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Acupressure for Cold

Acupressure helps your body expel cold viruses more quickly, and it can provide relief from congestion and muscle aches.

For a cold with a dry cough and fever, use pressure points in the depressions directly below the protrusions on the left and right sides of the collarbone (K 27), underneath the base of the skull, two inches out from the middle of your neck (Gall Bladder 20), and at the outer edge of each elbow crease (Large Intestine 11).

To work these points, follow this sequence: Starting with K 27, press both points for one minute while breathing slowly and deeply. Move to Gall Bladder 20 and press both points with the thumbs for one minute. Then move to Large Intestine 11, stimulating one of the points with the middle finger of your opposite hand for one minute before switching hands. Then return to K 27 and repeat the entire sequence. This should be done at least three times a day for maximum relief.

For sniffly, sneezy cold symptoms, apply one minute of pressure each on points:

Large Intestine 4: This point is located in the webbing between the thumb and index finger. Relieves congestion and headaches. 

Large Intestine 20: This point can be found on the face just beside the nostrils. (either cheek in the groove beside each nostril.)

 Bladder 2: This is located in the upper ridges of the eye sockets, close to the bridge of the nose.

Caution: If you are pregnant, avoid pressure point
Large Intestine 4, because stimulating this point can activate uterine contractions.

Other Salient Points

Apply steady, penetrating finger pressure to each of the following points for 3 minutes.

Stomach 3: This relieves congestion and itchy eyes. It's located at the bottom of either cheekbone, directly below your pupil.

Bladder 11, 12, 13, and 14: These clear and balance a distressed respiratory system.

Lung 7 clears upper respiratory tract infections. 

Points along either side of the spine improve circulation, relax the nervous system, and balance the respiratory system. 

See Also:

Acupressure for Flu

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