Exercise #173 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 5

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“Tao produces them
Virtue raises them
Things shape them
Forces perfect them

Therefore all things respect the Tao and value virtue
The respect for Tao, the value of virtue
Not due to command but to constant nature.”

Tao Te Ching #51:1,2, translated at http://www.taoism.net


The following exercise is an acupressure routine to relieve the symptoms and discomfort of allergies.  You can use these points or a combination of them as often as you need to during the day or every day.  This combination is taken from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.  If you haven’t already, do purchase this wonderful book.  It is due to be released as an ebook in early November 2011.

 Acupressure allergy routine #1:

  1. Begin by sitting comfortably with your back supported by the back of your chair, feet shoulder-width apart.  Take 6 slow, thoughful breaths in and out through your nose (if possible).
  2. Rub and press with the thumb of one hand on the top of the other arm about 21/2 finger widths above the outer wrist crease.  This point is in the middle of the top of your arm.  Hold your thumb on this point for at least one full minute.
  3. See the illustration below:
  4.  Now , using your fingertips and the heel of your hand, grasp the muscles on both sides of the back of your neck and hold for no less than a full minute.
  5. Below is an illustration of the proper positioning of the hands on the back of your neck:
  6.  Remain seated for a few more minutes, breathing slowly in and out through your nose.  If you are still very congested use the additional acupressure point below to clear your sinuses and nasal passages.

Drilling Bamboo (B 2):

  • Locate the acupressure point labeled B2.
  • Press firmly on this point on both sides of your nose with the thumbs of your hands.
  • Continue pressure on these points for at least a full minute.  You may use these points frequently throughout the day if necessary.

Benefits:  This acupressure point is very effective in relieving sinus pain and pressure, headaches, blurry vision as well as red and watery eyes.

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.

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