Acupressure DIY at Home
Congestion or stuffy nose, refers to the blockage of nasal passages that occurs when the membranes lining the nose becomes swollen from irritated and inflamed blood vessels. Frequently, the irritation will result in excess mucus production (manifesting as a runny nose) to flush out whatever is causing the irritation, such as an allergen. Nasal congestion is usually caused by the flu, colds, allergies, or even nose injuries or structural abnormalities such as a deviated septum.
If you suffer from Nasal Congestion, try the following tips:
- Keep it moist, drying it out will cause further irritation
- Use a humidifier or vaporizer
- Apply a warm moist towel over your face several times a day to soothe and open your nasal passage
- Flush out your nasal passage with distilled or sterile water (or use store-bought devices that are designed to flush out the nasal passage)
You should see your primary care physician if you have nasal congestion for more than seven days or if your symptoms are severe. No matter the cause, if your symptoms are do not resolve itself within 7 days, it is likely that you are dealing with a condition that needs medical treatment.
These Acupressure points should be stimulated with moderate pressure and should be stimulated frequently throughout the day! Stimulate each point with your thumb and/or index finger for at least a minute before moving on to the next point!
Try Massaging the Acupressure Points Below to Help Alleviate Ringing in the Ears.
- LI 20 (Ying Xiang) : This point is located on the face, in the nasolabial groove (smile line), beside the midpoint of the lateral border of the ala nasi.
- LI 4 (He Gu) : This point is located on the top of the hand, on the web between the thumb and index finger. Squeeze the thumb against the base of the index finger, and this point is located on the highest point of the bulge of the muscle, level with the end of the crease. This point is not to be used during pregnancy.
- Bi Tong : On the region of the face, at the junction of the cartilage of the ala nasi and the nasal concha, near the upper end of the asolabial groove.
- ST 36 (Zhu San Li) : This point is located on the front of the leg, *3 cun below the kneecap, on the lateral side of the leg, in the depression between the shinbone and the leg muscle.
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Disclaimer: This information is intended as a patient education resource only and should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem as it is not a substitute for expert professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, please consult your health care provider.
*A Cun is the traditional Chinese unit of length. The measurement of 3 cun is the width of the 4 fingers held together, from the dorsal aspect, at the level of the interphalangeal joint of the middle finger.
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