acupressure for seasonal allergies

ugh… sinuses are throbbing and i can’t breathe!
seasonal allergies?
uh huh.
as dc heads into full bloom, many of you, like me, are experiencing the familiar beginning-of-spring onslaught of headaches, sneezing, and sinus miserableness. but whether you resigned to popping an allergy medication or just waiting it out, here are a couple of simple tricks to help ease the symptoms.
acupressure is the application of pressure (in this case you will use your fingers) to various acupressure points (points around the body along several meridians, which affect a specific body part or organ), much like acupuncture, but without the needles.
the manipulation of the following acupressure points on the body (steady pressure for about a minute), along with some light massage, can help alleviate sinus pressure and pain:
bladder 1 and bladder 2: bladder 1 (or B1) is located in the hollow just above the inside corner of the eye, and bladder 2 (B2) is located right above it just under the inner end of the eyebrows. using your index fingers, to lightly press in on B1, and then lifting your fingers upward slightly to put pressure on B2 helps to alleviate sinus pain.
large intestine 20 (LI20) is found on the face in the groove next to the nostrils and is helpful in relieving congestion.
stomach 3 (ST3) is located just below the apples of the cheekbones, directly below the pupils. use this point for wheezing and itchy, watery eyes.

light massage on the face can also help the sinuses drain and relieve some of the pressure and pain from the face:
-using your index fingers with light pressure, sweep across the top of the eyebrows, from the center of the forehead to the outside of the brows.
-from the inner corner of the brows to the outside edge, lightly pinch the brows between thumb and forefinger.
-using the index fingers, lightly trace from the bridge of the nose down the side of the nose and under the apples of the cheeks.

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