For as long as I can remember, seasonal allergies and chronic migraines have been nagging medical concerns of mine that struggled to improve with any sort of medication. It was only in 2011, a year after starting acupressure, that I saw any improvement with these issues. This alternative treatment has not only eradicated any dependency on prescription medicine, but also improved my overall internal health and well-being.
Acupressure, similar to acupuncture, is based on the principle that a person must maintain a healthy balance and flow of energy (qi) to stay well, according to the Acupuncture Massage College, a massage therapy program in Florida. Instead of inserting needles at certain points along the body to stimulate internal systems, acupressure relies on pressing on the same areas to achieve similar results. As explained in Swami Ramdev’s Yog, if energy – often referred to as chi or qi – is blocked along any of those pathways, various health concerns can emerge.
I was introduced to the benefits of acupressure by a friend who had seen some improvements in some stomach and digestion issues. I started doing my own research and learned, according to acupressure practitioner F.M. Houston’s The Healing Benefits of Acupressure, “When the pressure is put on different points situated in the body, hands, and legs, pain is experienced, from there the related organs are leaking and in other words going out of the body. When we put pressure on these points, the electricity does not go out. With the stoppage of leakage, the electric power supply to the related body organs becomes normal, and the diseases are cured.” Simply put, acupressure stimulates the meridian system to bring physical relief by rebalancing the qi.
Traditional Chinese medicine suggests there are many anti-allergy acupressure points throughout the body. The meridian system mimics the flow of rivers; let’s say a tree fell in the river, the flow of water is immediately disrupted. That blockage ultimately affects every part of the river. For the human body, symptoms can range from fatigue to pain. Acupressure helps to remove that blockage, the disruption, to allow for energy to flow smoothly and result in improved overall health.
Here are three points that I focus on during my daily six-minute morning routine, with each pressure point receiving on-and-off pressure for two minutes.
Duration of Pressure: The pressure should be placed on the points for 30 seconds to two minutes at a time – normally done twice a day.
Point No. 1 – Large Intestine 4: This point between the bones of the thumb and index finger, known as ‘large intestine 4’ in the meridian system, has been proven to treat headaches, sneezing, and itching.
Point No. 2 – Triple Energizer 5: This point on the outside of the forearm is known to balance out the energy in the top half and bottom half of the body, affecting hormones, fluid metabolism, and digestion. This meridian pressure point is used to improve the immune system in general, which naturally alleviates allergy symptoms.
Point No. 3 – Kidney 27: Known as one of the ‘master points,’ the two spots right under the collarbone act to strengthen the immune system. This acupressure point helps to relieve allergic reactions to the chest, including asthma, coughing, and sore throats.
A 2002 study showed the ‘significant improvements in FPS (nasal and non-nasal symptoms)’ through acupuncture and acupressure treatments. Beyond allergy relief, though, the benefits are seemingly endless. A study organized by the International Journal of Nursing Studies in 2015 showed the effects of acupressure on depression, anxiety, and stress. Breast cancer survivors in a recent study said they had improved quality of sleep and less overall fatigue after self-administering acupressure. Another study, this one from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, showed the complementary effects of acupressure for cancer patients. A study from 2006 showed the impacts of acupressure on lower back pain. The list goes on.
The three pressure points listed above – administered regularly over a seven-year period – have had an incredible impact on my overall health. I’ll be the first to tell you that I had severe doubts about the potential effectiveness of acupressure. How could just pressing a few parts of the body do anything? Well, I used to get allergy shots all through high school; the only true progress my immune system made towards allergy relief came after months of acupressure. The proof is in the results. And not just mine.
Video List to Get Started:
8 Acupressure Points to Relieve Allergy Symptoms – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2WdDQKkuRo&feature=youtu.be
Meridian System: What Is It & How It Powerfully Affects Our Health – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQciD6npBHE