Gallbladder Acupressure Point 29 and Other Musings

I suspect the word "hip dip" came about and was targeted as a problem area by a very few unscrupulous characters in the health and fitness industry that knew they could profit off of young women's insecurities.

After spending a weekend immersed in energy medicine, tracing our meridian lines and applying tuning forks to acupressure points, it dawned on me that this thing some call a "hip dip" (their words, not mine) is nothing more than gallbladder acupressure point 29.

It's not exclusive to women. Men have this little divot too. It's simply where the leg flexions outward to the side. Important acupressure points are often found in dimples and divots around the body's landscape. It wouldn't matter how much weight a person lost. They would still have these divots. So there's no need to hate on this little divot that everyone has.

What can you do with your beautiful, newly discovered acupressure point? As Marianne Teitelbaum presents in her excellent book "Healing the Thyroid with Ayurveda", you can follow the gallbladder meridian down the outer jean-seam with firm pressure from your hip to your knee in a downward motion if you have a gallbladder that is giving you trouble after you eat certain foods. Common offenders are high fat, vitamins/supplements that are in oil capsules such as A, D, E, sometimes K, cold foods or beverages and overeating in general.

Gallbladder issues can also be caused by what you don't eat. I'm referring to the current trend of fasting. When we fast or lose weight too quickly, thinner bile is not delivered from the liver to the gallbladder and the old bile thickens and becomes sludgy, heightening the the risk of gallstone formation and entry into the cystic duct.

It's also for this reason that some women experience gallbladder pain and inflammation postpartum due to the rapid weight loss that can occur at this time.