Acupressure Points for Asthma
Acupressure can help in relieving asthma symptoms by applying pressure to specific points on the body. The following are the commonly used acupressure points to relieve asthma that you can do on your own. Instead of pressing with your fingers, you can also use acupressure stick. Once you learn this simple self-care technique, you can use it anywhere and anytime.
Tanzhong is an acupressure point which can be used to relieve chest pain and dyspnea. It is located on the sternum at the level of the 4th intercostal space, the space between two ribs. Press it gently with your thumb or forefinger and applying pressure using small circular motions.
Tiantu is an acupressure point which can ease cough, clear throat and relieve asthma symptoms. It is located in the suprasternal fossa, just above the jugular notch. Press it gently with your thumb or forefinger and applying pressure using small circular motions.
Dingchuan (EXTRA 17/M-BW-1)
Dingchuan literally means calm breath, it can relieve asthma attacks. It is located just below the 7th cervical vertebra. Use your thumb and apply pressure or you can do circular motion.
Neiguan, also known as Inner Gate, can be used to relieve fullness and pain in the chest. It is located in the middle of the wrist, about two finger widths below the palm. Use your thumb or forefinger to press on it for 2 to 3 minutes. This procedure should have been repeated for the other wrist.
Shenmen, also known as Spirit Gate, can calm your mind and help you relax. It is located at the ulnar end of the distal wrist crease when the palm faces upward, on the radial side of flexor carpi ulnaris tendon. Use your thumb and apply pressure or you can do circular motion with thumb. This procedure should have been repeated for the other wrist.