Acupressure Therapy to Relieve Ear Pain
Earaches can cause severe discomfort, especially in children. Earache or ear pain is called Otalgia. An earache can be a sharp, dull, or burning pain in one or both ears. The pain may be temporary or constant. Acupressure is proved an effective pain relief remedy for years and it may help you get relief from earn pain as well. This is especially useful when you are stricken with illness or pain and you can’t get to the doctor soon.
You could be having ear ache due to several reasons. You could have some sort of infection, excessive cold, or swimmer's ear. There are several generic remedies you can follow for any or all of these methods. Acupressure is often successful in alleviating the symptoms and speeding up full recovery by improving the function of immune system.
Typical sources of primary otalgia are external otitis, otitis media, mastoiditis, auricular infections. Tonsillitis and pharyngitis are also common causes of earaches in children.
Acupressure therapy to relieve ear pain:
These acupoints need to be treated to relieve ear pain:
Ear Points (Si19, GB2, TW21):
Location: Si9 is in the front of the ear hole in the hollow that becomes deeper when the mouth is open. GB2 is in the depression half finger-width below Si9. TW21 is in the depression half finger-width above Si9.
TW 17: Location: in the hollow behind the ear lobe.
GB 20: Location: just below the base of the scull, in the depression between the two major neck muscles.
K3 - This point is forbidden for pregnant women.
Location: in the hollow midway between inside anklebone and the Achilles tendon.
Note: Try acupressure therapy on all acupoints located at opposite side of body.
A earache typically occurs when the Eustachian tube gets clogged due to some sort of infection. This is usually a temporary problem, but if one suffers from earaches constantly for over a week, or if there is a shooting pain in the ear without ailments like fever, cold or a sore throat, the sufferer must consult a specialist immediately. However, to get relief from an earache instantly, acupressure can be used. This is an old Chinese method of medicine that requires one to press a few pressure points or potent points.
Get a picture or diagram and a description of pressure points used for ear pain and how to stimulate them. These points include areas of your earlobe, at the opening of your ear, on the back of your ear where it meets your head and on your ankle. Once you know the correct way to apply pressure to the points, you can treat yourself at home as needed.
Treat yourself or your child for earaches by starting with the pressure point that is farthest away from the ear itself. Slowly work your way to the points that are located where the patient is experiencing the pain, as these areas may be very tender to the touch. If one pressure point seems to relieve pain more than another, focus on that point for a longer period of time.
Dr. Hilary Talbott, Director of Oriental Medicine offers certain acupressure techniques to relieve ear pain.