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Get Rid Of Your Cold Fast Using These 3 Reflexology Points

Banish Nasal Congestion In Less Than 5 Minutes
Holly Tse
Sep 13, 2016 at 03:00 PM

As the weather cools and kids head back to school, it can seem like everyone you know is either fighting off a cold or suffering from seasonal allergies. Ragweed pollen flourishes when the nights are cool, but the days are still warm. And, did you know that according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, you’re more likely to catch a cold when the seasons change?

Luckily, this ancient healing tradition offers wisdom to help relieve a runny nose and congestion—and it doesn’t matter whether you’ve got sniffles from a cold or whether it’s your allergies acting up. Discover how to strengthen your respiratory system with three powerful Chinese reflexology points.


1. Lung Point


The Chinese reflexology point for the Lungs is your best ally for fighting off a cold, or for dealing with seasonal allergies. In Chinese Medicine, one of the primary roles of the Lungs and their associated energy meridian is to spread wei qi—a life force energy that helps protect the body from pathogens and allergens. 

When Lung qi is weak, the defensive barrier formed by wei qi is compromised, and that’s what makes your body susceptible to germs and pollen. Massaging the Chinese reflexology point for the Lungs can help boost the energy in the Lung meridian so that it can carry out its role of distributing wei qi to protect the body.

How to Locate and Massage the Lung Point

The Lung point is a rectangular-shaped area on the sole of your foot. It’s located on the ball of the foot below the three middle toes. The reflexology point for your right foot corresponds to the right lung, and the point on the left foot corresponds to the left lung.

There are two ways you can massage this point. The first is to press in with your thumb pad and massage in an up and down direction where up is toward your toes and down is toward your heel. The second method is to wrap the fingers of both hands around your foot, and press into the reflexology area with both of your thumbs. Massage in small circles for a couple of seconds and work your way across and down the entire Lung point. Massage this area on both of your feet for 30 to 60 seconds per foot.

I’d recommend using a medium to hard pressure to start, but if the point feels extra-sensitive, ease up on the pressure. It’s okay to feel slightly uncomfortable, but don’t press so hard that it feels extremely painful. When you have a cold or allergies, it’s likely that your Lung point will feel more sensitive. This sensitivity is indicative of an energy block, weakness, or disharmony in the Lung meridian. As the Lungs’ energy returns to balance, the sensitivity level of this reflexology point will decrease.


2. Sinus Point


The sinus reflexology point is amazing for clearing congestion in your nose, nasal cavities, and sinuses. Massaging this point sends qi to these areas, and this energy helps the body clear away mucus.


How to Locate and Massage the Sinus Point


You have ten reflexology points for the sinus, but the main sinus point is located on the tip of your big toe pad. Your left toe is for the right side of your face, and the left toe is for the right side. You may have noticed that this is opposite of what you just learned for the Lung point. The reason why it’s different is because in Chinese reflexology, the body’s energy meridians cross over and switch sides at your neck. Thus, reflexology points for the left side of your body from the neck up will be located on your right foot, and vice versa.

To massage your sinus point, use your thumb and forefinger to pinch and rub the point side to side. Use a firm pressure to do this, like you’re trying to rub something sticky off your toe pad. Rub the point for 30 seconds per foot.


3. Nose Point


When your nose is red from blowing it too much, the nose reflexology point can help soothe the soreness. This point also helps increase the flow of qi through your nose to clear mucus and unblock stuffiness.


How to Locate and Massage the Nose Point


The nose reflexology point is located on the outside edge of your big toe along the line where the sole meets the skin. You’ll find it beside the toenail right above the toe knuckle. Similar to the sinus point, the left toe corresponds to the right side of your nose and the right toe corresponds to the left side.

When massaging this point, use a medium pressure like you would use to scratch an itch. You need to be gentler with this point because of its proximity to the toenail as you don’t want to press so hard that you cause irritation.


To massage this point, support the toe with your fingers—any fingers will suffice—and use your thumb pad to massage the point from side to side. You’ll be massaging perpendicular to the toe so that your thumb will travel toward the underside of the toe pad, and then go back toward the top surface of the toenail. It’s like you’re “sawing” the toe. Do this for 30 seconds per foot.

Putting It All Together

Now that you’ve learned a trio of powerful reflexology points, let’s take everything you’ve learned so far and create a mini routine that you can practice whenever you have a runny nose and congestion.


  1. Lung point – Massage the ball of your foot (below the three middle toes) in an up and down direction for 30 to 60 seconds per foot. Alternately, you can press in with your thumbs and massage in small circles as you make your way across and down the Lung point.
  2. Sinus point – Massage the tip of your big toe pad from side to side for 30 seconds per foot.
  3. Nose point – Massage the outside edge of your big toe (next to the toenail) from side to side for 30 seconds per foot.

Massage these three points up to four times a day until you're feeling better. Here’s a recommended schedule for when to practice this mini reflexology routine:

  • When you first wake up
  • Either one hour before or after lunch
  • One hour before dinner
  • Before you go to sleep

The Importance of Taking It Easy

While this mini routine can help relieve a runny nose and congestion, it’s important that you get enough rest and look after yourself, too. When you’re feeling run down both mentally and physically, that’s when your qi is low and your body is less resilient.

So even though fall is often the time for buckling down to work, remember to listen to your body and gently ease back into the swing of things. And for those times when the weather gets the best of you, practice these powerful Chinese reflexology points to help you breathe clearly.


More Reflexology Points to Help You Stay Healthy and Thrive


If you’d like to learn additional Chinese reflexology points, check out the following:

  • For a sore or itchy throat – Read this article on An Easy Way to Clear Your Throat Chakra Using Reflexology []
  • For a common cold remedy – Visit my website to download a Quick Reference chart of my five-minute cold remedy routine to help you get over a cold faster []
  • For seasonal allergy symptoms – You can also visit my website to download a Quick Reference chart that includes additional reflexology points for allergy relief. 

For a comprehensive introduction to Chinese reflexology, check out my new book, Sole Guidance: Ancient Secrets of Chinese Reflexology to Heal the Body, Mind, Heart, and Spirit. It’s a fun and easy way to learn how to massage your feet to improve your health and vitality.

About Author
Holly Tse
Holly Tse is a holistic healer and certified massage practitioner who has been practicing Chinese reflexology since 2004. After astonishingly healing herself from three major health crises, Holly discovered that she could channel Universal Continue reading