Asthma can take the wind out of you. Literally. Apart from inhalers and medicines to ease breathing, acupressure can help by balancing the bodily energies to restore normal breathing. It may seem implausible but we take a closer look at how acupressure can be used to treat asthma.
Acupressure comes under the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the treatment involves massaging blocked energy at the meridians. Acupressure follows the acupuncture points in balancing the negative (yin) and positive (yang) energy.
How does acupressure work?
Our energy or the life force flows through definite channels in the body, called meridians or energy pathways. This energy flow affects how we feel, how we think and the state of our mind. Imbalances occur when the body’s life-force energy gets blocked. Stress, trauma, injury, bad lifestyle habits all contribute to ill health and the blocking of energy. The meridian pathways govern the functions of all body systems like the nervous system, digestive system, reproductive system, endocrine system, etc. The meridian pathways have special meridian points that are linked to various organs in the body. When one or more meridian is blocked, you will have problems in that part of your body.
The basis of acupressure is that massaging and applying pressure to specific pressure points in the meridian pathway will allow the energy to flow freely and restore balance to the affected organ.
When the meridians for the digestive system are blocked, you will have various problems with digestion and hormone secretion, leading you to gain weight. Massaging the pressure points will clear the blockage, make the energy flow and restore the balance.
12 major meridians and 8 subsidiary ones in the body work as the pressure points. Pressing these key pressure points will bring about digestive balance in your body.
Acupressure for Asthma
Generally, acupressure is most effective for managing nausea and controlling lower back pain and headaches. But Dr Anjali Sharma, Senior Consultant in Naturopathy with Delhi based Action Group of Hospitals explains how and why we can use acupressure for managing asthma. Dr Anjali says, “Acupressure is a blessing for people suffering from asthma. Where conventional medications may pose as serious risk of side effects, acupressure relieves a patient from asthma in a harmless and natural way. For the treatment, the primary points used lie on the lung, stomach, kidney and bladder meridians and are selected on the basis of the patient’s symptoms. Acupressure can work miracles for the patient.”
It is recommended to consult an expert to pin point the points as he would be best to guide his fingertips in the right motion. We connect with Dr. Michael Reed Gach, author of acupressure books such as Acupressure’s Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments to explain the four pressure points you can apply pressure on to relieve the symptoms of asthma.
1) Lungs: The point is in the upper-outer part of your chest, under the collar bone and besides the breast bone. Move it in a circular motion for five minutes.
2) Collar bone: Not exactly on the collar bone but below it and underneath the pectoral muscle. Gently massage this spot to ease the energy.
3) Stomach: For the bladder meridians, the pressure point is below the eye. Use your index finger to press downwards towards the mouth.
4) Bladder: The pressure point for the bladder lies on the eyebrows. Gently massage by moving your fingers from the eyebrow towards the head.