How to Relieve Sinus Pain with Acupressure

Learn to apply pressure to points of the body with your thumbs or fingers to relieve sinus pain.


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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

  • A correct diagnosis
  • A chair
  • Fingers
  • Pressure points
  • An empty stomach
  • A pencil eraser (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Diagnose correctly

    Consult a doctor to determine that what you are feeling is sinus pain and nothing else.

  2. Step 2

    Get comfortable

    Lie down or sit comfortably in a chair.

  3. Step 3

    Place your thumbs

    Place your thumbs on the upper ridge of your eye sockets and press into the area near the bridge of your nose for one minute.

  4. Step 4

    Place your fingers

    Place both of your middle fingers and index fingers beside your nostrils. Press up and underneath the cheekbones for one minute.

  5. Do acupressure on an empty stomach for best results.

  6. Step 5

    Press into elbow joint

    Bend your arm and place your thumb at the end of the elbow crease on the outside of your forearm. Press into the elbow joint for one minute and repeat on your opposite arm.

  7. Step 6

    Press into back of hand

    Place your right thumb in the webbing between your index finger and thumb. Squeeze your thumb and index finger of your right hand together to press into the webbing and hold for one minute. Switch hands.

  8. You can use the eraser end of a pencil instead of your thumbs and fingers.

  9. Step 7

    Add variety

    Try all of the pressure points at once or do a few a day to relieve sinus pain and pressure.

  10. Did you know? Sinus problems affect an estimated 60 million Americans.