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8 Pressure Points to Treat Flu Symptoms

 Acupressure points are a great alternative treatment for various ailments and symptoms, with cold and flu symptoms being no exception. We usually catch the flu when our immune system is compromised and cannot protect us from it efficiently. This can occur when we don’t get vaccinated, when we’re under a lot of stress, anxiety, of following a previous illness that has left our body in a weakened state. In addition, there are environmental causes, in particular, cold and dry weather.


While acupressure cannot heal the flu itself, it will help you deal with most of the unpleasant aspects of it, such as nasal irritation and sneezing, sore throat, congestion, headaches, general weakness, and coughing. It’s important to remember that acupressure cannot replace medical care, but serves to complement it, in order to speed up the healing process. These 8 pressure points are known for their effectiveness in treating various flu and cold symptoms, and some can be performed on a daily basis to strengthen the immune system and prevent catching that cold in the first place.


1. Drilling Bamboo

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The “Drilling Bamboo” pressure point is one of the most effective when it comes to dealing with a cold or the flu. It is located in the eye socket, at the spot where the eyebrows meet the bridge of the nose. Apply pressure to both sides for a few minutes to relieve cold symptoms, fever, sinus congestion, and headaches that manifest in the front of the head. In addition, this point can help with eye-strain related pains and tiredness.

2. Facial Beauty

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If your nose is congested, the “Facial Beauty” acupressure point is the most effective method to decongest it. The points are located at the bottom of the cheekbones, in parallel to the pupils. Apply medium pressure to both cheeks to relieve congestion and related headaches. This point will also help in relieving a burning sensation in the eyes, and “heavy” eyelids.

3. Lower Intestine 4

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Lower Intestine 4 is located on the dorsum of the hand, between the thumb and the index finger. One of its benefits is that it strengthens immunity. Furthermore, applying pressure to this point also helps expel wind and stops pain. 

4. Lower Intestine 11

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“Lower Intestine 11” is also effective in treating both flu and cold symptoms. This pressure point is located near the elbow, on the outer side of the joint. When you’re feeling ill, apply pressure to this spot using your thumb. Repeat daily for maximum results. This point also provides a boost for the immune system, and it is recommended that you activate it even if you’re not sick, as a preventative measure.

5. Lower Intestine 20

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Applying pressure to this point helps relieve nasal congestion. It helps open the nasal passages and sinuses and also improves the functional capacity of the lung. 

6. Bearing Support

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Another effective pressure point for dealing with cold and flu symptoms is “Bearing Support”. It is located in the upper back, between the shoulder blades and the spine, so you may need the help of another person to activate this spot. Alternatively, you can try lying down on two tennis balls, and use them to massage the area. Apply pressure to the bearing support every day, even if you’re not sick, to boost your immune system and strengthen your body’s ability to resist cold symptoms.

7. Elegant Mansion

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When it comes to respiratory issues, your best bet is the “Elegant Mansion” pressure point. Located in the hollow between the collarbones and the breastbone, and is activated by applying light pressure to both sides simultaneously. The Elegant Mansion will relieve respiratory issues, coughing, sore throat, and the sensation of pressure in the chest.

8. Third Eye

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The “Third Eye” is a very common treatment spot for various ailments in Chinese acupuncture. The pressure point is located on the forehead, right between the eyebrows. Use your thumb to apply medium pressure to lower a fever, clear up a congested nose, and relieve congestion-related headaches.


Related Articles:

1. Acupressure Guides: All the Important Points and How to Use Them

2. 12 Common Myths about Colds and the Flu

3. 4 Crucial Things You Need to Know About the Flu Shot

4. 10 Habits That Increase Your Flu Risk

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