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Pressure Points to Relieve Congestion

By Cynthia Myers ; Updated August 14, 2017

Acupressure seeks to alleviate congestion by balancing the flow of energy, or chi, along meridians in the body. These same meridians are a tenet of acupuncture and other Asian medical modalities. If your symptoms of congestion persist or are accompanied by high fever, consult a physician. If you're simply trying to relieve a sinus headache or a stuffy nose, you can try applying pressure to some key pressure points and see if that brings you relief.

Outer Wrist

Cover one hand with the other, thumbs hooked together. Extend the pointer finger of the top hand. Where the end of the finger meets the wrist of the bottom hand, feel for a slight indentation between the tendons. Apply pressure with the thumb or knuckle to this area to help relieve congestion, according to Stanford University.

Thumb Joint

Make a fist with your thumb resting alongside your curled fingers. Just above the end of the crease where your thumb connects to your hand you'll feel a muscular pad of flesh. Apply pressure to this point to ease congestion.

Back of Head

At the back of the head on either side of the place where the spinal column meets the skull lie two pressure points. Apply hard pressure to both of these sites and you should soon start to feel drainage from clogged sinuses. You can also stroke downward on the tendons on either side of the spinal column to encourage further drainage.


For pain in the front of the face, try pressing hard on your cheek, right where the outside corner of the nose joins the face.

Third Eye

Applying pressure at the top of the bridge of the nose, between your two eyes, can help relieve both sinus pain and pressure, according to


For chest congestion, suggests applying pressure to the chest. Follow the collarbone until it meets the breastbone. The appropriate pressure points are in the hollow just below the juncture of the breastbone and collarbone on either side of the chest.

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