Acupressure Points for Colds

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Colds, often called "wind colds" by the Chinese, may first manifest themselves as a stiff neck, but the manipulation of the Bladder 10 and Gallbladder 20 acupressure points can keep that cold from getting worse. Put your cold on ice with the help of this free video on basic acupressure techniques.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, Acupuncture Physician and Clinical Herbalist. Today, we will be discussing acupressure for treating colds. So, I'm going to show you a couple of points located at the base of the skull or the occiput today that are essential for helping to stop a cold before it gets really, started in full blown. So, a lot of times when we get sick, we get what the Chinese refer to as a wind cold. So, the wind that actually, so the package and it's carried in by the wind and in vase through the skin in the back of the neck in the sensitive area. Now, this is referred, then, like a flu or allergies. This is just a basic cold and the kind of the cardinal symptom is that your neck locks up. So, you might wake up with a stiff neck, and then all of a sudden some body aches set in and maybe some sneezing or just a overall feeling of malaise. And that's when you know that these points will be effective for you. And the points are bladder 10 which is located just at the base of the skull, from the centerline there are about two finger breaths out and there in a little bit divot, in a divot and they're actually quite tender a lot of the time. And then another important point is gallbladder 20 which is just lateral to this on the other side of this muscle right here and it's also in a divot and is generally quite, quite sensitive. So, you can actually stimulate both of these points at the same time with your pointer and middle finger or even use your thumb and just kind of dig up in that point. And if you do this for a couple of minutes at a time and then give it a break and continue with it, a lot of times it'll unlock all these pain and tension that you're feeling in the neck and actually prevent the cold from traveling around into the sinus cavities and the nasal area. Like I said, this is good as soon as you catch it. So, keep this point in your repertoire as soon as you start to not feel well; stimulate this point, and then get yourself into your local acupuncture physician so that they can prescribe proper herbs to stop the cold that are in its tracks before it puts you down for a week. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for treating colds.

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