Acupressure Techniques for Sinusitis

When sinus pain bothers you an ancient and often very effective form of self-massage called acupressure can be very helpful. Many people report significant pain relief when they press firmly on their sinus acupoints. Read a description of General Acupressure Techniques.

It only takes a few minutes to go through the acupressure exercises outlined below.


The most widely used acupressure points for sinusitis are described below. Follow the five steps in order for maximum relief. Repeat as often as needed.

  1. Begin by applying steady pressure for about 30 seconds to the LI20 points located on either side of the nostrils (see Illustration A).
  2. Then move on to the Bitong point located halfway down either side of the bridge of the nose, pressing for another 30 seconds or so.
  3. Next apply firm pressure to point LI4, located on the back of each hand in the web between the thumb and the index finger for 30 seconds on each hand (see Illustration B).
  4. Then, using both index fingers at once, go to two points, GB20, located in the hollow between the front and back neck muscles, behind the bony prominence behind the ear, and press on each for 30 seconds (see Illustration C).
  5. Finally, press on the Yintang point, in the middle of the forehead, between your eyebrows, for 30 seconds (see Illustration A).





To do acupressure, you'll need to use your index finger, thumb, or occasionally both of your index fingers.

  1. First, gently explore the indicated area (see diagrams) until you find a slight indentation. This is the acupressure point (there are usually small nerves and sensitive muscles or blood vessel groups at acupressure points).
  2. Next, press the point firmly and steadily using both direct pressure and/or a circular motion for about 30 seconds until you feel a dull ache that spreads around the area. (If there is a painful knot in a muscle at the acupressure point, the muscle will slowly relax and you should feel the change in about 30 seconds.
  3. Keep up the pressure for another 30 to 60 seconds; when you release you should feel the dull ache for few minutes.
  4. Move on to another point or points in the treatment zone for your ailment.
  5. Revisit the points at least one more time before ending your self-massage.

For more information, see the WholeHealthMD Reference Library entry on acupressure.

Date Published: 11/11/2016 > Printer-friendly Version Return to Top