Exercise #81 – Clearing Head Congestion 1


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“Sometimes breathing is hard,
sometimes it comes easily;
Sometimes there is strength and
sometimes weakness;
Sometimes one is up and sometimes
Tao Te Ching #29

Clearing Head Congestion

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This exercise will help relieve earaches, head congestion and plugged ears due to a cold or the flu.  It can be used often without any adverse effects.  However, you may not be able to do this exercise if you wear hearing aides.  As always, consult your health care provider.

Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart to allow your energy to flow freely.  Your back should be supported by the back of your chair.  Don’t worry about timing your breathing with your movements for this exercise.

  1. Using your thumbs, rub behind your ears in the general area of the mastoids.
  2. Continue to rub briskly for a full minute. 
  3. Then, cup your ears with your hands and release continuing for a total of 12 times.  
  4. Repeat the behind-the-ear rub then cup your ears again.
  5. Complete your session by sitting quietly with your eyes closed and breathe in and out slowly with concentration for a minute or two.

Try any of the acupressure points in front of the ear (Ear Gate, TW21, Listening Place, SI19 or Reunion of Hearing, GB2) to supplement your session.

3 ear points
(illustration from Acupressure’s Potent Point)
  • Find the small depression directly in front of the ear.  This point is the Listening Place (SI 19).  One half inch above this point is Ear Gate (TW 21), while Reunion of Hearing (GB 2) is one half inch below.
  • Press on any of these points on both ears or on all of them with the pads of your indes, middle and ring fingers.
  • Hold these points for 3 minutes while breathing slowly and with concentration.

Benefits:  These points will relieve headaches, toothaches, earaches, hearing problems or TMJ.

Don’t forget to drink water at the end of your exercise session or any time you begin to feel thirsty.  A Word of Caution…If you have or have had problems with your kidneys, please consult your physician.


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