Sunday, March 25, 2012

Acu-Pressure for Allergies

Mary Oleksowicz, MSTOM, L. Ac., Adjunct Faculty,  Kaplan University

Hello again !! I hope you found some helpful ideas in the previous allergy blog . As promised , this time we will review some useful acupressure points that will address some of the most common allergy related symptoms as well as some that will generally tonify your body.

Acupuncture point: LI20- located on the Large Intestine Meridian, located on either side of your nose about 1/8 of an inch from the tip (where your nose and your face meet). ST3-Can also be located by placing your middle finger next to the location of your index finger.Press upward on these points and breathe deeply while you hold your fingers in place for no less than a full minute.

Symptoms: Sinus congestion


Acupunture point: UB2- located on the Bladder Meridian  directly above the inner corner of the eye on the inside end of the eyebrow (you will feel a little notch in the bone there and it will be quite sore if your sinuses are inflammed). Manipulate with moderate pressure .

Symptoms : Sinus congestion and runny nose

Acupuncture point: LU7- located on the Lung meridian , about 1.5 fingers width above your wrist crease, just after the styloid process of the radius. Generally found by sliding your finger from the thumb side of your wrist crease over the styloid process and press where it is  sore.

Symptoms: Sneezing , runny nose , sore throat, general " lung " health.

Acupuncture point: LI4- located on the Large Intestine Meridian, located in the middle of the web between your thumb and forefinger. Generally found by sliding your finger from the joint of your index finger towards your wrist stopping in the depression where the thumb and the index finger bones meet and pressing where  it is the most tender.

Symptoms : It is the command point of the head and face . It is very helpful for  headaches in the front of the head( not only sinus related) ,  and general pain  Contraindications: Do not use if pregnant

 Acupuncture point: ST36- Located on the Stomach Meridian , one hands breadth below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.

Symptoms: Preventative!! Tonifies Wei Qi ( a concept similar to Western “Immunity") and is thought to increase overall health .

 Each point should be held for 30-60 seconds and you can repeat the sequence or individual points 2-3 times a day when experiencing allergy symptoms.

I hope you find this information useful . Next time, we will review nutritional recommendations and additional therapies for allergy management .


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