Colds are caused by viruses that thrive in your nose and throat when the temperature, acidity, and moisture suit them. When you are run down and your resistance is low, your ability to adapt to environmental changes weakens, making it easier to catch a cold, and the mucous membranes become a perfect breeding ground for viruses. Cold symptoms are the body’s attempt to protect itself from these intruders. When a virus enters your nose, for instance, the body secretes more mucus to flush it away. Because acupressure stimulates your body to expel the virus more quickly, it may seem at first that your cold is worsening. But your body is simply progressing through the symptoms faster than usual. Although acupressure cannot cure a cold, working on certain points can help you get better quicker and increase your resistance to future colds.
Acupressure Points for Seasonal Changes
Potent point, called Bearing Support, is especially good for stimulating the body’s natural resistance to colds and flus. It’s located near the spine, off the tips of the shoulder blades. According to traditional Chinese medicine, wind and cold enter the pores of the skin at this point.1 The muscles in this upper back area tend to get tense just before a cold or flu takes hold.2 Recently, one of my best friends, a realtor, was suffering from a bad cold with a stuffy nose, a hacking cough, puffiness around his eyes, and a pallid complexion. He hadn’t slept well the previous two nights because of these discomforts and was very tired. After I briefly massaged his upper back, shoulders, neck, and chest, I showed him how to press the decongestion points underneath the base of his skull and on his face. I also told him to drink ginger tea at least twice a day. When I saw John the next day, he told me he had slept soundly and felt much more refreshed. His eyes looked much clearer, and already he was no longer coughing and blowing his nose.
Potent Points for Relieving Colds and Flu
Location: In the indentations of the eye sockets, on either side of where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of the eyebrows. Benefits: Relieves colds, sinus congestion, frontal headaches, and tired eyes.
Location: At the bottom of the cheekbone, directly below the pupil. Benefits: Relieves stuffy nose, head congestion, burning eyes, eye fatigue, and eye pressure.
Location: On either cheek, just outside each nostril. Benefits: Relieves nasal congestion, sinus pain, facial paralysis, and facial swelling.