19 September, 2019 Physician Kang Ting Tan

DIY Acupressure Massages to survive this haze season

Much to our displeasure, the haze is back. If you’re experiencing headaches, dry and itchy throat, irritable eyes or running nose, check out our previous article for some tea concoctions you can brew at home as well as the below DIY acupressure points to relieve discomforts!

Headache

Location: Highest point of the muscle bulge when the thumb and index finger are brought together.

Direction: Place your right thumb on the muscle bulge between your left thumb and index finger. Place your right index finger on the opposite side of the hand and press hard. You should feel a sore and painful sensation. Press for 1 to 2 minutes, then switch sides.

Note: Pregnant women should avoid this point as it can induce labour.

 

Eye Discomfort

Location: Located between the eyes, at the front end of the eyebrows.

Direction: Massage in a circular motion 6 times.

Note: Before massaging anywhere on your face, do ensure that your hands are clean!

 

Location: At the tender depression at the temple area, one inch away from the point between the end of your eyebrow and corner of your eye.

Direction: Massage in a circular motion 6 times.

 

Direction: Close your eyes and do an upper and lower orbital massage for both eyes 6 times.

Upper Orbital Massage: With your thumb on your temple, use the pads of your index finger to massage the area starting from the inside corner of each socket and press slowly in circular motions, towards the outer edge of the eyelids.

Lower Orbital Massage: With your thumb on your temple, use the pads of your index finger to massage the area starting from the inside corner of each socket and press slowly in circular motions, towards the outer corner of the eye.

 

Runny Nose

If you have a runny nose or feel like your sinusitis is acting up, repeat both steps below 2 to 3 times.

Location: Beside the wing of the nose, at the meeting point with the nasolabial line.

Direction: Massage on the point for 1 minute. Then massage both sides of the nose wing in an up-down motion for 10 times.

 

Directions: Rub and massage both ear lobes until they turn warm (around 30 seconds). Then gently massage along the area, in an up-down motion from below the ear to the collar bone 3 times.

Note: Massage one side at a time!

 

Dry/Itchy Throat

Location: Spread the thumb and index finger of both hands, crossing them so that the index finger of one hand comes to rest on the styloid process of the other.

Direction: Gently massage on the point for 30 seconds.

 

Location: On the neck in the depression above the upper border of the hyoid bone.

Direction: Gently massage on the point for 30 seconds.

Note: Information provided is not a substitute for a physician or any form of medical care. Individual symptoms differ due to different body constitutions and diagnosis. One should consult a licensed TCM practitioner for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

About the Author

Physician Kang Ting Tan Physician Tan Kang Ting was a scholarship recipient of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine Foreign Student Scholarship. She was also awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal in NTU. She has a passion for learning. She continuously upgrades herself by reading TCM books, journals and e-learning platforms. Her caring personality is well-liked by her patients.

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