Top 9 Acupressure Points for Allergies

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes many points on the body that can be massaged to support healing from common allergies to many other common health conditions. You can easily massage these points on your own hands or body or ask a partner to massage the points on your hands or body, depending on the point locations. These healing points are also called acupoints. These acupoints are located along invisible energy lines called meridians or channels that connect to various organs and systems in the body. When pressed or massaged, these points can induce therapeutic functions that are specific to each point, from reducing watery and itchy eyes to alleviating sinus and lung congestion.

Meridians are similar to rivers. If a tree falls in a river, it may disrupt the flow of water through the river and may even affect any tributaries that flow from the river. A blockage along the meridian is similar to a tree that falls in the water: it may disrupt the proper flow of energy throughout the body. When blockages occur we experience many possible symptoms ranging from fatigue to pain. If the blockages continue over time, we experience any number of possible illnesses, including allergies. Using finger pressure at the points where the blockages occur helps them to disperse, thereby allowing the free flow of energy along the meridians again. When energy flows smoothly we experience freedom from negative symptoms and better overall health.

Proponents of acupressure often espouse specific approaches to pressing or rubbing the points, you can get great results from doing what feels right for you and not getting caught up in theory. Most people find that holding the points firmly works well for them. Please be patient. It may take some time while holding or massaging the points for the best results. And you might not experience it immediately afterward either. But with consistent use on a daily basis, the effort will be worth it.

DU 20 The Du channel is one of the two main channels to supply energy to all the other meridians. Du 20 is arguably the most powerful point on the body and is located on the top of the head, about two-thirds of the way to the back of the head, directly in the middle if you drew an imaginary line from the chin over the nose, between the eyes and over the head. It is found in a slightly soft spot that is sometimes tender to touch (the highest red dot on the picture below).

Womans face spotted acupressure points, close up front view

Ren 22 The Ren channel is the other main energy supply for all the meridians. Ren 22 is located at the base of the neck (the lowest red dot in the above picture).

Lung 1 is located on the front of the chest where it meets the shoulder joint on both sides of the chest (illustrated below).

Man with masseuse's hands

Large Intestine 4 is located at the top of the crease when you push your thumb against your forefinger, on both hands (shown below).

The beautician who massages a hand

Large Intestine 19 is located on the upper lip immediately below the nostrils, which is fairly self-explanatory.

Large Intestine 20 is located just beside the outer edge of the nostrils, beside both left and right nostrils (see the points alongside the nose in the illustration below).

Acupressure points on face

Spleen 10 is located on the upper leg about an inch above the top border of the kneecap toward the inside of the legs, on both legs. Although it may seem completely unrelated to allergies, Spleen 10 is actually one of the best points to alleviate allergy symptoms, particularly when it is vigorously massaged. The point being held on the right side of the picture below is Spleen 10.

Chiropractor massaging a patient's knee

Gall Bladder 21 is located on the top of the shoulder about halfway between the outer edge of the shoulder joint and the neck, on both the left and ride sides (the 2 dots on the shoulders below).

Acupressure points of neck and shoulders, close up, rear view

Extra 1 is located midway between the inner edges of the eyebrows. This point is good for allergy-induced headaches, nasal congestion and issues with the eyes (illustrated below).

man lying, gets massage, reiki,acupressure on his face

The key to effective acupressure is regularity. Daily treatments, preferably two to three times daily are ideal.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, president of PureFood BC, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Allergy-Proof Your Life: Natural Remedies for Allergies that Work!

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51 comments

Margie FOURIE
Margie F2 months ago

Thank you

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heather g
heather g2 months ago

Gosh, some of these points differ from what I've read previously. I have asthma and recently discovered an easy hand mudra which works - so I use it regularly.
Thank you - I enjoyed this article.

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Mike A
Mike A2 months ago

good info to try

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Virginia M
Virginia M3 months ago

Good info, thanks

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Kathy K
Kathy K3 months ago

Interesting. Thanks.

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Michele B
Michele B3 months ago

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