Acupressure for Bronchitis and Cough

November 2, 2022
3 min

Acupuncture Points Mentioned in this Article

As we transition into colder seasons, it's important to take care of our respiratory health, especially if you have pre-existing conditions like asthma or COPD. In Chinese medicine, the lungs are considered a "tender organ" that requires special attention. By incorporating acupressure into your wellness routine, you can provide relief for bronchitis symptoms and support your overall lung health.

Understanding Bronchitis from a Chinese Medicine Perspective

Chinese medicine views bronchitis as a condition caused by heat in the lungs and congestion due to external pathogens. Chronic cases often involve deficiencies in the lung-large intestine network, which can compromise the body's natural immunity. In addition to traditional treatments like cupping and acupuncture, incorporating natural remedies and lifestyle changes can support the healing process.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the lungs not only function to distribute oxygen throughout the body but also play a significant role in managing our Qi (energy). The lungs are interconnected with the skin and are responsible for the opening and closing of sweat pores, directly affecting our resistance to diseases. Therefore, when the lungs are weak or compromised, it can lead to a susceptibility to illnesses like colds, coughs, and bronchitis.

5 Acupressure Points to Help Relieve Bronchitis Symptoms

Acupressure involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to stimulate healing and relieve symptoms. Here are five acupressure points that can help soothe breathing, redirect lung energy, and alleviate cough:

  1. Cubit Marsh Point: Extend your arm out with the palm facing up. Look for the elbow crease. There you'll notice a large tendon. The point is situated on the outer side (towards your thumb) of this tendon. The Cubit Marsh Point is Located in the elbow crease on the outer side of the large tendon. Apply moderate pressure with your left thumb for 2 minutes. Repeat on the other arm.

  2. Lie Que Point: Fold out your arm and palm facing upwards. From the wrist crease, measure 1.5 cun (an ancient Chinese measurement, roughly the width of your thumb at the knuckle) towards your elbow. The point is located there. Press the point for 1 minute and then take a 4-hour break before repeating.

  3. Three Yin Intersection Point: Sit down, locate the tip of your inner ankle bone. Measure 3 cun (roughly the width of four fingers held together) upwards along the shin. The point lies there, just behind your shinbone. Located 3 cun upwards from the tip of the ankle joint bone, behind the vertical leg bone. Press the point for at least 1 minute, focusing on natural breathing.

  4. Chest Center Point: Find the midpoint between your two nipples (or approximately the center of your chest for females). The point is positioned there on your sternum or chest bone. Positioned midway between the two nipples on the chest bone, keep pressing the point while breathing naturally throughout the treatment.

  5. Celestial Chimney Point: Place a finger at the base of your throat, where you feel a dip or indentation between the collar bones. Move your finger slightly above this dip to find a shallow indentation. This is the Celestial Chimney point. Located at the base of the throat, above the vertical chest bone in a shallow indentation. Press the point for 1 minute, allowing yourself to breathe naturally.'

Herbal Remedies to Support Respiratory Health

Traditional Chinese medicine also offers a range of herbal remedies that can be beneficial.

  • (Fritillaria Bulb Chuan Bei 川貝:)[] Commonly used to treat respiratory issues, including cough and bronchitis, with mucous clearing properties
  • Yang Yin Qing Fei 養陰清肺: Is a standard off-the-shelf formulation of herbs that is commonly used to treat bronchitis and lung related conditions.

Supporting Acupressure with Proper Medical Care

While acupressure can be a valuable tool for relieving bronchitis symptoms, it's essential to seek proper medical care and guidance from a healthcare professional. Acupressure should complement, not replace, appropriate medical attention and treatment. If you're experiencing severe health problems, be sure to consult your doctor and consider seeking a second medical opinion.

Protecting Your Lungs: Tips from Chinese Medicine

The lungs play a critical role in regulating immunity. They circulate a thin protective fluid layer called "Wei qi," which acts as a barrier against pathogens. To maintain optimal lung function and immunity, it's important to create a moderate environment for your lungs. Avoid extreme dryness, moisture, heat, or coldness. Additionally, take extra precautions during the shift from summer to autumn and the approaching cold and flu season.

By incorporating acupressure points into your regular routine and following appropriate medical advice, you can support your respiratory health and find relief from bronchitis symptoms. Take the time to nurture your tender lungs and prioritize your overall well-being.

Not Medical Advice:

The information provided in this article is intended for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. While the practices and insights from traditional Chinese medicine can be beneficial, they are not a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, treatment, or advice. Always consult with a licensed healthcare provider about any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment options. Do not disregard or delay seeking professional medical advice based on the information provided in this article. Always prioritize your safety and well-being.

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