Applying self-pressure to the perineum (area between the anus and genitals) significantly reduced constipation for 72% of adults in a recent study. Patients also used traditional methods, such as increased fiber intake and stool softeners, but those who added this form of daily acupressure saw the most improvement.

 How it works: Applying moderate pressure to the perineum for even a few seconds when you feel the urge to defecate can break up stools and relax the anal sphincter muscles.