Try This Easy 6-Minute Acupressure Exercise for Allergy Relief (Video)

Relieve allergy symptoms, sinus pressure

woman doing acupressure on herself

If you have sinus pressure related to allergies, here’s a remedy you may not have considered before: acupressure.

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Many of us are familiar with the concept of acupuncture, the ancient Chinese method of healthcare involving thin needles, which are inserted into various points in the body to treat or prevent illness. But far fewer have heard of acupressure, a complementary treatment to acupuncture. But it doesn’t involve any needles.

Both acupuncture and acupressure rely on stimulating hundreds of “acu-points” along the body’s 14 meridians, or energy-carrying channels. People use them as an adjunct to traditional medicine or seek out these therapies if medication doesn’t work. They can be used to treat stress and anxiety, migraines, allergies, nausea, vomiting, pain and more.

You can do acupressure yourself, at home or work. You simply apply pressure with the fingers or another small object to the same points targeted through acupuncture.

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Acupressure for allergies

If you have allergy or sinus problems, using acupressure only takes about six minutes.

The video below shows exactly where to press with a simple demonstration. There are two places on your face where you can apply gentle, firm pressure.

The first one involves using the index fingers of each hand and pressing at the base of your nose. This relieves pressure in your sinuses. The second involves pressing at the top of each of your inner eyebrows. Doing this helps relieve pressure in your forehead.

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You should spend about three minutes holding each point. Watch this video to see how to do it.

Acupressure is easy to learn, safe, effective and costs nothing. It can help relieve symptoms of sinus pressure and allergies.

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Jamie Starkey, LAc

Jamie Starkey is Lead Acupuncturist at the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Integrative Medicine, where she bridges the worlds of Eastern and Western medical philosophy.