Monday, November 02, 2015

Acupressure Points that’ll Help You Treat Flu Symptoms



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 Acupressure points are a great alternative treatment for various ailments and symptoms, with cold and flu symptoms being no exception. We usually catch the flu when our immune system is compromised and cannot protect us from it efficiently.In addition there are environmental causes, in particular cold and dry weather.
 While acupressure cannot heal the flu itself, it will help you deal with most of the unpleasant aspects of it, such as nasal irritation and sneezing, sore throat, congestion, headaches, general weakness, and coughing. It’s important to remember that acupressure cannot replace medical care, but serves to complement it, in order to speed up the healing process.Some of these  can be performed on a daily basis to strengthen the immune system and prevent catching that cold in the first place.

Drilling Bamboo

The “Drilling Bamboo” pressure point is one of the most effective when it comes to dealing with a cold or the flu. It is located in the eye socket, at the spot where the eyebrows meet the bridge of the nose. Apply pressure to both sides for a few minutes to relieve cold symptoms, fever, sinus congestion, and headaches that manifest in the front of the head. In addition, this point can help with eye-strain related pains and tiredness.

2. Facial Beauty

If your nose is congested, the “Facial Beauty” acupressure point is the most effective method to decongest it. The points are located at the bottom of the cheekbones, in parallel to the pupils. Apply medium pressure to both cheeks to relieve congestion and related headaches. This point will also help in relieving a burning sensation in the eyes, and “heavy” eyelids.

3. Lower Intestine 4

When it comes to flu symptoms, the “Lower Intestine 4” point is your best friend. Located on the back of the hand, between the thumb and the forefinger, it requires mild pressure to be applied by using your other thumb and forefinger. This treatment will also help in cases of constipation. However, pregnant women should avoid this pressure point.

4. Lower Intestine 11

 “Lower Intestine 11” is also effective in treating both flu and cold symptoms. This pressure point is located near the elbow, on the outer side of joint. When you’re feeling ill, apply pressure to this spot using your thumb. Repeat daily for maximum results. This point also provides a boost for the immune system, and it is recommended that you activate it even if you’re not sick, as a preventative measure.

5. Lower Intestine 20

A common pressure point in alternative medicine, “Lower Intestine 20” is located directly by the outer edges of the nostrils. To activate it, apply pressure on both sides of the nose simultaneously, and then massage the area for a couple of minutes. This pressure points is great for treating various nasal obstructions, facial inflammations, and sinus congestion.

6. Bearing Support

Another effective pressure point for dealing with cold and flu symptoms is the “Bearing Support”. It is located in the upper back, between the shoulder blades and the spine, so you may need the help of another person to activate this spot. Alternatively, you can try lying down on two tennis balls, and use them to massage the area. Apply pressure to the bearing support every day, even if you’re not sick, to boost your immune system and strengthen your body’s ability to resist cold symptoms.

7. Elegant Mansion
When it comes to respiratory issues, your best bet is the “Elegant Mansion” pressure point. Located in the hollow between the collarbones and the breastbone, and is activated by applying light pressure to  both sides simultaneously. The elegant Mansion will relieve respiratory issues, coughing, sore throat, and the sensation of pressure in the chest.

8. Third Eye

The “Third Eye” is a very common treatment spot for various ailments in Chinese acupuncture. The pressure point is located on the forehead, right between the eyebrows. Use your thumb to apply medium pressure to lower a fever, clear up a congested nose, and relieve congestion-related headaches.

Other than all these, what I've found quite effective to prevent cold and flu symptoms is peeling an onion, cutting into 1/2 a small onion in a small open dish in the bed room, where we normally spend most of our time,especially when feeling low, as I found it prevents from a cold/ flu attack. Keep the onion for 3-4 days, then you'll see that it has turned black, don't touch it, throw it away, as it contains the germs.

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