Effective Remedy for Flu and Cold in Acupressure Therapy
Acupressure therapy is an effective remedy to tackle the conditions related to flu and cold. As most of us know, there is no cure for the common cold, but acupressure can promote quicker healing from this virus. Acupressure helps our body expel cold viruses more quickly, and it can provide relief from congestion and muscle aches. As acupressure can help to stimulate blood circulation throughout the body and can strengthen the immune system, it is evident that it can help with treating, and possibly even preventing, the common cold.
The common cold is quite common year round. A person is more susceptible to catching the dreaded common cold when he or she is run down and the immune system is thus not as strong as it needs to be to fight off viruses, most commonly the rhinovirus. Symptoms include sore throat, sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, coughing and fatigue.
Many people like using acupressure because it is noninvasive, can be performed on oneself (or by someone else, preferably a trained professional), and can provide relatively rapid results.
Acupressure involves pressing several points on the body to help address issues around the common cold. The patient does not need to use all of these and can experiment, based on which symptoms are present.
Acupressure points to get relief from flu and cold:
B36: Upper back, between the spine and the tips of the shoulder blades
Symptoms: Weakened immune system (stimulating this point can activate the body’s resistance to colds)
B2: Indentations of eye sockets, on either side of where nose bridge meets ridge of eyebrows.
Symptoms: Sinus congestion, frontal headache
St 3: Bottom of cheekbone, directly below pupil: Stuffy nose, head congestion, burning eyes, eye fatigue, eye pressure
LI20: Either cheek, just outside each nostril.
Symptoms: Nasal congestion, sinus pain
LI11: Outer end of elbow crease: General cold symptoms
LI4: Highest spot of muscle on back of hand that protrudes when thumb and index finger are close together.
Symtoms: Head congestion, headache.(CAUTION: If you are pregnant, avoid LI4, because stimulating this point could prompt contractions of the uterus.)
GB20:Gates of Consciousness: Below base of skull, in hollows on both sides, two to three inches apart depending on size of head.
Symptoms: Headache, head congestion
GV16:Wind Mansion- Center of back of head, in large hollow under base of skull.
Symptoms: Head congestion, red eyes, headache
GV24.5:Third Eye Point. Directly between eyebrows, in indentation where bridge of nose meets center of forehead
Symptoms: Head congestion, stuffy nose, headache
K27: Elegant Mansion. Hollow below collarbone next to breastbone. Points along either side of the spine improve circulation, relax the nervous system, and balance the respiratory system.
Symptoms: Chest congestion, breathing difficulty, coughing, sore throat, cold with a dry cough and fever.
Blocked Nose : In case of cold and sinus, many times the nose gets blocked. Take treatment for 2 to 3 minutes on the point of forehead and on the point on both the sides of the nose for immediate relief.
For a cold with a dry cough and fever: Use pressure points in the depressions directly below the protrusions on the left and right sides of the collarbone (K 27), underneath the base of the skull, two inches out from the middle of your neck (Gall Bladder 20), and at the outer edge of each elbow crease (Large Intestine 11).
To work these points, follow this sequence: Starting with K 27, press both points for one minute while breathing slowly and deeply. Move to Gall Bladder 20 and press both points with the thumbs for one minute. Then move to Large Intestine 11, stimulating one of the points with the middle finger of your opposite hand for one minute before switching hands. Then return to K 27 and repeat the entire sequence. This should be done at least three times a day for maximum relief.
The best strategy is to try acupressure at the first signs of the common cold; however, acupressure can be used at any stage of a cold. It can also be beneficial as a preventive measure, to strengthen the immune system and decrease the chance of coming down with the common cold.
* When using acupressure to treat colds and the flu, the symptoms may appear to worsen. You're working the virus through your body faster and healing faster than usual.
* If your symptoms do not become better in a few days or if you're having difficulty breathing, contact health professional.
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