Get rid of allergies with a simple move that can help everyone
Do you suffer from sinus pressure that's caused by allergies? You're not alone. In fact, allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The annual cost of the disease alone in the U.S. is greater than $18 billion.
The most common form of allergies are allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, which causes symptoms such as sneezing, runny and stuffy nose and watery eyes. It also causes itching of the nose, eyes and the roof of the mouth. It can be seasonal or constant but people tend to experience it during the seasons of spring, summer and fall due to the change in levels of pollen from trees, weeds and other airborne mold spores. For people who experience allergies year round, their bodies have a higher sensitivity to things such as home dust mites, animals, cockroaches and mold spores.
According to Mayo Clinic, when you have allergies it's because your body is identifying an allergen as harmful and it's telling your immune system to make antibodies to fight them off. Antibodies protect your body from unwanted invaders that could make you sick. Even though the allergens aren't harmful, your body is considering them as a threat, which is why the allergens cause a reaction on your skin, sinuses and breathing. It's your bodies way of trying to protect itself.
Living with allergies can be uncomfortable and while decreasing your exposure to allergens can help, people typically opt for solutions such as allergy shots or medication. For a more natural solution try these acupressure techniques to clear your airways and provide relief by applying pressure with your fingers on specific trigger points. It's easy to do to yourself at home or at work, it's effective and it costs nothing.
- Point A. This point is located at the center of the back of the neck between the muscles that are outward from each side of the spine. What it does: Relieves allergic reactions that cause swollen eyes, tiredness and headaches.
- Point B. This point is located in the hollow area below the collarbone and next to the breast bone. What it does: It relieves allergies related to chest congestion, breathing difficulties, coughing, sore throats, and asthma.
- Point C. This point is located on the top, outer end of where the elbow creases. What it does: It relieves allergies that are related to inflamed skin disorders (like hives and rashes), itching and fevers.
- Point D. This point is located two finger widths above the belly button. What it does: It relieves allergies that could be triggering constipation, gas, weakness, fatigue and insomnia.
- Point E. This point should not be done by women who are pregnant since the stimulation can cause premature contractions in the uterus. It is located on the outside area of the hand between the thumb and pointing finger at the point where the muscle comes together for both fingers. What it does: It relieves headaches, sneezing, itching and other common issues of seasonal allergies.
- Point F. This point is located four finger widths below the kneecap towards the outside area of the leg. What it does: It strengthens the overall body to prevent and relieve allergies.
- Point G. This point is located at the base of your nose right in between the creases on both sides of the nostril. What it does: Press firmly down with both index fingers on each side to relieve pressure in the nose and provide nasal relief.
- Point H. This point is located at the top of your inner eyebrow. Place your thumbs on the start of your inner eyebrows and your pointing fingers one finger width above your thumbs. Now hold and apply pressure. What it does: It relieves pressure that you may be feeling in your forehead.
To watch how to stimulate Point G and Point H watch the video below.
Web MD states that acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that is used to restore balance when organs or networks leading to the organs are blocked off, which can cause illness. It's not necessary to use every single pressure point listed but trying one or two of them, by applying pressure and holding for three minutes at a time, can be extremely effective and provide relief for the sinuses and mind.