I’ve had good results using Acupressure points for relieving asthma. I conducted an unpublished preliminary research study, which found that four out of five adult asthmatics tested had a 20 percent increase in their vital lung capacity immediately after receiving 20 minutes of Acupressure. The study used high tech equipment at Oakland Children’s Hospital Pulmonary Department.
We also tested the effects of inhalers for a comparison. I was impressed how dramatically effective the inhaler drugs worked. However, respiratory drugs have side effects, whereas Acupressure has no side effects and Self-Acupressure is free.
It only takes common sense to understand the location of the most effective Acupressure points for asthma. On an Acupressure or Acupuncture chart, look for the Lung 1 (Lu 1) points on both sides of the upper chest. These points are for relieving asthmatic symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest congestion, chest tightness, and wheezing.
The other points on the front of your body for relieving asthma are below your collarbone (K 27, St 13, St 16). If your muscles are strong and developed, you can press deeply. However, if the muscles are weak or tender, use only a light touch. Focus the pressure directly on your knotted chest muscles, especially where it’s sore. Hold for a minute or two while you take several slow, deep breaths.
The most potent Acupressure point for asthma on the back is between the upper portion of the shoulder blades and the upper spine (B 36). Feel for knots on both sides of this upper back area. To press these points, lie on your back with your knees bent, feet on the floor or bed, and place two tennis balls under these points. Allow your body weight to apply the pressure as you take several long, slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed. Always relax deeply afterwards for at least 5 to 10 minutes, to discover the full benefits.