Excerpts from: Acupressure’s Potent Points, by Michael Reed Gach, PhD
What is Accupressure?
Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force to aid healing.
Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands (and even feet). There is a massive amount of scientific data that demonstrates why and how acupuncture is effective.
But acupressure, the older of the two traditions, was neglected after the Chinese developed more technological methods for stimulating points with needles, and electricity using electrodes.
Acupressure, however, continues to be the most effective method for self-treatment of tension-related ailments by using the power and sensitivity of the human hand.
Foremost among the advantages of acupressure’s healing touch is that it is safe to do on yourself and others – even if you’ve never done it before – so long as you follow the instructions and pay attention to the cautions.
There are no side effects from drugs, because there are no drugs. And the only equipment needed is your own two hands. You can practice acupressure therapy any time, anywhere.
Self-Acupressure Tips for Sinusitis
Do Three Times on Each Point Daily
Nose – Apply pressure using the tip of your index finger applied to the spot located in the groove on each side of the nostrils, at the widest point of the nostrils. First do one side of the nostril and then switch to the other side.
At first push with your finger with very firm pressure, and then slightly relax the pressure a little, and hold that position for 15 seconds or more. You may feel a pulsing in your finger tip if you do this correctly. Repeat the entire procedure for a total of 60 seconds.
Hands – The location at the highest spot of the muscle between the thumb and index finger on the back of the hand where the thumb and index finger are close together, and apply pressure with the thumb and index finger on either side.
- Place the thumb and index finger of your right hand on opposite sides of the "web" between the thumb and index finger of your left hand.
- Use a pinching massage to this spot for 30 seconds, then repeat on the right hand using the same technique.
- Do this several times a day, or whenever you think of it.