Acupressure Sinus Benefits - Discussion

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Acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine bodywork technique based on the same ideas as acupuncture, can be used to treat a variety of sinus conditions.

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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.

In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. Taking these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of certain holistic remedies.

During treatment, pressure is applied to various points along the meridian system. An ancient Chinese idea, the meridian system consists of twelve meridians, all that create a network map of points connecting the various portions of the body along which qi or chi (energy) flows.

Also called pressure point massage, acupressure differs from allopathy (Western medicine) mainly because of this meridian system idea. The meridian system, somewhat similar to the chakra system in Ayurvedic and ancient Indian yogic systems, cannot be seen (unlike the circulatory or nervous systems), but nonetheless allows energy to flow along specific pathways in the body.

The points for acupressure sinus relief mirror those of acupuncture, and therapies correspond, though of course without the use of needles. As a general consideration, the location of the points should be followed as closely as possible. When in doubt as to the proper location, consult an acupressure text with graphic representation of the meridian system, or consult an acupressure therapist.

Also, be aware that the exact location can vary by individual, due to certain postural habits or injuries. Persist in testing the appropriate area, within about one inch of the location described.

For acupressure sinus relief, several points can be massaged when sinus trouble surfaces. The major sinus relief points lie along either side of the nose, near the nostrils and on the “laugh lines” of the face. In acupressure texts, they are referred to as Stomach 3 (all pressure points have somewhat incongruous names, based on the meridian systems and the corresponding bodily areas they link to, which are often quite far away).

Large intestine 20 lies slightly lower, and is especially beneficial for treating a runny nose. Like many pressure points, these are bilateral, so they should be massaged simultaneously. Other points used to relieve sinus pressure or pain include the sides of the bridge of the nose, and between the eyebrows at the forehead center (interestingly also the location of third eye chakra in yogic philosophy).

More acupressure sinus relief points - cold and sore throat symptoms can be relieved by placing thumb and fore finger on the wrist (as if you were taking a pulse) and then sliding the fingers up the forearm.

Sinus and cold headaches respond to the pressure point located where the index finger and thumb join, on the inside of the palm. Massage these acupressure sinus relief areas for one to three minutes, until relief. One can use the tip of a finger, eraser head or similar tool for best effects, to specifically target the pressure point.

Finally, if bouts of sinusitis occur frequently even after using acupressure sinus relief techniques, evaluate your diet. Mucus and phlegm can be linked to improper diet. Avoid dairy products, peanuts and bananas until the condition clear up. Also try to limit coffee, alcohol, or hot and spicy foods, which can make mucus thicker and sticky.

As with many natural therapies, optimal results can be achieved when you are in a state of concentrated or focused tranquility. Sensory information can flow unobstructed when muscles, tissues and neural pathways remain relaxed, rather than tense or constricted. Visualization will help in this respect.

Many sinus conditions can also be avoided with preventative measures, including avoiding drafts and proximity to air conditioning units. Be sure to wrap yourself adequately after a shower, bath, or extended exercise. Air pollution, too, can negatively affect the sinus area, so urban dwellers should practice healing breath techniques to condition the airways and nasal passages.

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