Acupressure for Chest Congestion

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Acupressure techniques using the Ren 17 and Lung 1 points can open up the chest and relieve congestion, especially when paired with essential oils such as camphor, peppermint and eucalyptus. Breathe more easily with the aid of this free video on basic acupressure techniques.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist. Today, I will be showing you acupressure points to alleviate chest congestion. Now, we all remember, when we were little, and our mom, if we had like, a cough or bronchitis, or something. Our mom would rub eucalyptus or Vicks VapoRub on our chest, to open up the airways. And that's actually not an old wives' tale, that works. So, right here, I've got my little blend of essential oils, that has camphor, eucalyptus and some peppermint in it. So, I'm going to use this, while I stimulate the acupressure point, it's kind of, for like a double whammy. Ren-17 is the first point that I'm going to be stimulating. It's located in the center of the chest, between the nipples, and it's usually quite tender. So, I'm just going to press right here. And if you take some deep breaths while you use the oil on these acupressure points. It also helps to open up the chest, by just how the lungs function. And then, another acupressure point that's really great with chest congestion and even pneumonia, is Lung-1. And Lung-1 is located on either side, underneath the collar bone, kind of, at the top of the chest. And there's actually a little, a little a divot on the some people, right here. So, it's kind of, like a little triangle area. And you can feel when you push your finger in there, that you're in the right spot. Because it immediately kind of, opens up all the muscular and back side of the chest. And then, if you're having chest congestion, it's never a bad idea to inhale some of these essential oils. And try and actually open up the chest from the inside-out. If you're experiencing chest depression or chest congestion for more than a couple days. I encourage you seek out your local acupuncture physician, so that you can remedy this immediately. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for chest congestion.

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