Pollen is the most common allergen in summer and is the reason behind several seasonal allergies such as hay fever, skin rashes, rosacea and asthma. With mild to moderate to severe symptoms, pollen sensitivity can be dangerous for asthmatics and people with other chronic respiratory diseases.
While over-the-counter antihistamines provide relief to some extent, they often leave you drowsy and have other unpleasant side effects such as nausea.
However, if you’re looking for a natural solution to keep allergies at bay, you can try acupressure or reflexology, which not only help you deal with seasonal allergies, but also strengthen your immune system.
Acupressure & Allergies
Allergies are an over-exaggerated response of your immune system to a threat, which can be anything from pollen to pollutants to foods. The flu-like symptoms, which can be a clogged nose, congestion, sore throat, fever or headache, put you under a lot of stress, worsening your condition.
Acupressure, the ancient modality of alternative medicine, can be useful in treating seasonal allergies. Tom Ingegno, a licensed acupuncturist and vice chairman of the Maryland Board of Acupuncture says, “Acupressure can be used to target seasonal symptoms such as sinus congestion, itchy or watery eyes, headaches and general fogginess brought on by allergies.”
Acupressure works to calm the nervous system by stimulating reflex points in your feet, hands, face and ears, leaving you energized and healed.
“Applying pressure to various points on the hands, feet, face and head can alleviate a wide range of symptoms. Stimulating certain key points will not only dissipate stress, but also strengthen the immune system, balance any energy blocks and promote overall wellness,” adds Tom.
Acupressure Points To Lessen Your Allergy Woes
Tom gives three simple pressure points to obtain relief from allergy symptoms.
1. The first point, called LV 3, is located on the top of the foot, between the first and the second tarsals. Follow the space between the first and second toe on the top of the foot. Find the sore spot between the two bones and apply mild to moderate pressure, depending on your comfort level. This point nourishes the eyes and helps reduce the overall allergic response.
2. The second point, LI 4, which is considered the command point for the face, is located between the thumb and the index finger. It helps clear the sinuses, alleviates headaches and is a classical acupuncture pairing with LV3 to help circulate energy smoothly throughout the body.
3. The Third Point, LI 20, clears the sinuses and is located at the side of the nose.
Finally, Tom adds, “For all the points on the body described here, except for the ones that are in the center of the body or along the midline, press on both sides. Pressure should be mild to moderate and held for 15 to 30 seconds. You can do these points several times a day for optimal results. With each location, look for soreness at the point to confirm the exact spot.”