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 I conducted an unpublished preliminary research study, which found that four out of five adult asthmatics tested had a 20 percent increase in their vital lung capacity immediately after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.
This was a very good outcome after only a single Acupressure treatment. The study used high-tech equipment at the Oakland Children’s Hospital Pulmonary Department in California.
We also tested the effects of inhalers for a comparison. I was impressed with how effective the inhaler drugs were. However, respiratory drugs have side effects, whereas Acupressure has no side effects and Self-Acupressure is free.
A Key Chest Point for Asthma Relief It only takes common sense to understand the location of the most effective Acupressure points for asthma — they’re on the chest. On an Acupressure chart, look for the Lung 1 (Lu 1) points on both sides of the upper chest. They are the first points on the Lung Meridian.
These points are helpful 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). Use your right hand to hold the points on your left side, and vice versa.
If your muscles are strong and developed, you can press deeply. However, if the muscles are weak or tender, use only a light touch.
Self-Acupressure 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.
End by relaxing deeply afterwards, for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
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 the points. Allow your body weight to apply the pressure for a minute or two, 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.
More Acupressure Resources for You
ACUPRESSURE VIDEO — Here’s my Less Stress: Qigong Breathing Exercises video, available as a download or DVD
ACUPRESSURE BOOK — Increase your vitality in my fully illustrated Greater Energy at Your Fingertips book