By Peter Witz, RMT, R.Ac

Acupressure is a great way to stay healthy. It is easy to do and doesn’t take up too much time so you can easily fit it into your schedule. The following are some of the best points to use in the coming season. Whether you want to prevent a cold or treat it when you’re sick these points can help.

How to apply Acupressure

  • Pressure is applied to the site for 30 secs to 1 minute 
  • When you feel a dull pain/sensitive spot you’ve activated the point
  • There’s no limit to how many times you can do it 
  • You can do it to yourself or to others 

Broken Sequence L7

This point is commonly used in the treatment of cough and cold. Think of this point as a “Ventilation” point for your lungs. When you press it, it helps to disperse pathogens in your body. It is also a point that has strong connections to the back of the head and neck and therefore can be used to treat headaches in that region. 

It is located 1.5 body inches above the wrist crease, superior to the styloid process (bumpy bone near your wrist) of the radius.

  • Helps with Cough/Cold
    (sneezing, fever, sore throat)
  • Alleviates Headaches

 

Union of the valley LI 4

This point is on the Large Intestine, which is the partner organ to the lung, hence it’s connection to immunity. It acts like a steam valve to help relieve fever. It is also the command point for the face so it’s great for forehead headaches and stuffiness. However this point is contraindicated in pregnancy, so if you are or suspect you are pregnant avoid this point. 

Located in the midpoint between the thumb and index finger at the high point of the mound.

  • Alleviates Headaches
  • Clears stuffiness

 

Central Treasury L1

This point is the first on the Lung Meridian. It helps boost immunity and open up the lungs and clear away any phlegm. It also helps to stop coughs. 

Located 6 body inches from the middle of the chest and level with the first intercostal space. 

  • Boosts Immunity
  • Helps with inhalation  
  • Stops cough 

 

Great Abyss LU 9

This is another common point on the lung meridian. This time the point acts to increase the lungs Chi. It’s different from the other points previously mentioned because it “fills up” instead of “clears out”. It can also help with deep inhalation and therefore can be used for asthma like conditions and shortness of breath. 

It’s located just below the thumb on the wrist crease. You know you found the point because there will be a depression.   

  • Boosts Chi
  • Increases Lung function
  • Helps with shortness of breath

 

Outer Gate SJ 5

This point is located on a meridian that connects to the body’s ability to clear out any pathogens. It activates the body’s ability to fight off disease. In Chinese Medicine they believe that sickness is not caused by an invading pathogen, but by the body’s inability to fight off that pathogen. This point helps muster the body’s defenses to fight off pathogens. It also acts to balance the body’s ability to fight off disease while at the same time nourishing it to help ‘fill” it up after being sick for an extended period of time. 

It’s located just below the thumb on the wrist crease. You know you found the point because there will be a depression.  

  • Raises the Immunity 
  • Alleviates headaches
  • Clears out pathogens