A stuffy nose or nasal congestion is caused due to inflammation in sinuses, especially when acute allergies block them and the regular drainage of mucous is inhibited. It is a common symptom related to cold and allergies that we all face more than often. If not cured, it might to lead to severe conditions such as headaches, flu, asthma, allergies and pneumatic disorders.
Sometimes you might have a pile of tissues loaded in your trash from blowing your stuffy nose, since you don’t have a clue about how to get permanent relief from it. Your physician might prescribe you a scary list of drugs to get rid of your cold and flu symptoms, but believe it or not, the world of acupressure offers you a panacea of solutions on how to clear a stuffy nose. Here are some of the most common symptoms of stuffy nose:
- Swollen and redness of nose.
- Mucous build up in nostrils.
- Inflamed nasal tissue
- Nasal bleeding.
- Sinus pain
Causes of A Stuffy Nose:
A stuffy nose is a major symptom for conditions like fever, cough, cold, sinusitis, flu or pneumonia. If the stuffy nose lasts for more than a week, then it raises alarm for immediate attention against a deep-seated cause. To cure a stuffy nose, we need to get to its inherent cause. Here are some of the prevalent causes of a stuffy nose:
- Dehydrated nostrils
- Hay fever
- Nasal polyps
- Chemical irritants
- Chronic sinusitis
- Nasal injury
- Deviated nasal septum
- Enlarged ademoids
- Cluster headaches
Acupressure for Stuffy Nose:
A nasal spray or decongestant might come handy in clearing a stuffy nose, but it might have additional repercussions, which cannot make it a permanent solution for a stuffy nose. Acupressure, on the other hand, works wonders on a stuffy nose, compared to other treatments. Acupressure is based on an ancient Chinese therapy, which guides you towards opening body’s prime meridians or energy points which are blocked, and drive a positive life force or “Chi”.
These meridians are associated with some of the most vital organs and systems in the body. Applying pressure on these specific energy points opens up the clogged zones and cures an ailment. Acupressure restores the body’s natural energy flow, improves blood circulation, immunity and invokes a sense of well-being.
Acupressure Points for Stuffy or Runny Nose are situated at various spots on the face. You need to massage these pressure points on a regular basis, to get rid of a stuffy Nose. The Acupressure Points for relieving a stuffy nose are presented below:
- Nostril Points
- Bridge of the Nose Points
- Behind the Earlobe Point
- Earlobe Point
- Third Eye Point
- Below the Cheekbone Point
To use the acupressure points for stuffy nose, you don’t need to go to a therapist. You may use them all by yourself. The above-mentioned Acupressure Points can give better relief for a Stuffy or Runny Nose and other Nasal Problems if the pressure is applied on correct spots on a regular basis. These points are as follows:
Nostril Points are situated on the hollow space on your nostrils. Apply pressure on them by closing both the nostrils one by one, holding the breath and then slowly releasing them together. Repeat this 5 to 10 times.
Bridge Of The Nose Points:
Bridge of the nose point is essential to get rid of stuffy nose. They are situated on the bridge of the Nose and below the eyes. Apply gentle pressure on these pressure points every day to reduce stuffy or runny nose and related problems like headache. Repeat this process at least two to three times a day to get better results.
Behind The Earlobe Point:
Another vital location for curing stuffy nose is behind the earlobe. Behind the Earlobe Point is located right behind the centre of your earlobe. Applying regular pressure here will provide you relief from a stuffy Nose. The more you repeat this method, the greater will be your relief from a stuffy nose.
Yet another important pressure point to clear the nasal congestion is the earlobe point. This point is situated on your earlobe. Massage them one at a time, for 5 to 10 minutes and clear a stuffy nose in a jiffy.
Third Eye Point:
The Third Eye Point is also useful to get rid of Stuffy or Runny Nose. It is situated between the eyebrows. Apply mild pressure on Third Eye Point with your two fingers and rub the area for two minutes.
Applying pressure on this point on a regular basis will help you relieve a stuffy nose and Headache.
Below The Cheek Bone Point:
Below the cheekbone is also an important pressure point for stuffy nose. You can find the this point exactly under your cheekbones on both sides of your face. Apply gentle pressure on this point for 4 to 5 minutes and loosen your congested nose.
Home Remedies for Stuffy Nose:
Working in tandem with acupressure therapy, you may also try some home remedies to get relief from stuffy nose, which are as follows:
Use a humidifier:
A stuffy nose is caused due to improper build-up of mucous in the sinuses. If we want to ensure proper drainage of sinuses, then we must keep them hydrated. For this we can use a humidifier at home, which will spread moisture in the room, soothe the nostrils and sinuses, keeping them hydrated.
Take a steam Vaporizer:
Put some decongestant in a hot vaporizer and inhale the steam to clear the stuffy nose. This has a similar effect as the humidifier and clears your sinuses in a jiffy.
Drink hot fluids:
Try to drink hot tea or coffee to keep yourselves hydrated and let the inbuilt steam clear your sinuses.
Take herbs and concoctions:
Drink ginger tea twice or thrice a day or take lemon and honey in warm water to get relief from a stuffy nose.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Drink a solution of apple cider vinegar mixed with water and honey, to have a speedy recovery from stuffy or runny noses.
Pepper is an amazing way to get rid of a stuffy nose. Mix a teaspoon of black pepper along with a tablespoon of honey in a cup of boiling water. Now, stir it well. Drink this concoction to get relief from a stuffy nose.
Cut an onion and inhale its smell it for 4-5 minutes. It will give you quick relief from nasal congestion.
Vicks Vapo Rub:
Rubbing some Vicks Vaporub on your chest and nostrils can reduce your nasal congestion considerably.
You can prepare a relaxing herbal tea by mixing herbs like chamomile, thyme, peppermint, rosemary leaves or blackberry and keep a stuffy nose at bay.
Drinking a glass of fresh fruit juice can also help you to get relief from a stuffy nose and stay healthy.
Some Precautions for Stuffy Nose:
The best way to get rid of a stuffy nose is to prevent attacks from its underlying causes. For this we need to follow some guidelines at home to it at bay:
- Use humidifiers
- Drink lots of fluids
- Wash your linens and furnishings regularly.
- Use disinfectants in washrooms and in places where microbes can flourish.
- Use saline sprays to keep your nostrils hydrated.
- Don’t eat or drink foods that trigger allergies.
If you follow these golden rules along with acupressure therapy on regular basis, then you can rein in the problem of a stuffy nose and avoid any major health risks occurring from it.