Exercise #176 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 8

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“Yield and remain whole
Bend and remain straight
Be low and become filled
Be worn out and become renewed
Have little and receive
Have much and be confused
Therefore the sages hold to the one as an example for the world
Without flaunting themselves – and so are seen clearly
Without presuming themselves – and so are distinguished
Without praising themselves – and so have merit
Without boasting about themselves – and so are lasting.”

Tao Te Ching #22:1, translated at http://www.taoism.net


We continue this week with acupressure points and slow, thoughtful breathing to relieve allergies and clear the sinuses.   These acupressure points can be used frequently during the day when you are experiencing a stuffy nose and/or a headache brought about by head congestion.

Acupressure points GV 20 and GV 24.5:

  1. Begin by sitting as usual with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart, back against the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out slowly through your nose 6 times counting each breath.
  3. Place your fingers on the top of your head where your soft spot was when you were a baby.  With the middle finger of your other hand, press lightly between your eyebrows.
  4. Locate these 2 points on the illustration below from Michael Reed Gach’s Acupressure’s Potent Points.

5.  Breathe deeply while holding these points for no less than a full minute.

6. When you are finished, return your hands to your lap, close your eyes, and breathe in and out through your nose slowly and thoughfully 6 times.

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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Tips for improving breathing:  http://www.prevention.com/health/health/emotional-health/stress-and-circle-breath/article/f47a8169c1903110VgnVCM20000012281eac____

Natural remedies for better breathing:   http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/natural-anxiety-treatment.html

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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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