When you eat heavy meals with acidic food items, it may cause acid reflux and heartburn problems. The heartburn is a burning sensation/pain that makes you feel uncomfortable and unable to concentrate on your work. Therefore we suggest you to apply acupressure points for heartburn relief to heal heartburn and related issues.
The acupressure points for heartburn are a blessing for people who get heartburn and acid reflux issues at night. So, you can massage a few pressure points to cure heartburn and have a peaceful sleep through the whole night.
Causes of Heartburn
The primary cause of heartburn is often acid reflux. The heartburn problem occurs when the stomach acid enters the esophagus tube (food pipe). The process of stomach acid coming upwards is called Acid Reflux.
Your body contains acid in stomach part that helps in digestion process. The acid remains within stomach unless you do overeating which causes the acid to come upwards. Here we provide the causes of heartburn as under:
Most Common Causes of Heartburn:
- Overeating i.e. Having Large Meals
- Eating High Fat Food
- Eating Oily Food
- Eating Tomatoes and Citrus Fruits
- Eating Food with Too Much Onions and/or Garlic
- Eating Peppermint or Food Containing Peppermint
- Eating High Amount of Chocolate
- Drinking Coffee and Other Caffeinated Drinks
- Drinking Alcohol
- Being Overweight
- Lying Down Immediately after Lunch/Dinner
Some Unusual Causes of Heartburn:
- Taking Antibiotics or Anti-Inflammatory Medicines
- GERD, Ulcers and Hiatal Hernia
So, these are some possible causes of heartburn, you should avoid these food/drink items to save yourself from heartburn problem.
Symptoms of Heartburn
The heartburn sounds like a problem with the heart but it has nothing to do with the heart attack or any other heart disease. Actually, the heartburn is a constant burning sensation in chest that occurs after eating the food/meal. It is a common problem and nothing serious until you have heartburn more than twice a week.
Here we provide the symptoms of heartburn that you would feel when it occurs in your body.
- Constant Burning Sensation in the Chest, Often After Eating
- Burning Sensation/Pain in Chest Increase When Bending Over or Lying Down
- Experiencing Hot, Acidic, Salty or Bitter Taste in the Back of the Mouth/Throat
- Burning Sensation in Throat and/or Unnecessary Coughing or Hoarseness
- Feeling Difficulty in Swallowing Food
- Pressure and/or Fullness in the Chest, Behind the Breastbone
So, these are the symptoms of heartburn that you may experience when it occurs in your body. Whether you feel all symptoms or some of them, you should take immediate steps to relieve heartburn and its symptoms.
Acupressure Points for Heartburn
The acupressure therapy can help in heartburn issue with its effective pressure points. You can find acupressure points for heartburn in various parts of your body and stimulate them to get rid of heartburn in short time.
In order to know the effective pressure points for heartburn and acid reflux, you should check the list of heartburn pressure points given below.
- Cloud Gate Point – Lung 2 (LU2)
- Middle of the Earth Point – Central Venter – Conception Vessel 12 (CV12)
- Sea of Energy Point – Conception Vessel 6 (CV6)
- Inner Gate Point – Inner Pass – Pericardium 6 (PC6)
- Three Mile Point – Stomach 36 (ST36)
- Lower Great Hollow Point – Stomach 39 (ST39)
- Grandfather Grandson Point – Spleen 4 (SP4)
- Three Yin Crossing Point – Spleen 6 (SP6)
We have mentioned the acupressure point for heartburn in above. Now, we will explain each pressure point for heartburn in detail.
01. Cloud Gate Point – Lung 2 (LU2):
Acupressure Lung 2 Point is the most effective pressure point for heartburn and acid reflux issues. The LU2 Point is also known as Cloud Gate Point and it is situated on the upper lateral chest, approximately 8-inch away from the midline of the chest. The exact location of LU2 is in the depression below the acromial end of the clavicle as shown in above picture.
Find out the Cloud Gate Point on your chest and apply firm pressure on both sides at the same time. Leave the LU2 pressure point after one minute of stimulation. The Acupressure Lung 2 Point provides quick relief in heartburn, chest pain, cough, asthma, dyspnea, fullness of chest , shoulder pain and back pain.
02. Middle of the Earth Point – Central Venter – Conception Vessel 12 (CV12):
Acupressure Conception Vessel 12 Point is useful for gas, bloating and other digestive problems. The CV12 Point is also called Middle of the Earth Point. You can find the CV12 Point on upper part of your stomach, The exact spot of CV12 Point is on the midline, 5-inch above the navel (belly button) as displayed in above picture.
Find the Conception Vessel 12 Point on your body and apply firm pressure on it for one minute. Massage the CV12 again after some minutes to get quick relief in heartburn and gastric pain. This point also relieves stomach pain, acid reflux, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
03. Sea of Energy Point – Conception Vessel 6 (CV6):
The Conception Vessel 6 Point is situated in lower stomach part, in-line with the CV12 Point explained above. The CV6 Point is also known as Sea of Energy Point and it is recommended for stomach problems and sexual/gynecological disorders. The CV12 pressure point is located 2-inch below the navel as you can see in the above picture.
You should find the Sea of Energy Point and apply gentle pressure on it for one minute, then release. After 2 minutes, you can stimulate the CV12 point again. By applying CV12 pressure point, you can heal poor digestion, bloating, edema, heartburn, diarrhea, abdominal distension, dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation, impotence and erectile dysfunction.
04. Inner Gate Point – Inner Pass – Pericardium 6 (PC6):
Acupressure Pericardium 6 Point is useful for healing many physical and emotional disorders. The PC6 Point is also known as Inner Pass Point and Inner Gate Point. It is situated on the palmer aspect of the forearm, 2.6-inch above the transverse crease of the wrist. The exact location of PC6 Point is in-line with PC3 and PC7 as shown in above picture.
