6. Stomach Problems: Leg Three Miles
The Leg Three Miles (ST 36), or Zusanli by its Chinese name, is an acupressure point commonly used to improve digestive disorders including indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. It has also been shown to strengthen the body, fight fatigue and boost the immune system. It got its name for its use by ancient Chinese soldiers to enable them to go the extra three miles in their marches, even at the point of exhaustion, due to their increased strength and elimination of fatigue.
The Leg Three Miles Point lies on the stomach meridian, and modern studies have shown that the continued stimulation of ST 36 shows marked changes in the areas of the brain related to gastric function. It is often used to address poor digestion in children and adults.
ST 36 is located on the front of the leg, four fingers width below the kneecap, on the outside, in the indentation between the shinbone and the leg muscle. To find it, you can bend your leg and place your fingers below the knee cap. Begin with the index finger at the base of the knee cap, four fingers down where your little finger rests just outside your shin bone where you will find this pressure point. As with all pressure points, you will usually feel increased sensitivity at the correct point, which is how you know you are in the right place.
When you have found the correct spot – use a finger nail or thumb nail to apply moderate to deep pressure for a few seconds. Apply moderate to deep pressure on this point for a few seconds daily. You can press this point on both legs at the same time.