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When a stuffy nose hits, it feels like breathing clearly and easily may never come again. Allergies, colds, and even changes in weather can leave our sinuses blocked, with medicine seeming like the only option. But don’t break out the medication just yet—relieving the pressure of a stuffy nose, a stuffy head, and stuffy ears can be as easy as touching a pressure point.
TRICK #1: USE YOUR TONGUE & PRESS BETWEEN EYEBROWS
When we turn to nose-clearing cold and allergy remedies, we often look for pills that can make all that mucus disappear. Instead of this method, though, we should try to move the fluid out of the head.
Reddit user gymfork points out that this is exactly where acupressure comes in. By placing pressure on certain points of the body, we can stimulate the flow of fluid and get our noses breathing clearly—and one of the best points for sinus problems is in our mouths.
Gymfork suggests pushing the tongue flat against the roof of the mouth, while simultaneously pushing a finger against the skin between the eyebrows. Hold pressure against these points for 20 seconds, and you’ll begin to feel relief from your symptoms. Once you release your tongue and soften your finger, you’ll start to feel movement towards the back of the throat as the buildup softens.
If that doesn’t work for you, alternate between pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth and pressing between your eyebrows. In acupressure, the point in-between your eyebrows is called the Yintang acupoint, right where the nasion is located, according to Dr. Joseph M. Helms, president of Helms Medical Institute and author ofAcupuncture Energetics: A Clinical Approach for Physicians.
TRICK #2: APPLY PRESSURE ACROSS YOUR EYEBROWS
If you feel your stuffed sinuses climbing up into the higher reaches of your head, you might want to try a different pressure point to clear both the nose and the upper sinuses.
Massage therapist Amber Lynn Vitale explains that by moving across the eyebrows, you can encourage the movement of “stuck” fluid.
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