Hi yall :) I have really bad congestion in my nose! Can barely breathe through my nose at all! ! Have tried alot of stuff but nothing works for me :( this has been a problem for a couple years already. Doctor just says its cause of allergies. I don’t take anything now cause i find it doesn’t help. Im thinking about trying a couple sessions of acupuncture next week… Just curious has anyone ever tried it? Why? Did it help?
@painfulfart, I work at a physiotherapy clinic where we practice acupuncture, I’ve also had it various times. I’ve had it on my back and thigh, usually for muscle tightness. It works for me.
People come in and get it done in their jaw, maybe give someone a call and suss it out?
An interesting fact most people don’t know of. If you press your finger to the top of the bridge of your nose where it meets your forehead, and push your tongue against the roof of your mouth, apply constant pressure on those two place for about a minute. when you begin take your first couple breaths through your nose to feel how congested you are, then breathe through your mouth for about the next 30 seconds, then try breathing through you nose again. If you feel that your nasal passage has considerably opened then keep breathing through your nose. if not then take your breath back to your mouth. continue for another 30 seconds or whenever you want to stop it’s up to you. It does take at least about 30 seconds for anything to happen. The first time i did this after 30 seconds when i switched my breathe to my nose i could feel how it was opening up, and every breathe in my nose after that i could feel it open a little more. However i know nothing of acupuncture, I hope that works but try this a few times before and after, see how it goes.
@painfulfart I tried it several times for sleeplessness, high stress and restlessness. I think it worked, because i felt relaxed afterwards, and the tension went away while under the needles. I had about 20 needles all over my body.
Not to deter from the acupuncture thing, but are you sure you just don’t need your septum realigned? Has anyone every checked to see if that might be contributing?
@groig22 haha yes ive tried that before but it rarely works for me :( and when it does moments later its back to being blocked like a wall again lol
@lytning91 no i have not yet had that checked, all my doctor says is I have year-round allergies. I might ask next time i see him to see a nose specialist. I am going to make an appointment when i see my friend next shes recommended a place shes gone. I will let people know how it went thanks :)
Some pressure point techniques to try:
Push your thumb in between your eyebrows, then release and push your tongue up into the roof of your mouth. Then alternate between the two for a minute or so, using roughly 1/2sec intervals.
Tilt your head back, pinch the bridge of your nose and hold for a minute or so.
Massage the area around the eyes, nose, and cheekbones.
Other things to try:
Certain foods are great for clearing up congested nose and sinus cavities. Wasabi, horseradish, strong mustard, garlic, apple cider vinegar. Eat it raw, chew it for a long time, swallow slowly. If it’s not chewable, at least swish it around your mouth for at least half a minute or so.
Flush your sinuses, no you don’t need some neti pot or other product for this. Just good old water, a funnel makes it very easy.
Force the nose open by forcefully exhaling through your nose. To make it easier, pull your nose wings out to the sides while doing this. Be careful not to blow your ear drums though, but there really shouldn’t be any risk.
Use a sauna, heat dissolves the mucus. If you don’t have a sauna, take a hot shower or bath, drink coffee and/or tea, or go for a jog. That’s right, go for a jog, not only does this heat your body but it also forces your body into breathing more effeciently and gets your blood pumping real good. This works wonders on congestions.
Don’t use those nasal sprays. They relive you for a very short while, and then the mucous membranes go into overdrive to defend against the abrasive chemicals, producing even more mucus and clogging your sinus cavities up real bad.
Most people are constantly dehydrated. It doesn’t hurt to drink more. You could safely drink 8 liters a day, without any risk of internal drowning whatsoever. Most people rarely drink more than 1 or 2 a day. Don’t drink it cold, you want to keep your body warm, plus your body can’t use cold water until it’s been adapted to the body’s temperature (which also expends energy that could be used to fight off the infection.) Drinking hot beverages like tea or cooffe, or just plain warm water, will help dissolve the congestion short-term as well as long-term.
Also, try eating less than usual. Eat cleaner, better, rawer food.
@manimal Thanks A lot for that post :) Garlic is a huge one! I eat a clove of raw garlic after dinner and it helps lots to clear me up :)
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