Introducing Stomach 36

Each week in Qi Gong class I introduce a pressure point or two, guiding people to take more control of their health and wellbeing.

What is the point?

ST36 tonifies Qi and Blood, harmonises and strengthens the Spleen and Stomach, raises Yang (energy), calms the Shen (spirit), activates the meridian (energy line), and stops pain.

Commonly used for gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea and vomiting, stress and fatigue, this point has a strong association with digestion, in traditional Chinese literature and practice, ST36 is frequently stimulated for health promotion and longevity. Some swear by its daily use for general wellbeing. 

To use this as an acupressure point at home:

First locate the point (four finger widths down from bottom of knee cap, confirm the area by moving foot up and down). Use your thumb or index finger to massage the acupoint with deep and steady pressure. Massage the point in a circular or up and down motion, maintaining contact with the skin. Massage the point for one to two minutes. Be aware of keeping a slow and steady breath during application, we have a tendency to hold our breath in these situations. 

Note: Usage of this point shouldn’t replace an acupressure or acupuncture treatment but act more as a way of supporting your system on an ongoing basis, empowering you to really get to know your body, to feel how different points work on YOUR body. Prevention and longevity lie at the core of Qi Gong and Traditional Chinese Medicine.