How to Relieve a Stuffy Nose with Acupressure

Got a cold? Breathe easier with a move from the ancient Chinese medicinal technique, acupressure.


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Get the lowdown on acupressure, and how it differs from acupuncture, in this Howcast video series on the popular alternative therapy. You'll learn how to use acupressure to stop a cough and how to use it to relieve nausea, menstrual cramps, insomnia, a stuffy nose, and sinus pain. It just takes knowing exactly where to apply the pressure.

You Will Need

  • Two hands


  1. If you feel pain when using acupressure, stop immediately. Pregnant women should not use acupressure.

  2. Step 1

    Press under your cheekbone

    Using your index fingers, press the areas at the bottom of your cheekbones, directly below your pupils. Called the Facial Beauty points, they are also believed to be an effective location for toning facial muscles.

  3. Step 2

    Keep the pressure on

    Place strong pressure on the points and hold it for 30 seconds to a minute.

  4. To make it more effective, press up toward your eyes as well as in toward your jaw.

  5. Step 3


    Repeat several times a day.

  6. Your nose can produce up to three quarts of mucus every day.