How Acupuncture Improves Digestion


It is a Chinese healing technique or we can say a traditional Chinese treatment. National Institute of Health researched and observed acupuncture’s effectiveness and safe treatment method for a number of medical problems and found that Acupuncture can impeccably treat several health issues.

Acupuncture treatment involves insertion of fine sterilized needles in the skin at some specific points of the body called as acupuncture point or acupoint. Needles are inserted at strategic points along the meridians i.e. energy pathway of the body.

How it works

Research shows that acupoints help in the stimulation of muscles, nerves and connective tissues of the body. These stimuli enhance natural painkiller properties of the body and also lead to increased flow of blood in the body. Acupuncture increases the body’s self-healing ability by the stimulation of acupoints. It also helps to improve the bodily functions of all organs.

Heat, electrical stimulation, and pressure are the additional factors which can enhance the effects of acupuncture. Some other acupuncture points stimulating techniques are such as heat therapies, manual massage, use of herbal medicines and cupping. Acupuncture therapy can treat blocked energy in a body. This type of blockage can cause illness, pain or wrong functioning.

Acupuncture and Digestion

Bad digestion can be a result of eating habits, more consumption of packed and readymade meals. This leads to various digestion problems. Digestive system imbalance includes gas, indigestion, constipation, irritable stools, stomach sourness, heart burning and diarrhea etc. Acupuncture can help to get rid of indigestion and other digestion issues. It gives you a better feeling and maintains the improvement for a long time.

The three main points of Acupressure that improves digestion are:

Stomach 25 (ST-25)

ST-25 is located three fingers away from the center of belly button. It is the point where the small intestine merges with the large intestine. Tian Shu is also known as the ‘Heaven’s Pivot’, helps to rectify constipation and diarrhea problems in the gut.

Stomach 36(ST-36)

This point is also known as the Zu San Li which is present on your leg. Place your four fingers of the right hand on your right leg just below the kneecap in such a way that your index finger touches the base of your kneecap. The point ST-36 is pointed to by your little finger in that position. Putting the right pressure on ST-36 acupoint has the ability to increase the body’s overall energy and aid in proper digestion1.


Also known as Zhong Wan is the middle cavity of your upper body. This point exists at the midpoint of the lined drawn from the base of your rib cage to your belly button. It is here that water and grains are processed into nutrients and so putting pressure on this point resolves the problems of lack of appetite and indigestion.

Acupuncture has proved its excellent ability to balance and improve several digestive health problems. It wonderfully encourages a patient to feel better and experience normal digestion. It also improves control over eating habits. Treated by a certified practitioner of acupuncture can give guaranteed results.


Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person due to lifestyle, healthy eating, body type and dedication to the program. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.