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Chemist Khoo Cheng Thiam of Jaya Laboratories, just down the road from our Port Klang pharmacy, suggests a traditional Chinese abdominal massage to help regulate bowels.
The purpose of abdominal massage is to help stimulate peristalsis waves in the colon to start the stagnant faecal matter moving again.
We looked up the net for a guide to perform this massage.
Here's how easy it is:
1. Stand with your feet parallel and about shoulder width apart.
Slightly bend your legs and sink your weight down into them.
Keep your back straight.
Or, sit on a firm but comfortable chair with your back straight.
Or, lie down on your back in bed or on the floor.
Either take your top off or pull it up so that your stomach and abdominal area is bare.
2. Rub your hands together briskly until they are hot - never massage with cold hands!
Immediately place them, one on top of the other, just below your bellybutton.
Using your palm and fingers rub in small, clockwise circles around your belly button, i.e. following the path of your colon.
Use fairly firm pressure, but not so much that it's uncomfortable.
Rub in small circles at first. Gradually make them bigger, so that eventually you are massaging your entire abdominal and stomach area.
Focus your attention on the heat penetrating your abdomen.
Simply massage for several minutes, once or twice a day.
When you've finished cover the area immediately to keep it warm.
Remember, the best way to prevent constipation is to eat the recommended 25 grams per day of fiber and drink lots of fluids.
Empty your bladder before the massage.
Massage your abdomen after meals to enhance digestion & boost nutrient absorption
To help stop diarrhea, reverse the rubbing direction, i.e. rub in counterclockwise circles around your abdomen
As you massage your colon area, notice if you find areas that have a slight pain or tenderness. With areas of slight pain, you can work these areas and probably reduce the pain with daily massages. If you have deep pain, do not continue the massage. Consider consulting with a doctor, if the pain persists.