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Sinusitis, or inflamed sinuses, block the drainage of mucous, leading to pressure and pain behind your forehead, temples, cheeks, nose or eyes. Acupressure for sinusitis involves gently pressing areas on your face, which may release tension and lessen your experience of pain -- though acupressure is not a substitute for medical treatment. Discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor before trying acupressure, especially if you are pregnant or have a chronic illness.

Technique

Acupressure points are slight indentations near sensitive nerves or blood vessels. Use your fingers to gently explore the location of the acupressure point until you find the indentation, which frequently feels sore or tender. Press the point with your fingertips using firm, steady pressure, but do not cause pain. Hold each point for 60 seconds, though you may feel muscular tension releasing after 30 seconds. Press each point for sinusitis while breathing deeply into your belly, then repeat once more before ending your acupressure session. Use acupressure before bed, or when you have time to relax and appreciate the effects.



B2 and B10

Sit comfortably or lie down when doing acupressure to help you relax. Find acupressure point B2 where the ridge of your eyebrows meet the bridge of your nose, just within the eye socket. Press B2 on both sides of your face using your left thumb and forefinger. Find B10 points 1/2-inch down from the base of your skull on the two ropy muscles on the back of your neck. Press the B10 points with curled fingers and the heel of your right hand while you continue to press B2 points. Close your eyes and breathe deeply while holding these points.

LI20 and Bitong

Locate and press both LI20 points, just to the side of each nostril while breathing deeply. Move your fingers to the Bitong points halfway down the bridge of the nose, once you finish pressing LI20. Press both points at the same time if it provides more relief, using the index and middle finger of each hand. Feel around for the tender spots to indicate the right locations.

LI4 and Yingtang

Find LI4 on the web of flesh between your index finger and thumb on the back of either hand. Squeeze your left thumb and forefinger together, then press into the highest bulge in the muscle, using the index and thumb of your right hand. Press LI4 for at least 30 seconds, then switch sides. Do not use LI4 if you are pregnant, because it may stimulate premature contractions, according to Michael Reed Gach in "Acupressure's Potent Points." Find Yingtang, also known as GV24.5 or the third eye point, by pressing fingers into the indentation between your eyebrows.


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