Pain relief has been sought after by many people, not just cancer patients. Unfortunately, our approach to pain relief is usually reactive in nature, namely, to reach out for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), with Ibuprofen and aspirin as some of the more common ones.

These NSAIDs have serious side effects which may even exacerbate our pain condition.

Luckily, there are alternative natural medications and treatments which we can turn to for pain relief, such as Acupuncture and Acupressure.

Acupuncture and Primary Dysmenorrhea

A recent scientific study from the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China reviewed several literature on acupuncture or acupoint stimulation – and found out that it provides pain relief for cases of primary dysmenorrhea or PD (cramping before and during menstruation). Moreover, they also discovered that traditional Chinese acupuncture works very well with NSAIDs.

The Chinese researchers concluded that traditional Chinese medicine like acupuncture and acupressure can act as a complement for existing traditional therapies as a “non-pharmaceutical alternative”. In various quarters, acupuncture is already being used as pain relief for cancer patients.

Asthma and Acupressure

Likewise, Asthma is one of the most common health ailment in modern society today. A long-term lung disease, asthma may start during childhood and may worsen when you reach adulthood.

Fortunately, you can relieve asthma with acupressure and acupuncture treatments. The list below shows the eight important acupressure points as used in traditional Chinese medicine (source:

  • Wrist pressure point – Positioned on the wrist below the base of the thumb, the small groove in this area will alleviate asthma, cough, and lung problems. With your thumb, press this pressure point for three to four minutes. Release slowly and do the same for the other hand.
  • The base of the thumb pressure point – The fleshy part near the base of the thumb is where this pressure point is located. Apply slight pressure on this point with your other thumb for five minutes. Doing this regularly will free you from asthma, coughing, swollen throat, and shallow breathing.
  • Collarbone pressure point – This pressure point is located on the outer side of the chest, three finger widths below the collarbone. To relieve asthma, press this point with your index and middle fingers for three to four minutes. Regularly doing this can also help alleviate chest congestion, tension, emotional distress, and breathing problems.
  • Breastbone pressure point – Place your index and middle fingers on the points situated in the hollow below the collarbone and beside the breastbone for five minutes to alleviate asthma. Moreover, this point is effective for mitigating chest congestion, breathing problems, anxiety, and coughing.
  • Index finger joint pressure point – This pressure point can be found on the outer side of the index finger that is slanting to the base of the thumb. With your thumb, apply a small amount of pressure on the sore point in the area for two to three minutes, and do the same procedure on the other hand.
  • Throat pressure point – Found in the hollow below the Adam’s apple, this pressure point will increase your breathing. Put your index or middle finger on this point and slightly apply pressure on it. Do this regularly for five minutes three times daily.
  • Ring finger joint pressure point – This pressure point can be found in the depression near the ring finger. To relieve asthma, regularly move your thumb up and down in this area or to the sore point in the area for two minutes. Repeat the same procedure on the other hand.
  • Shoulder pressure point – To ease asthma, press the point one finger width under the tip of your shoulder blade and rotate slightly. Do this regularly for three minutes. Aside from asthma, this pressure point will help alleviate sneezing, coughing, and severe muscle pains in the neck and shoulder.

Make use of acupuncture and acupressure to relieve pain. If you’d like to know more information about alternative medications and treatments, do visit us at the Dr. Farrah Agustin-Bunch Natural Medical Center in Victoria, Tarlac. Or visit our websites at,, or to obtain more info.