I’ve had good results using Acupressure points for relieving asthma. I conducted an unpublished preliminary research study, which found that four out of five adult asthmatics tested had a 20 percent increase in their vital lung capacity immediately after receiving 20 minutes of Acupressure. The study used high tech equipment at Oakland Children’s Hospital Pulmonary Department.
We also tested the effects of inhalers for a comparison. I was impressed how dramatically effective the inhaler drugs worked. Although respiratory drugs have side affects, where as Acupressure has no side affects and self-acupressure is free.
Understanding the location of the most effective Acupressure points for asthma takes common sense. On an Acupressure chart or an Acupuncture chart, look for the Lung 1 (Lu 1) points on the front and back at the level of the lungs to relieve asthma.
The video clip above demonstrates how to find the first Lung meridian Acupressure point (Lu 1, on both sides of this image) on the upper chest for relieving asthmatic symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest congestion, chest tightness, and wheezing. I’ll show you how to find and press the point for asthma relief in the clip.
The other points, on the front of your body for relieving asthma are below your collarbone, underneath your pectoral muscles (K 27, St 13, St 16). If your muscles are strong and developed, you can press deeply. However, if the muscles are weak or tender, use only a light touch. Focus the pressure directly on your knotted chest muscles, especially were it’s sore. Hold for a minute or two while you take several slow, deep breaths.
The most potent Acupressure point for asthma on the back is between the upper portion of the shoulder blades and the upper spine (B 36). Feel for knots in this upper back area, on both sides. Place two tennis balls on these points, while lying on your back, with your knees bent, feet on the floor or bed. Allow your body weight to apply the pressure as you take several long, slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed. Always relax deeply afterwards for at least 5 to 10 minutes, to discover the full benefits.