There are a lot of coughs and colds going around at the moment. If you have a cough there are some simple acupressure points you can use to help bring some relief.
For a productive cough use the point on the wrist (Lung 9). It is on the wrist crease in the depression next to the bone.
For a dry cough use the point closer to the thumb (Lung 10). It is half way along the (metacarpal) bone where the skin changes colour.
They can both be used for a sore throat too. To use either of these points rub them for 30 secs then hold gently
Large Intestine 4 is one of the most well known and powerful acupuncture points on the body. It has many uses but it's main one is for pain. Pain arises as a result of energy stagnation. As Large Intestine 4 is a strong point for shifting energy, it can be used for any pain anywhere in the body. In particular this point is great for:
The point is located on the hand between your thumb crease and hand (see the picture). Start with your thumb against your hand and find the highest point of the mound next to the thumb crease. Hold this point with your opposite thumb. Keep holding the point and move your thumb back away from your hand as shown in the picture. If you put some pressure on the point toward the hand you may find it to be tender. Rub the point for 30 seconds then gently hold it for 5-10 minutes. You can use the point on either hand as often as you need.
CAUTION: Do NOT use this acupoint during pregnancy