To relieve your upper or frontal sinuses, use B2, located at the bridge of your nose. This mental stress point is located in the indentation of your upper eye socket, where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of your eyebrows.
To open the maxillary sinuses in the cheek, use the foremost acupressure points for the sinuses: LI20 and St3, underneath your eyes, just below your cheekbones. Use gentle pressure. These points are safe and useful to teach to children.
To enable you to release your stress which may be aggravating your sinuses, here’s a resourceful link to a self-acupressure DVD video for releasing stress. For more instruction on the acupressure points illustrated here, check-out my video clip and the rest of this blog post.
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I like to hold these acupressure points, described above, on both sides. Apply the pressure gently and gradually. After holding each of these points for about 2 to 3 minutes, end by lightly holding the points as you breathe slowly and deeply.
Light touch on the points at the end is very important for getting the energy to flow and for sealing the acupressure points. If you let yourself deeply relax immediately afterward, you may find that the results are longer lasting.
Hoku (LI 4) in the webbing between your thumb and index finger, is distal acupressure point for relieving pain in your sinuses. This is a nasal decongestive point, which has an antihistamine affect, opens the descending flows for bring blocked energy downward.
The sinuses resemble packets or valleys. When either the upper or lower sinuses are congested or inflamed, pressure can build causing referred pain, headaches, toothaches, unclear thinking, general confusion and more.
The Neti Pot uses salt water to clear the sinuses. Steam can also be helpful for clearing your nasal passages. Use the acupressure points for the sinuses before and after using the Neti pot to increase its effectiveness.