Breathe Easy! Acupressure Points for Lungs & Sinuses 

 October 11, 2019

By  Juli Kramer, PhD

Our lungs, sinuses, and overall respiratory system, which includes the large intestine in Chinese Medicine, are vulnerable in the Fall. During Autumn, drastic changes in temperature, dryer air, kids bringing home germs from school, or people coughing in the office often wreak havoc on our respiratory system.

Our most recent posts teach you lifestyle changes and food choices that can keep you healthy in the Fall. Massaging Chinese acpuoints points can also help you build a strong respiratory system. We know you are busy and don’t have time to stay home sick. Prevention is the goal! And…These points will help you get better faster if you do get a stuffy or runny nose, cough, bronchitis, sinus infection, & more!

Please note that this information is for reference only. Massaging acupoints is generally very safe, but if you are pregnant or have an acute heart condition, do not practice this routine. If you’re not sure whether it’s safe for you to practice acupoint massage, please check with your doctor first.

Chinese Acupoints for a Strong Respiratory System!

We have created detailed drawings to help you locate your Respiratory System illness prevention and repair kit! Your body has everything it needs to heal and stay healthy, but just needs a boost sometimes. Massaging acupoints gives it that little something extra!

Massage these points to boost your body’s germ-fighting Qi (energy)! Massage in a clockwise, circular motion, unless otherwise noted. Complete 30 circles. Repeat the series for both right and left when massaging hands, arms, and sides of the nostril. Repeat 4 times a day.

A Quick Note on Lung Heat & the Triple Burner

When you read the Purposes for the Acupoints we list below, sometimes you will see the term “Heat.” We will cover this concept more in our next series of articles, “Chinese Medicine 101.” For now, you can visualize that the Lungs cannot move energy the way they should. Instead of processing air and moving oxygen through the body, the air rises up, making you cough, whether dry or with phlegm. Lots of other symptoms reflect Lung Heat, such as acne, feeling hot, asthma, or breathlessness. Just know, that massaging the Lung Acupoints we show you can help your Lungs function properly.

We will also teach you more about the Triple Burner in our “Chinese Medicine 101” articles. Don’t worry about the phrase. We just want to label the acupoints using their proper terms. Massaging the Triple Burner points will help keep you healthy or reduce symptoms when you are sick.

Acupoint: Large Intestine 4

Purpose: Open Sinuses

Large Intestine 4a
Large Intestine 4b
Large Intestine 4c

Acupoint: Large Intestine 20

Purpose: Open Sinuses

Large Intestine 20

Acpupoint: Lung 1

Purpose: Clears Lung Heat and Phlegm

Lung 1a
Lung 1b

Acupoint: Lung 5

Purpose: Clears Lung Heat

Lung 5

Acupoint: Lung 6

Purpose: Reduces Coughing

Lung 6

Acupoint: Lung 7

Purpose: Reduces Coughing

Lung 7a
Lung 7b

Acupoint: Triple Burner 17

Purpose: Opens the lungs & helps you breathe

Triple Burner 17 (REN 17)

Acupoint: Triple Burner 22

Purpose: Reduces a cough; eases a sore throat; reduces dryness

Triple Burner 22 (REN 22)

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Juli Kramer, PhD

Dr. Juli Kramer earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a cognate in Counseling Psychology and her M.A. in Psychology. She has a diploma in Chinese Medicine Nutritional Therapy, and certificates in Chinese medicine from Dr. Zhang Yifang, Shanghai World Hospital, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. With over 30 years of experience as an educator, Dr. Kramer founded Radiant Shenti to teach people how Chinese medicine (TCM) can help them lead healthy, happy, and long lives.

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