Acupressure & Qigong: Part IV

Welcome to my blog and Part IV of my Five Part Series on Acupressure and Qigong! Today's focus is on the digestive system and how energetic practices can be applied to help support a happy, healthy gut. Let’s get started.

Acupuncture in Seattle, Dr. Fred Russo

Digestion As the Root of All Health

This may come as quite a surprise to many of you, but digestion is often recognized as the root of all health because of how deeply connected it is to all of the other bodily - and even mental - processes. As funny as it might seem at first glance - and as reluctant as many of us are to talk about it (especially in public!) - the gut is one of the most important parts of the human body when it comes to supporting good health.

The indications of poor gut health might surprise you, too. For instance, did you know that skin health is directly tied to gut health? That’s right - common skin problems like acne, eczema, psoriasis, and even seemingly “random” rashes can be traced back to toxins in the digestive tract.

Another example of how the digestion affects our well-being relates to neurological issues like stress, anxiety, depression, and even insomnia! Because of this, some have taken to referring to the gut as “our second brain”. Headaches, bloating, constipation, excessive gas, mood swings, ADHD, frequent infections, skin problems, even chronic sadness and poor memory can all be traced back to the health of your digestive system. Amazing, isn’t it?

Most of us could go our whole lives never having the slightest clue about how vital digestion is to the quality of our health. But now that you know, you can see why supporting healthy digestive processes would be of primary importance to overall health and happiness.

Today I’m going to show you a few exercises that you can use to help establish balance in the gut.

 
Acupuncture for Digestion, Dr. Fred Russo

Qigong for Digestive Health

Unlike some of the other things we’ve discussed in this part of our series, you may not be very surprised to learn that qigong has been used to support digestive health for centuries. Many of your primary energy centers run through or interact with the digestive system in significant ways that can be addressed energetically. Here are two simple exercise routines that you can use to help balance your digestive processes.

QIGONG FOR DIGESTION #1. This exercise routine is appropriate for all ages and can be practiced standing, seated, or while lying flat on your back. Click on the button below to see a video demonstration.

  • This is a short qigong routine that I myself use almost every day. It is very easy to apply, takes very little time, and has a very powerful effect that only becomes stronger over time. Consider making this one a regular part of your daily routine.
  • NOTE: the clockwise direction of this exercise is from your point of view facing forward. Don't be confused if it looks "backward" in the video.

QIGONG FOR DIGESTION #2. This exercise routine is appropriate for most ages and is most effective when practiced from a standing position. Click on the button below to see a video demonstration.

  • This qigong routine is very different from the last one and is designed to target not only the digestive process, but also the balance and functions of many of its surrounding internal organs. Again, the practice is simple and effective. Use as often as desired.
  • NOTE: the clockwise direction of this exercise is from your point of view facing forward. Don't be confused if it looks "backward" in the video.
 
Best Acupuncturist in Seattle, Dr. Fred Russo

Acupressure for Digestive Health

Like qigong, acupressure can be a very powerful aid to proper digestive function and overall gut health. Understanding how to use this practice to release energetic blockages in and around the digestive organs is a fundamental (and primary) step toward supporting a happy, healthy gut. Here are some very simple exercises that you can use to help balance your digestive processes.

ACUPRESSURE FOR DIGESTION #1. These simple exercises are appropriate for all ages and are most comfortable when practiced from a seated position. Click on the button below to see a video demonstration.

  • The two acupressure points demonstrated in this video help to strengthen your digestive processes by directing energy to them. I recommend applying them before and after meals for best effect.

ACUPRESSURE FOR DIGESTION #2. These simple exercise are appropriate for most ages. The point on the foot can be a difficult to get to, though, so take it slow and make sure you're comfortable before attempting the exercise. Click on the button below to see a video demonstration.

  • Like the last example, these two pressure points are strengthening to the digestive process, increasing energy and absorption. Because of this, they should be practiced before and after meals.
 

Other Common Digestive Health Issues

As you can see, the health of your digestive system is directly related to many unexpected symptoms. It’s often surprising to learn that external issues can be results of internal distress. But this is the case far more often than you might expect.

We discussed many symptoms that are often tied to digestion in the material above, but other indications of an unhealthy digestive system include: migraine, diarrhea, cracked fingernails, iron deficiency, dermatitis, food allergies, hives, and even arthritis.

An important thing to remember is that, while qigong and acupressure can be very effective in helping to relieve common digestive health issues, they are only one piece of the puzzle. Digestive health can be complex, and deserves to be taken seriously.

To learn more about how to relieve common aches and pains stemming from poor digestive health, schedule an appointment by clicking on the button below. Together, we can define a path suited just for you. I can’t wait to meet you!