6 Acupressure Points for Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

April 23, 2022
5 min

Acupuncture Points Mentioned in this Article

UTIs, caused by factors like inadequate water intake and poor hygiene, can lead to abdominal pain and frequent urination. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be an uncomfortable and painful experience. They are often caused by inadequate water intake, long intervals between urination, holding in urine, and poor hygiene. Common symptoms include lower abdominal pain, frequent urination, painful urination, and even blood in the urine. It's important to address UTIs promptly to prevent further complications.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective on UTIs

In TCM, UTIs are seen as "dripping syndromes" with damp-heat affecting the lower body. It is believed that damp-heat affects the lower body, leading to symptoms like painful urination, dry mouth, bitterness, fever, body pain, and back pain. TCM offers a holistic approach to treating UTIs by focusing on restoring balance in the body.

Acupressure Points for Urinary Tract Infection

These are six acupressure points beneficial for UTIs, focusing on urinary and reproductive system health. They can help alleviate the symptoms of urinary tract infections and promote urinary system health. Incorporating these points into your wellness routine can provide natural relief and support your overall well-being. Let's dive in and discover these pressure points for UTI relief!

Central Pole Point (Zhong Ji 中極) CV3 Acupressure Point

The Central Pole Point, in the abdominal area, aids in treating UTIs, frequent urination, and gynecological issues. It is a powerful acupressure point located in the abdominal area, closely linked with the bladder. It plays a vital role in treating urinary system diseases, including urinary tract infections, frequent urination, and difficulty in urinating. Additionally, the Zhong Ji acupoint can alleviate gynecological issues like menstrual pain, irregular menstruation, and uterine fibroids. Furthermore, it can offer relief from conditions such as sciatic nerve pain and rheumatism.

Where is acupressure point CV3?

Middle Extremity (CV3) is located on the body's center line, 4 inches below the navel.

How to find acupressure point CV3?

  1. Stand or lay down straight.
  2. Place your fingers horizontally below your navel.
  3. Measure a width of about six fingers (4 inches) downwards.
  4. CV3 is right there on the central line of the body.

Origin Pass Point (Guan Yuan 關元) CV4 Acupressure Point

The Origin Pass Point is key for urinary and reproductive diseases, providing relief from UTIs and skin conditions. It stands as a key point for addressing both reproductive and urinary system diseases. It's especially beneficial for those dealing with urinary tract infections, frequent urination, and menstrual disorders. By stimulating the Guan Yuan acupoint, not only can you experience relief from urinary ailments, but you can also improve reproductive health and skin conditions like acne.

Where is acupressure point CV4?

Origin Pass (CV4) is located 3 inches below the navel on the body's center line.

How to find acupressure point CV4?

  1. Stand or lay down straight.
  2. Place your fingers horizontally below your navel.
  3. Measure a width of about four fingers (3 inches) downwards.
  4. CV4 is there on the central line of the body.

Yin Mound Spring Acupoint (Yin Ling Quan 陰陵泉) SP9 Acupressure Point

Yin Mound Spring point treats lower limb, urinary, and reproductive diseases, aiding in UTI symptoms and knee pain. It is an essential point for addressing diseases associated with the lower limbs, urinary system, and reproductive system. Notably, it's effective in managing symptoms of urinary tract infections, difficulties in urination, and abdominal bloating. Beyond its benefits for urinary health, this acupoint can also aid in reducing knee pain, gynecological issues, and cold extremities.

Where is acupressure point SP9?

Yin Mound Spring (SP9) is on the inner side of the lower leg, in a dip just before a bony area near the knee.

How to find acupressure point SP9?

  1. Sit down with your legs exposed.
  2. Start at the bone bump on the inside of your ankle.
  3. Move your fingers upwards along the inner side of your lower leg.
  4. Before reaching the knee, you'll feel a prominent bone.
  5. Just before this bone, there's a dip. That's the Yin Mound Spring.

Large Bell Point (Dazhong Point 大鐘穴) KI4 Acupressure Point

Dazhong Point, on the inner foot, detoxifies the system and supports urinary health, helping in UTIs. It is situated on the inner side of the foot and serves as a nexus on the kidney meridian, which is interconnected with the bladder meridian. This point is essential for detoxifying the system and bolstering urinary health, providing a defense against cold and aiding in urinary tract infections.

