Simple Chinese Medical Techniques to Relieve Stuffed Nose and Other Respiratory Symptoms

The change of season can often set off a variety of respiratory discomforts, such as coughing, nasal congestion, nose bleed and dry throat. These symptoms can have various causes, whether its cold, flu or allergy and are especially prevalent in the winter because that is the time when the body's immune system is at its weakest and the body is most susceptible to attacks. When the symptoms occur, people usually turn to OTC drugs for relief, but this relief is only temporary and often comes with side effects. An alternative method is available with confirmed effectiveness and zero side effects. It is based on the principles of Chinese traditional medicine which associates specific pressure points on the body with major functional systems like digestion, respiration and circulation, that by direct stimulation of these pressure points, stimulation of internal organs and organ systems are achieved and the systems are brought back to optimal function.

Three Pressure Points for Respiratory Relief

  • Yu Ji Point: The midpoint of thenar (the mass of muscle on each palm at the base of the thumbs). This point is linked to the functions of the lung in Chinese traditional medicine. The stimulation of this point can help to improve lung function, clear airways and relieve coughing and asthma. 
  • Ying Xiang Point: The midpoint of the outer crease of the nostrils. This point functions to relieve all nasal inflammations and congestion, stop nose bleeds and elevate the sense of smell.
  • Upper Ying Xiang  Point: The upper end point of the nostrils, where the nasal flare meets the sides of the nose bridge. This point has similar functions as the Ying Xiang Point, and is often used in conjunction with the Ying Xiang Point to relieve of sinusitis and other nasal symptoms. It is also associated with the functions of the large intestines.

The Technique

  1. Rub the Yu Ji Point on each palm against each other quickly for 30 seconds or until the areas become hot.
  2. Inter-cross fingers so that thenar muscles on each palm form a up-side-down "V" and the Yu Ji Points face each other.  
  3. Immediately press the heated area to the side of the nose where Ying Xiang Point and Upper Ying Xiang Point are located. Press hard onto the region, and rub up and down from Ying Xiang Point to Upper Ying Xiang Point  rapidly 10 to 20 times.
  4. Repeat the above three steps again for 3 minutes.

This totally quick and painless procedure has been confirmed to offer immediate relief to nasal congestion, and long-term daily practice of which has also been found to effectively reduce and prevent the onset of sinusitis, cold and allergies, and best of all, it has absolutely zero side effects. So why not give it a try? A three-minute per-day investment seems quite worth the result of effortless breathing and a clear lung.  

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