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If you’re constipated, you need to know about the ‘poop button’

Ever have one of those weeks where you’re super-backed up (and no, I don’t mean work-wise)? It’s a pretty common condition, especially if you’ve been dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety lately. 

One time during finals in college, I didn’t experience the sweet release for a good week and a half, and believe me, that didn’t make taking a three-hour test any easier. So, what do you do during those particularly bunchy times? Many turn to gentle laxatives or to fiber supplements like Metamucil. But if you’re not too keen on adding medication or supplements to your diet, here’s a totally drug-free cure for you. It’s called the poop button.

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Believe it or not, there’s a magical place on your body that’s the key to unlocking all your constipation problems. It’s actually an acupressure remedy that’s been around for some time and can be found in most natural remedy books, like this one. However, it took a blogger mom to bring said remedy to the public’s attention.

She tried the trick on her little boy when he was struggling with the inability to poop, and within seconds, the poop button rectified the situation. The button is easy to find — it’s the point three finger-widths below your belly button. In eastern medicine, this place is called Hara, or “the sea of energy.” In ancient tradition, it’s considered the center of the human body. Aside from helping relieve your digestive issues, pressing this point can help alleviate menstrual pains and lumbar problems, and it can even fight fatigue.

However, let’s stick to its most important function at the moment: opening the poop gateway. Here are a few helpful tips on how to accurately harness the poop button’s powers from mom Wendy herself.

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1. You don’t want to press there if you have long fingernails — use the head of an eraser instead.

2. Press firmly, but not too hard.

3. If there’s any pain, back off, then try again, gently increasing pressure while taking long, deep breaths.

4. While it can work within seconds, if it’s taking some time, you can press for up to three minutes.

Note: If you have chronic constipation, this may not work at first. Keep giving yourself short sessions of acupressure to help train your body to respond to it.

I have to admit, I was somewhat skeptical of this one, but I was feeling adventurous (and constipated), so I gave it a try. Lo and behold, this seemingly crazy method actually worked in mere moments! It was very hard for a logician like myself to buy into such a strange-sounding Eastern medicine theory, but after seeing the proof, I have to admit I’m converted. All you skeptics out there, don’t stand on ceremony. Harness your seas of energy and just let it all go.

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