Where is acupressure point KI4?

Large Bell (KI4) is in a dip between the inner ankle and where the Achilles tendon attaches above the heel.

How to find acupressure point KI4?

  1. Sit down with your foot exposed.
  2. Find the inner side of your ankle.
  3. Move your fingers slightly downwards towards the heel.
  4. You'll feel a dip where the Achilles tendon attaches on the inner side. KI4 is there.

Water Spring Point (Shuiquan Point 水泉穴) KI5 Acupressure Point

Shuiquan Point nourishes the kidneys, maintains urinary health, and offers UTI relief. It is a pivotal point on the Kidney Meridian, is invaluable for its capacity to clear heat and nourish the kidneys. Its role in activating the meridians makes it indispensable for maintaining urinary health and providing relief from urinary tract infections.

Where is acupressure point KI5?

Water Spring (KI5) is in the dip between the pointy end of the inner ankle and the Achilles tendon.

How to find acupressure point KI5?

  1. Sit down with your foot exposed.
  2. Locate the pointy end of your inner ankle.
  3. Move slightly towards the Achilles tendon.
  4. In between, you'll find a dip. That's the Water Spring.

Waterway Point (Shuidao Point 水道穴) ST28 Acupressure Point

Shuidao Point regulates fluid balance, treats UTIs, and addresses female-specific issues. It is renowned for its ability to regulate the body's water channels and ensuring proper fluid balance. It's particularly effective for those with urinary tract infections, urinary problems, and abdominal bloating. This acupoint also offers solutions for various female-specific issues, including menstrual disturbances and menopausal symptoms, making it versatile in its therapeutic applications.

Where is acupressure point ST28?

Waterway Point (ST28) is on the stomach muscle, midway between the belly button and the lower edge of the ribcage, and two finger widths to the side.

How to find Acupressure Point ST28?

  1. Lay down or stand straight.
  2. Find the center of your belly button.
  3. Measure approximately three fingers down and two fingers outward.
  4. Press lightly, and the point is in that area.

How to Relieve UTI Pain Using Acupressure Points?

Acupressure provides UTI pain relief through points like Zhong Ji, Guan Yuan, and Shuidao, in a calm environment with consistent techniques. By tapping into the power of acupressure, you can help manage the pain associated with UTIs. Some of the most potent acupressure points for UTI pain relief include the Central Pole Point (Zhong Ji), Origin Pass Point (Guan Yuan), Yin Mound Spring Acupoint (Yin Ling Quan), Large Bell Point (Dazhong Point), Water Spring Point (Shuiquan Point), and Waterway Point (Shuidao Point). Here are some practical tips to get the most out of these acupressure techniques:

  • Create a serene environment: Choose a quiet space where distractions are minimal. This calm setting will enhance your focus and heighten the healing effects of acupressure.

  • Deep breathing: Initiate your session by inhaling and exhaling deeply. This not only calms your mind but also prepares your body for the acupressure session, making it more receptive to the process.

  • Clean hands: Hygiene is essential. Ensure that your hands are clean before you start. This will prevent any potential infections, especially when dealing with sensitive areas.

  • Consistency is key: Regular application of these acupressure techniques is more beneficial than sporadic sessions. Aim to integrate these into your daily or weekly routine for a sustained impact.

While acupressure can be a powerful remedy, always remember to listen to your body. If a point feels overly sensitive or painful, adjust your pressure or consult a professional. Over time, with patience and practice, you can leverage these acupressure points effectively to find relief from UTI pain and bolster your overall urinary health.

Enhancing Your Journey: Acupressure with Moxa

The Moxa Acupressure App offers guided acupressure sessions to improve well-being and health. To further enhance your acupressure practice and overall well-being, consider exploring the Moxa Acupressure App. This innovative app offers a range of personalized sessions and rituals to restore balance in your body and improve your overall well-being.

The Moxa Acupressure App provides guidance in finding the right acupoints, pacing your sessions, and tracking your progress. Let technology support you in your acupressure journey, helping you navigate the world of traditional Chinese medicine with ease and convenience.

Embrace the power of acupressure and take charge of your urinary system health naturally. By incorporating these acupressure techniques into your wellness routine, you can find relief from urinary tract infections and support your overall well-being. Empower yourself with ancient wisdom and experience the transformative benefits of acupressure.

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