How to support digestion with Chinese Medicine

Points for Digestion Combining a little massage with simple adjustments to eating can bring big improvements to your digestion.

Let’s talk food first

According to Chinese Medicine, the same energy we use to digest our food is used to digest our thoughts. To maximize digestion, eat your food in a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Save the business meetings and brain storming sessions for a time other than meal time.
Chinese Medicine also tells us that digestion requires heat to be most effective. By eating cooked food some of the heat required for digestion is already supplied. Eating cooked food requires less energy from the body to be used to create digestive heat. The energy saved is used to make digestion and absorption of nutrients more efficient and complete.

How to have your lunch and meeting too

An easy food to consider eating is soup. Soup is a warm food packed with nutrients and great for a quick meal. Have a bowl of nutritious warm soup. Pause for a few minutes, and then have your business meeting. Separate eating and digesting food from exchanging and digesting thoughts and ideas.

Simple Massage

The acupoints shown above are potent points to support digestion.

When reclining in a chair, couch, or bed these points are easy to locate and massage. Use your naval as the reference point. Staying on the same level as your naval, slide your fingers out about two inches to find acupoint Stomach 25. Pause, gently increase your pressure, be curious, breathe and feel while pressing and kneading these points. Next, staying level with the naval, slide out two more inches and feel for acupoint Spleen 15 and repeat the instructions for Stomach 25.

Abdominal massage offers many benefits

The more often you massage these points, the easier it will be. Let yourself be curious and explore massaging your entire abdomen. The small and large intestine take up most of the space in your belly. Both of these busy organs benefit from massage. Try it yourself and enjoy the benefits of improved digestion.

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Kristin on August 8, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Your website is a (Virgo’s ) delight! Love fishing around in it!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac. on August 9, 2013 at 7:26 am

      Thanks Kristin!

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