If you're suffering from a stuffy nose, you may have tried lots of different remedies to relieve your blocked nose. Pills and nasal sprays are common treatments, but they can also have unwanted side effects like drowsiness or nausea. There are other ways to treat a stuffy nose that can be just as effective without these side effects, and the solution may be simpler than you think. Sinus pressure points in the face help open up your sinuses and relieve the pressure from a stuffy nose. Here's how to stop a stuffy nose with pressure points!
What are Sinus Pressure Points?
Sinus pressure points are specific areas in your face that can help you relieve sinus pain. These small, distinctive spots, also known as acupressure points, can be easily stimulated by pressing or rubbing them. By doing so, you'll be able to reduce sinus pain and discomfort. They work by helping drain fluid from your sinuses and increasing blood flow, which helps clear out mucus.
Finding Your Sinus Pressure Points
There are many pressure points all over your body that you can use to treat conditions; the central pressure points that may help with sinus congestion or pain are in the face.
The following table lists each point's names, locations, and benefits. Note that the measurement "cun" refers to what acupuncturists also call a person's "body inch" — the distance between the two joints of the middle finger.
Here are the main acupressure points for sinus relief and how to find them:
|LI20||The large intestine 20 (LI20) acupressure points are found on the face, on both sides of the base of your nose.|
|BL2||The bladder 2 (BL2) pressure points are located between the bridge of your nose and the inner side of your upper eyelid.|
|Yintang||The acupressure point GV24.5 is better known as Yintang. It's often called the third eye point because it's located between the eyebrows. This single acupressure point helps to relieve a stuffy or runny nose and sinus headache pain.|
|SI18||The small intestine 18 (SI18) points are on both sides of your nose, just below the cheekbones. These points are used to help soothe swollen sinuses and a runny nose.|
|GB20||The gallbladder 20 (GB20) points are on the back of your head. They're located in the grooves at the back of your head, where your neck muscles attach to your head. These acupressure points are used for sinus pressure symptoms, like headache and watery eyes, and cold and flu symptoms.|
|LI4||The He Gu or large intestine 4 (LI4) points are on the back of your hands. They're connected to the large intestine and may help soothe headaches and facial pain from sinus problems.|
|LU5||The lung meridian 5 (LU5) points are located on the inside of each elbow. These points help relieve sinus congestion and pressure, which may help relieve pain and a runny nose. The LU5 points are also linked to your lungs and breathing.|
|LU9||The lung meridian 9 (LU9) points can be found on the inside of each wrist. They're used to relieve throat symptoms from a sinus infection.|
|Liv3||The liver 3 (Liv3) or Tai Chong pressure points are on your feet, just back from your big toes. They're linked to your liver and used to relieve headaches and pain around your eyes.|
Acupressure can help your sinus symptoms. It can't cure a severe infection. You might still need medical treatment if you have a bacterial sinus infection. A sinus infection can also be caused by a virus-like the flu or a cold. If your sinus symptoms are caused by allergies, it may help avoid allergen triggers like pollen and dust. Ask your doctor about the best over-the-counter medications for allergy relief. You may need to apply pressure on the points several times a day for several days before you find relief from sinus symptoms.
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