Find the Inner Gate Point on your hand(s) and apply moderate pressure on it for one minute. By stimulating the Pericardium 6 Point, you can get instant relief in stomach pain, bloating, heartburn, acid reflux, epilepsy, vomiting, hiccups, chest pain, dizziness, vertigo, fullness of chest, anxiety and insomnia.
05. Three Mile Point – Stomach 36 (ST36):
Acupressure Stomach 36 Point regulates the digestive system to cure heartburn and all stomach issues. The Stomach 36 Pressure Point is also known as Three Mile Point and Leg Three Miles. In order to find ST36 Point, you need to see the above picture. The ST36 Point is located 4 finger widths below the lower border of the kneecap and 1 finger width lateral to the shinbone on outside.
Once you locate the ST36 Point on your legs, apply firm pressure on both legs with your thumbs or index fingers. Hold the pressure for 1-2 minutes and release them. Applying pressure on Three Mile Point will reduce gastric pain, abdominal pain, heartburn, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, indigestion, dysphagia and abdominal distension.
06. Lower Great Hollow Point – Stomach 39 (ST39):
Acupressure Stomach 39 Points is helpful for relieving small intestine disorders related to digestive system. The ST39 Point is also called Lower Great Hollow Point which is located on the lower leg. It is situated 11.8-inch below the ST35 Point and 1-inch lateral from the anterior border of the tibia as shown in the above picture.
Find the ST39 Point and apply pressure on it with your thumb. You should press ST39 Point on both legs simultaneously for one minute, then release. The Stomach 39 Point will heal all digestive issues including irritated bowels, heartburn, abdominal pain, gastrointestinal syndrome, diarrhea, lower back pain and mastitis.
07. Grandfather Grandson Point – Spleen 4 (SP4):
Acupressure Spleen 4 Point is another pressure point for indigestion issues. The SP4 Point is also known as Grandfather Grandson Point and it is situated on the medial aspect of the foot, in the depression distal and inferior to the base of the first metatarsal bone. You can refer the above picture to locate SP4 Point on your foot.
You should find SP4 Point on both feet and apply firm pressure with your thumb. Leave the Spleen 4 Point after one minute. Applying pressure on Grandfather Grandson Point will relieve gastric pain, fullness of stomach, fullness of chest, heartburn, pain around navel, chest pain, diarrhea and irregular menstruation.
08. Three Yin Crossing Point – Spleen 6 (SP6):
Acupressure Spleen 6 is the last yet very effective pressure point for heartburn and stomach issues. The SP6 Pressure Point is also known as Three Yin Crossing and Reunion of Three Yin Point. It is situated on your lower leg on inner surface, 4 finger width above the inner anklebone. Kindly refer the above picture to locate Spleen 6 Point on your foot.
You should find SP6 Point on both feet and press them firmly for 1-2 minutes, then release. Applying firm pressure on Spleen 6 Point can reduce heartburn, abdominal pain & distension, poor digestion, loose stools, irregular menstruation and dysmenorrhea.
Acupressure Points for Heartburn in Pregnancy
Many women face heartburn problem when they are pregnant. During the period of pregnancy, the women experience back pain, lumbar pain, nausea, leg pain, heartburn and other issues. The acupressure points for heartburn in pregnancy are different from the heartburn pressure points mentioned above.
If a pregnant woman is suffering from heartburn problem then you should NOT apply any of the above given pressure points. In order to heal heartburn in pregnancy, we suggest you an effective pressure point named Inner Courtyard Point i.e. ST 44.
Inner Courtyard Point – Stomach 44 (ST44):
Acupressure Stomach 44 Point is very effective to relieve heartburn during pregnancy. The ST44 Point is also known Inner Courtyard Point and it is located on the foot. You can find the exact location of ST44 Point on the dorsum of the foot, proximal to the web margin between the 2nd and 3rd toes as shown in above picture.
As you find ST44 Point on your feet, apply steady pressure on both feet for one minute, then release. Applying pressure on Inner Courtyard Point is beneficial for healing heartburn in pregnancy. It also relieves gastric pain, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal distension, toothache, sore throat and wry mouth.
FAQs about Heartburn Pressure Points
Here we provide some necessary questions about heartburn problem and acupressure points for relieving heartburn. Kindly read all questions and answers to know how acupressure works to heal acid reflux, heartburn, abdominal pain and other digestive issues.
Q.1 What instantly relieves heartburn?
Slowly drinking a glass of water with one tea spoon baking soda instantly relieves heartburn. You can also apply acupressure points for heartburn to get quick relief.
Q.2 How do I calm heartburn at night?
You can calm heartburn at night by applying acupressure points for heartburn relief that we have shared above.
Q.3 How long do acupressure points take to relieve heartburn?
The acupressure points for heartburn start working from the moment you start applying them. With acupressure points, you can relieve heartburn and get rid of it in a few minutes.
Q.4 Is there a pressure point for heartburn in pregnancy?
Yes, there is a pressure point for heartburn in pregnancy and it is called Inner Courtyard Point (Stomach 44). It is located in the web between second and third toes.
The above shared Acupressure Points for Heartburn Relief are best of our knowledge, research and experience. You should use these pressure points to heal heartburn and acid reflux issues instantly.
The pressure points for heartburn are very effective for fullness of chest/stomach, bloating, gastric pain and other digestive problems. For more queries or questions regarding heartburn pressure points, ask us in the comment section. We will answer your queries shortly.