A stuffy nose makes it hard for you to breathe. Allergies, colds and weather changes often block our sinuses and leaves us with a few options – treat the problem with medications, or touching certain pressure points which will relieve the condition.
Trick #1: use your tongue and press the point between your eyebrows
When we are struck with stuffy nose or allergies, we turn to drugs which can eliminate the mucus. However, we should instead try to move the fluid out of the head. This is where acupressure comes in – by putting pressure on certain points on the body, we can stimulate the fluid flow and unblock the sinuses. One such point lies inside our oral cavities.
According to a Reddit user, you should push the tongue against the roof of the mouth while pressing a finger on a point between your eyebrows at the same time. Hold the pressure for 20 seconds, and you will feel how the symptoms are going away. Once you release the pressure, you will feel movement towards the back of the throat as the mucus buildup softens.
If the trick doesn’t work, you can alternate between pressing the tongue on the roof of your mouth and pressing a finger between your eyebrows. This point is called the Yintangacupoint in acupressure, and lies directly above the nasion.
Trick #2: apply pressure across your eyebrows
If you feel mucus reaching higher into your head, you should try stimulating a different acupoint to clear the blocked nose and sinuses. Massage therapist Amber Lynn Vitale says that by applying pressure across your eyebrows you can stimulate the movement of the stuck fluid.
Put your fingers at the beginning of each eyebrow and lead forward so your head rests on your elbows. When you feel the pressure shift after a couple of seconds, slide your fingers to the middle of the eyebrows.
Hold the pressure until you feel relief, then move your fingers to the end of the eyebrows. Vitale suggests either holding steady pressure there or moving your fingertips to stimulate the fluid flow. You should soon feel the pressure reduce in the center of your head.
Trick #3: take a second for a mini-massage
Massages can do wonders for our body, and this applies to reducing the mucus buildup and pressure in your head. Heather Wibbels, a certified massage therapist, says that a couple quick rubs can pull the fluid from the head.
Use your fingertips to push the notch of your collarbone repeatedly to get the fluid moving downwards – Wibbels says that the process is working properly when you feel the need to clear your throat. If it’s uncomfortable for you, she suggests another method -cross your hands and make a V shape, then use the pumping motion like before to stimulate lymph fluid motion. Both massages create suction in the lymphatic system which vacuums the fluid from your sinuses downwards.
Keep your sinuses moving!
No matter what has caused your sinuses to block, you should know that the easiest way of action aren’t always drugs. By applying light pressure on certain acupoints, you can draw the fluid away from the source of blockage and clear the congestion.