Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Pressure Point for a Runny Nose

Both locations of K27

Martial arts training can be so useful for health. Historically, many martial arts teachers were – and still are - skilled in traditional medicine.

Wong Fei Hung, the famous master of the Hung Gar Kung Fu system, ran his own clinic where he dispensed herbal remedies for many ailments. He was also an expert in the body’s pressure points.

There are well over 300 of these points on the human body. Each point can be either struck or grasped in self defense…or pressed and massaged to alleviate or cure a medical condition.

About 12 years ago, I was on my way to do a presentation. Of all things, the topic of the presentation was…martial arts and health! And I had a runny nose. Not just the average, annoying kind but the Kleenex-pressed-permanently-against-the-face variety.

As I turned onto the ramp for the highway, I knew I had only 15 minutes before I was to meet my group. I had to do something drastic.

While my left hand held the steering wheel, I began pressing a point just below my left collarbone where it runs into the breastbone. It’s K27, the final point along a line of points known as the kidney meridian.

To be on the safe side, I also rubbed this point with small, gentle circles. I also tried some deep breathing but quickly gave up. My runny nose was having none of that!

15 minutes later, by the time I pulled off the highway, my nose had cleared.

I had known about K27 and its usefulness for colds and allergies yet had never bothered to do anything with it. That day gave me a new appreciation for a point acupuncturists call “elegant mansion”.

Problems with breathing, chest congestion, sore throat, coughing, runny nose…K27 may help alleviate these. As well, this point boosts the body’s immune system. So as you press or massage K27, you’re also boosting your ability to fight your cold or allergy.

PLEASE NOTE: there are two K27 points, one below where the left collarbone enters the breastbone and one below where the right collarbone enters the breastbone.

For added effect, cross your arms in front of you and press or masssage K27 gently on the left side with the middle finger of your right hand…and press or massage K27 gently on the right side with the middle finger of your left hand.

Relax, and if you can, breathe slowly and deeply.

In future, I’d like to show you a point on the foot that actually cured me of plantar fasciitis – again in just 15 minutes!


  1. Hi Snow Tiger,

    Can you write a post about how to address lower back pain caused by low-tech office chairs? Changing the chair is not an option. Thanks!

  2. Hi,

    Certainly! I've done that kind of work for folks in office environments - and yes, sometimes changing the chair is not an option. This is an important issue. Please consult with a medical practitioner to make sure that there are no other reasons for the back pain. In the meantime, I'll prepare a post. Thereafter, please stay in touch to let me know how it goes. Everyone is an individual; what works for one person may not necessarily work for another.

  3. Wow. Thanks for the helpful article. I just tried following your instructions. It was much more pleasant.

  4. Thanks for the article was suffering the worst ever, it was humid outside and nothing I had taken all day worked and I needed some sleep,and with your nose running its impossible.I am familiar with pressure points, but had never heard of that one, and was surprised to find out how sore those spots actually were. Article was much appreciated.Dee


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