book and your products!

  • andrius

    Thank you for the great article

  • Jeannie

    Donna, I am a massage therapist & I utilize acupressure all the time. These points absolutely work! My clients tell me they are free of stomach problems or at least feel much better for days and weeks after seeing me. So people, try these to help with digestion. And BED changed my life. I was in so much pain & misery before BED. I thank u & God for the BED. Bless u!!!

  • Sharron Dugan

    My favorite books are Micael Reed Gach's Acupressure's Potent Points, a guide to self-care for common ailments and FC Houston's book The healing Benefits of Acupressure.

  • Sandra Gillett

    Thank you for this information. The Body Ecology Diet has changed my life. Is there a book that you can recommend that can be used to teach self-acupressure? Thank you for all you do. The day I picked up your book in my natural food store and started reading I knew I had found the answer to my chronic illnesses. God Bless You.

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