Acupressure for Allergies

by Dani Foster, R.TCMP, R.Ac.

For many, allergy season has arrived full force leading to aggravating symptoms such as frequent sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, scratchy throat and painful sinus headaches. Sinus self-care acupressure can help reduce these symptoms and alleviate some of the pain associated with sinus headaches or infections. Following the simple routine below on a daily basis can help to ease pain and relieve some of the symptoms related to seasonal allergies.

Daily Sinus Acupressure Routine:

Apply gentle firm pressure to each of the following locations on both sides of your face with your thumbs or index fingers, making small circles 10 times in each location:

  1. At the inner end of the eyebrows
  2. At the middle of the eyebrows
  3. On the forehead, above the middle of the eyebrows
  4. At the outer end of the eyebrows
  5. At the sides of the nostrils
  6. At the sides of the nose
  7. On the cheekbones, in line with the pupil of the eye

Allergy Acupressure

 

** Follow this by applying pressure to the area between the thumb and LI-4index finger – find the area that gives the most sensation, press 3-5 times, holding for several seconds each time.

 

Looking for more lasting relief?

Acupuncture treatment can not only help relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies but can help to moderate the immune system and reduce sensitivity to some allergens. This can lead to decreased reliance on antihistamines and improved quality of life.

Dani offers acupuncture sessions at Rocky Point Wellness Clinic on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Click here to learn more about Dani.

 

 

 

Cupping

Cupping has been used throughout the world for centuries and had been a part of mainstream medicine in Europe until the 1900’s. It faded from practice in the Western world after the Second World War, but has always been a mainstay in Chinese medicine and has been used in China for thousands of years. Cupping is making a comeback, and it’s popularity has really shot up after Michael Phelps was spotted at the Rio Olympics sporting cupping marks all over his back and shoulders.

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If you’re unfamiliar with cupping, it does seem strange. Cupping is actually a highly effective method for relaxing sore tight muscles, improving blood circulation, and helping reduce pain.

How does it work exactly? Traditionally, a Chinese medicine practitioner will use glass cups, and using a flame, removes the oxygen from the inside which creates a vacuum effect. Cups can be made from glass, bamboo, silicone, or plastic.

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Occasionally the cups will be moved along larger muscles, often likened to a deep tissue massage and will come with similar benefits. Often though, the cups will be left in place to exert their benefit. After 15-20 minutes the cups will be removed, leaving pink, to red to purple marks. Darker marks usually mean there is more stagnation in the tissue. These marks will fade and disappear within 5-7 days.

Cupping is beneficial for so many things, from tight muscles, areas with knots and pain, trigger points, pain from being in front of a keyboard all day (think hunched shoulders)… It can reduce adhesions and softens scar tissue (surgical scars, c-section scarring), help with menstrual pain, chronic coughs, early stages of the common cold, carpel tunnel, tennis elbow, IT band tightness……. AND…… it just plain ol’ feels amazing.

If you think you would benefit from cupping, give the clinic a call or book yourself in for a treatment.

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