Acupressure for Nasal Congestion

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Nasal congestion resulting from allergies, colds or flu can respond well to the stimulation of acupressure points Bi Tung and Intestine 20, both located near the base of the nose. Breathe easier 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, we will be discussing acupressure for nasal congestion. Now, all of us get stuffed up from time to time, whether we have allergies, or we're just coming out on a cold and flu season; so, I'm going to show you just a couple of local points here on the face. So, before you touch the face, you always want to make sure that you wash your hands, 'cause then you end up with another problem called acne. You don't. So, I'm going to stimulate and extra point called Bi Tung and a point called large intestine 20. And they're located on just where the bottom of the nose comes together and the outside of the crease comes together. So, kind of in this divot along here. And you just want to use your pointer finger 'cause the face is often sensitive, and you want to use about as much pressure as you can stand. And this is going to help locally to open up the nasal cavity so that you can breath and you might try stimulating one side while you're breath in through the nose and out through the mouth to see if it's actually working on you. And then, the bladder channel itself is also very helpful. So, the bladder channel actually starts inside in the inner canthus of the eye. So, we're going to start at bladder 2, right in here in the medial portion of the eyebrow. There's a little divot here which is actually sinus cavity. And you're going to start by massaging that and then, you're just going to follow the channel back up into the skull. And a lot of times just opening, working on this channel will release all the sinus cavities of the entire face. And so these, right here, right behind the, the hairline will, bladder 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 will also be quite painful a lot of times if you're congested. So, you just want to find which ones are tender and that's kind of a sign to you that those are the ones that you need to massage. I'm often find that bladder 7 which is located a little bit further back, fairly close to the vertex, the point of the head are the most effective for releasing the entire channel. And if the fingers aren't enough, you can just use a stroking motion with the thumbs where we pull back through the whole bladder channel. This of course is great if you know, you need instant relief, you can do it on yourself. But I think this always feels better when somebody else is doing on it instead of doing it on you. So, if you can convince a love one to do this, it can definitely relieve a headache that's associated with sinus congestion and help you breath better. If your sinus problems are chronic, I encourage you to seek out an acupuncture physician because it can be as simple as a few treatments and an herbal prescription tailored to you to fix a long standing problem. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for nasal congestion.


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