Eastern medicine adherents believe that colds or the flu can occur when cold, moist energy from the atmosphere enters the body, especially through acupressure points at the back of the neck. Stimulating these points with pressure and massage will reduce cold and flu symptoms. Keeping these areas warm will help prevent them.
Apply acupressure to these points using your thumbs, fingers, palms, or the side of your hand to apply steady, stationary pressure for three to five seconds. Repeat this firm pressure for three to five times.
- Poong-mun (Wind Gate, BL12): Two finger widths on either side of the second thoracic vertebrae. This is the most vulnerable point where cold and damp energy may initially enter the body.
- Dae-chu (Great Hammer, GV14): Right below the 7th cervical vertebrae. You can locate this point by bending your head forward and finding the biggest bone where the neck and the shoulders meet. Place your finger right below this bone. Now return your head to an upright position. Make sure you find the point after the head has returned; when the head returns to an upright position, the location rises slightly. You can also tap over this point with a cupped hand.
- Joong-bu (Central Treasury, LU1): Place your middle fingers in the hollow areas directly below the protrusions of the collarbone just outside your upper breastbone. Press this point with your thumb or make a fist with your right hand with your thumb folded in and gently tap this point on the left side. Do this for one to three minutes and then switch sides. If this is too painful or if blockages still remain, rub the pressure points with the pads of your fingers.
- Oon-mun (Cloud Gate, LU2): Just below the collarbone on either side of your shoulders. Press this point with your thumb or make a fist with your right hand with your thumb folded in and gently tap this point on the left and then the right side for one to three minutes each. If this is too painful or if blockages still remain, rub the pressure points with the pads of your fingers.
Never press an open wound, swollen or inflamed skin, a bruise, surgery scar, varicose veins, or broken bones. Avoid acupressure if you have a skin infection, or a serious heart, kidney, or lung disorder. Avoid it in the area of a known tumor.
By treating yourself with acupressure, you not only gain enhanced health but also experience the truth: your body is not you, but yours. Through self-healing you gain the power of self-control. By using a combination of methods including meridian exercises, deep abdominal breathing, meditation, and acupressure, you can improve your health while feeling more alive yet serene.
You can learn more acupressure points as well as simple exercises for common health symptoms in my book Meridian Exercise for Self-Healing.