In this module we will look closer at the Acupoints that will help alleviate the symptoms of coughs, nasal congestion, headaches and sore throats. We will also explore acupoints to help boost the immune system that is vital for allowing our bodies to defend against illness. You may find that some of the acupoints are repeated as many acupoints have more than one use.
Nasal Congestion – There are a number of different points that will aid in Nasal congestion, however by far the most effective is Large Intestine 4 (LI4). The point is located at the highest point of the muscle when thumb and index fingers are held together. Locate the point between the web of the first and second finger. The point on your left hand will help to unblock nasal congestion on your right nostril and the point on your right works for the left. LI4 ialso aids with headaches caused by nasal congestion as well as dizziness. When you press on this point you will find that it is tender if nasal congestion is affecting you. This point governs the head and face.
General Headache – You have a number of options to help alleviate the pain caused by headaches. Please note ensure you are adequately hydrated. Alot of causes of headaches is this modern day is caused by poor hydration. Have a glass of water and then proceed with treatment. You can use the above LI4 or ST36 acupoints for headaches. Your other option is Bladder 60 (BL60). This point works wonders when used with Gallbladder 41 (GB41). BL60 is located in a depression between the tip of the external malleolus and the achilles tendon. NOTE: Do not use BL60 if pregnant. This acupoint induces labor in some women.
If the pain of the headache is in the back of the eyes or temple add Gall Bladder 41 (GB41). To find this wonderful point trace up from your pinkie toe in a depression on the outside of the pinkie toe tendon. This point drains the Qi down from the head relieving pressure and allowing the Qi to flow properly.
Fever / High Temperature – The best point to aid in reducing fevers is Governing Vessel 14 (GV14). This point is located at C7 (the seventh vertebra down from the top of the spine) on the spine. This point is the meeting point of all yang meridians, tonifying the yang and strengthening the neck and spine. By activating this acupoint you are clearing heat and fevers whether mild or severe; and balancing the Ying and the Yang of the body. GV14 also opens the pores of the body to allow sweating, this is our bodies own air-con system and cools the body. This is a very effective acupoint.
Coughs – In this section we will look at 2 points to help aliviate coughs, Lung 7 and Lung 9. Lung 7 is a general point that will assist with any aliments relating to the lungs including asthma, wheezing, bronchitis, cough and congestion. To find this point measure 1.5 cun above the wrist crease, inline with the thumb and find the depression on the outside of the wrist. On a spiritual level treatment of Lung 7 will help the lungs to receive more air, thus “breath easy” and have the strength to move on to new experiences. This acupoint will help those that are grieving or experiencing moments of sadness.
Lung 9 balances Lung Qi and Yin, resolves phlegm, descends Lung Qi, and influences the pulse. This makes it the optimal point if you are experiencing a cough with phlegm, or otherwise known as a chesty cough. It can be located on the crease of the wrist, outside of the outer artery.
Sore Throats – For this point I would recommend using the Stiper Quars No 6 (Sensitive). The point that is recommended for sore throats is Stomach 45. It is located below the nail on the second toe, on the right hand side. A sore throat can be caused by not saying what is true or if you are holding something back. This point calms and steadies the mind and spirit, allowing the truth to be spoken.
Immune System – The two best acupoints for boosting your immune system is GV14 and ST36. As we have discussed these two points are powerful in regulating Qi, blood and providing balance to ying and yang.