Exercise #169 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 1

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“In governing people and serving Heaven
There is nothing like conservation
Only with conservation is it called submitting early
Submitting early is called emphasis on accumulating virtues
Accumulating virtues means there is nothing one cannot overcome
When there is nothing that one cannot overcome
One’s limits are unknown
The limitations being unknown, one can possess sovereignty
With this mother principle of power, one can be everlasting
This is called deep roots and firm foundation
The Tao of longevity and lasting vision.”

Tao Te Ching #59, translated at http://www.taosim.net


It’s that time of the year again when those of us with allergies and sinus problems suffer with stuffy noses and post-nasal drip. Antihistamine tablets and Neti pots help to relieve the symptoms but only for a period of time.  For the next few posts we will be practicing breathing exercises to supplement and, hopefully, to extend relief from nasal distress and sore throats.

Alternate nostril exercise:

  1. Begin by sitting comfortably in your favorite chair, back against the back of the chair and feet on the floor.
  2. Using a finger, hold one nostril shut as you breathe in slowly through the other.  Now, release the other nostril and breathe out slowly through it.
  3. Continue breathing in through one nostril for 6 repetitions and out through the other.
  4. Change sides and breathe in through the nostril you were breathing out of in steps 2 and 3.  Repeat for 6 times.
  5. At any time during the day when your nose begins to feel stuffy, use this alternating nostril exercise to clear the congestion.

Joining the Valley (LI 4):


  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the acupressure point labeled LI4.  Breathe in and out through your nose slowly as you stimulate this acupressure point.
  • Squeeze on the webbing between the thumb and index finger on one hand with the thumb and index finger of the other.  Continue to press firmly on this point for at least a full minute.  Change hands and repeat on the other.

Warning:  This acupressure point should not be used by pregnant women.

Benefits:  This effective point helps to relieve a variety of different allergies and allergic reactions.  This point may also be used to stop sneezing and for headaches.

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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The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.


3 thoughts on “Exercise #169 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 1

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for your article on Tai Chi. I have always been interested in natural methods to help the healing process. I have suffered from sinus problems for a long time and have seen some great results from a couple of different natural methods. I didn’t think about tryinbg TaiChi but certainly will now.

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