Nasal congestion is the most feared and stubborn infection to avoid. Blockage or swelling of the nasal passages due to the lining of membranes caused by inflamed blood vessels is called as Nasal congestion. This condition obstructs the free flow of air from the nose. The symptoms of Nasal congestion and sinus pressure are nasal discharge, sinus pain, cough and congestion, head ache, bad breathe, fever, loss of smell and swollen nasal tissue.
Causes for Nasal Congestion:
You may think that only a cold or bad weather can cause this infection. But, there can be many other causes for Nasal or Sinus congestion, some of them include:
- Exposure to cold temperature
- Drug addiction
- Allergies caused by food, pet hair, milk, medication, smoke etc
- Dust suffocation
- Strong fragrances
- Addiction to smoking
- Spicy food
Most people with sinus infection face this congestion, which makes it hard for them to breathe. Long usage of medical sprays and drops can worsen this condition. Though there are many painful treatments to clear up nasal congestion, acupuncture has some simple methods to help relieve sinus congestion naturally. To cure nasal congestion, you don’t need to use medical equipments, just use the right pressure points. Check out these best pressure points to cure sinus congestion faster.
Warm your hands by rubbing them together. Now with the palm of your right hand rub the tip of your nose. Use a circular motion to warm the nose, do this 20 times. Repeat the same in the opposite direction. If you are suffering with stuffy nose, sinus congestion or nasal blockage, repeat this procedure at least 5 times a day. This will not only reduce the congestion but also works as a preventative from further blockage.
Thumb and Index Finger:
For sinus problem and severe pain, use this technique. Hold the joint between thumb and the index finger, press is hard. Hold it in this position for two minutes. This will reduce the irritation and pain in the nose.
Point to be noted: Pregnant women should not press this point as its stimulation is said to cause premature contractions in the uterus.
Bridge of Nose Massage:
The joint near the bridge of the nose and eye socket is the area most affected with nasal congestion. Press both the areas near the eye sockets with the tips of your thumbs for 5 minutes. You can work on both these pressure points separately (one after another). However pressing these points together creates more pressure. If the pressure is applied properly you will get rid of the mucus in no time. You will also feel relieved from the pain and congestion.
Place your index fingers on the edge of both the nostrils; you can feel your cheek bone. This is the pressure point most commonly used in acupuncture to cure sinus congestion. Press this point with pressure for at least 4 minutes. Repeat this process several times. If it is properly pressed, it begins to flush out the blockage giving you a free flow of air in the nostrils.
Base of Skull:
Hold your head in your hands. Place your thumbs right behind your ears. Feel your skull with the thumbs and come to the base of it. Now your thumbs should be behind your ears and at the base of the skull. Press these two pressure points deeply and rub them for two minutes. Continue this process daily to reduce and prevent nasal congestion, cold and head ache.
On the back of your head where the neck and head are joined, you will find a large hollow space. Point A marked in the given image. Place your middle finger on it and apply pressure for 4 minutes. Observe the changes that occur in your nose. Along with curing nasal congestion it also helps to reduce headaches and mental stress.
Place your middle finger in the hollow areas below the collar bones and above the upper breast bone. Press these pressure points for 5 minutes to prevent sinus infection and to boost your immune system.
These points and techniques are not laid down only for people suffering from nasal congestion. They can be used by others who would like to prevent being victims of flu, cold, hay fever and sinus. Flu is very dangerous and many have been affected by it. Anyone can be a victim, old people, babies and even teenagers.
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As heard before, prevention is better than cure. Acupuncture can make a big difference to your life if you practice it properly. The body is very sensitive and the bacteria that enter into it can be very dangerous. The anti-bodies present inside, try to prevent the body from diseases. Early precautions and care can make all the difference. Whenever your hands are free try to put these techniques to practice and avoid sinus congestion.