Another interesting article from my favourite acupuncturist blogger Sara Calabro.
Spring is upon us. For some, it’s time for warm air! Fresh flowers! Longer days! For others, it’s time for runny noses! Itchy eyes! Sinus headaches!
But people with seasonal allergies should know that spring need not be an unavoidable period of suffering. Nor does it require dependence on Claritin or fear of leaving the house without Kleenex.
Acupuncture offers tools for both preventing spring allergy symptoms and getting rid of them. Specifically, there are seven acupuncture points that can work wonders for preventing and relieving spring allergies.
Seven Points, Seven Fingers Is All It Takes
Acupuncturists use these seven points all the time to alleviate seasonal allergies. It’s ideal to go for acupuncture before allergy symptoms kick. Now is a great time since not everything is fully bloomed yet.
If you miss the preventive window, the same points can be used to eliminate symptoms, especially nasal drip, itchy eyes and sinus headaches. It is not uncommon for people to notice an immediate clearing of the nasal passages after receiving these seven acupuncture points.
But the best part is, you can alleviate allergies with these seven acupuncture points all by yourself. All it takes is seven fingers and a little concentration and coordination.
In most cases, stimulating the points yourself is not a substitute for real acupuncture. However, as a preventive measure, it can delay the onset and lessen the severity of allergy symptoms. It also can prolong the effects of acupuncture treatments so that you’re able to allow more time between appointments. And it comes in really handy as an on-the-spot remedy for sudden allergy attacks.
The New Face of Spring
Imagine a world where the first thing that comes to mind when we think of seasonal allergies is not someone running through a field in a drug commercial but rather someone poking themselves in the face. How sweet it would be.
So, where to poke?
You’re aiming for six points on the face: Large Intestine 20, Stomach 2 and Bladder 2. All three points are pressed twice, symmetrically on both sides of the face, equaling six points. (The seventh is explained below.)
The picture on the right shows how it should look when you’re pressing all six face points. You’re going for just outside the nostril, just below the eye (you’ll feel a little indentation in the bone there—that’s the point), and the inner end of the eyebrow.
In addition to point location, you also want to pay attention to the direction you’re pressing. This is where concentration and coordination come in.
Large Intestine 20, the points outside the nostrils, should be pressed diagonally upward, as if you’re aiming for your eye on the opposite side. Stomach 2, the points below the eye, should be pressed downward toward the mouth. Bladder 2, the ones on the eyebrow, should be pressed upward toward the top of the head.