Self-Acupressure for Asthma & Difficulty Breathing Points

Limited Acupressure for Asthma Research Study

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 I conducted an unpublished preliminary research study, which found that four out of five adult asthmatics tested had a 20 percent increase in their vital lung capacity immediately after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 much more power and effective the inhaler drugs were. However, respiratory drugs have side effects, whereas Acupressure has no side effects and Self-Acupressure is free, once you learn how.

Chest Point for Asthma Relief

Point Lung 1

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 Lung 1 Acupressure points are helpful for relieving asthmatic symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest congestion, chest tightness, and wheezing. This chest point is also beneficial for grief, stress and has other emotional balancing effects.

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.

Asthma Frontal Points: 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.

End by relaxing deeply afterwards, for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

The most potent back point for asthma is between the upper part of the shoulder blades and the upper spine (B 36). Feel for knots on both sides of this upper back area.

Asthma Point: B 36

To press these upper back points with tennis balls, 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.

Relax deeply afterwards for at least 5 to 10 minutes, to discover the full benefits.

Asthma Relief Acupressure Resources

Less Stress Video Cover
Less Stress: Qigong Breathing Exercises presents a 20-minute rejuvenating set of breathing exercises available as a rental, download or DVD.
Acupressure's Potent Points book cover
Acupressure’s Potent Points includes an Asthma & Breathing Difficulties completely illustrated chapter for learning self-healing techniques.