Sunday, 11 January 2015

Coughing - Pressure Point Relief

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‘Tis the season. North American hospitals are filling up with patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms; germs are being passed around from family member to family member like gravy around the dinner table; shake someone’s hand and you might have sealed a deal for a new Ford F150 with a full tank of gas and two weeks of sneezing and diarrhea thrown in.

What bothers me the most is to see the little people trying to manage their cold symptoms. Kids in my classes struggle through bouts of dry coughing just to take part in the training they love.

Unless you rely on a couple of discreet coughs to wake the team member next to you at a sales meeting, coughing is simply unwanted…unwarranted…an unapologetically frustrating. The real trouble begins when coughing lasts more than a couple of days. That may signal conditions such as bronchitis or worse.

Doesn’t it always make you feel a whole lot better when you inform someone that you’ve been coughing for two days and he or she comes back with: “That’s nothing. I’ve been coughing for six weeks!”

Makes you want to spend the rest of the winter in a deep hole in the ground next to a snoring bear.

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Two years ago, I had a lengthy bout of throat congestion, raspy voice and fits of coughing. I managed my classes well enough because the adults and children were kind enough to roll with my new Darth Vader persona yet I did begin to wonder how long my voice would carry me before it would fade away.

Along came one of my Black Belts, Owen Clark, who suggested that I snack on raw garlic. It worked. Along with garlic, which destroys infections, I now keep my throat constantly lubricated with water. Water helps thin out phlegm, even the real sticky kind.

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But you may not have a real craving for garlic, or water, or a stick of ginger on your tongue. An alternative plan is to try some or all of the following acupressure points. I’ve found that they’ve worked for me, particularly K 27.

Remember to press or rub gently and gradually. CV 6  and CV 12 are not recommended during pregnancy. 

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CV 22 – located in the hollow at the base of the throat. Press very gently at a downward angle.

GV 16 – at the back of the head in the depression directly below the base of the skull. You can press CV 22 and B 10 at the same time.

B 10 – about ½ inch below the base of the skull and ½ inch out to either side of the spine.

B 38 – on the back, between the shoulder blade and the spine level with the heart. Obviously this point is in an area that is difficult to reach so the assistance of a partner is recommended. If not, place two golf balls or tennis balls on either side of the spine while lying down.

K 27 – in the depression below the medial end of the collar bone beside the sternum.


CV 6 – two finger widths directly below the umbilicus.

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CV 12 – four thumb widths above the umbilicus.

Some points may work for you, some may not. While pressing, close your eyes and breathe very slowly and deeply.

It is always recommended to first consult with a health care professional before attempting these points. The acupressure techniques above are in no way a substitute or an alternative to any current medical advice or treatment you are receiving.

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