Clear Your Sinuses In 20 Seconds With Your Tongue And Your Thumb

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Clear Your Sinuses In 20 Seconds With Your Tongue And Your Thumb
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Blocked sinuses are no fun, especially when the problem frequently requires taking a pill. Redditor gymfork points to a clever acupressure method that can solve the problem in just 20 seconds:

Push your tongue against the top of your mouth and place a finger between your eyebrows and apply pressure. Hold it for about 20 seconds and your sinuses will begin to drain.

When you push your tongue against the roof of your mouth, don’t aim for a specific point but rather push it flat against the top. When you let go, you should start to feel a little movement in the back of your throat. It’s a very simple trick that gets the job done.

LPT: How to clear a blocked nose [Reddit]

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Comments

  • I’ve heard a similar thing that said to alternate pressure between the two, so that it rocks the bone back and forth or something and then causes the drain.

    Never worked for me though.

  • Hrmmm sounds shonky… I’m not sure any more of pressure is going to rock back and forth your midface bones at least not from your tongue. Maybe a hammer would do the trick.

  • I have inflammed sinus at the moment. I tried it a couple of ways. First with a kind of sucking pressure on the roof of my mouth, then just pushing flat with the tongue. I can feel pressure changing but no draining 🙁

    • This helped a little but not with my inflammation/infection. I since purchase the sinusoother nose spray from amazons and it worked like the treat. very ficient and me no longer have any sinsues pain. i think too many people on here not have real sinus infection.

    • If it’s just in the morning, it’s probably dust mites in your bed/pillow 🙂

      They’re incredibly common, something (random stats) like 70% of people have them, but not everyone is sensitive to them.

    • Ive had my sinuses severely inflamed last two weeks hurt under my eyes badly nasal passages swollen i tried this it helped felt hard mucus i sassume what isqtip peroxide nasal spray didnt work but this worked i just tried it hour ago pressure.easing amd what ever i feel in my nose slowly passing through of course i know there those of you who are skeptical but it helped me

  • Would have been awesome a few weeks ago, my eyeballs felt like they were going to explode.

    I have never seen bright orange boogers before the the volume. Sorry if you were eating dinner.

  • Feeling kinda silly right now. My sinuses are always blocked with dry crap.
    When I tried this it sorts works. Slight draining but mostly my mucus is always dry.
    It does clear it up a bit better though so it must work 🙂

    Thanks for teh tip

  • Not sure about the above method, but the Buteyko method used for asthma sufferers works brilliantly for clearing sinuses!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buteyko_method
    In particular the ‘Control Pause’ in the reduced breathing exercises works a treat.
    The theory is that by reducing your breathing you increase the CO2 level in your blood which signals your nasal cavity to open up to allow more oxygen in.
    I have used this many times to clear my nose!

  • Whoa, I’m one part happy and one part angry, I’ve lived with blocked sinuses for my whole life, I cannot believe this works and I never knew about it.

    I was lying trying to get to sleep with completely closed sinuses and I found this site, the only downside is that it actually hurts a bit to do it, but it beats a blocked up nose easily.

    Anyone who thinks it doesn’t work, keep holding your thumb quite firmly between the eye browsbrows longer than you have been, it’s very uncomfortable but all of a sudden they open up and you feel it move to your throat.

    First time I tried it nothing happened coz I stopped it too soon, you need to do it for the full 20 seconds until it’s almost painful.

    It’s worth it.

  • My sinuses have been so clogged that it’s causing a roaring sound in my head that I always call, “Brain noise”. Weird thing: The noise is loud “pink noise”, and there is a rather high pitched tone that is dominant. (It’s an F natural, for those of you who are musically inclined). It’s so loud and persistent that I couldn’t sing the Sabbath prayer Friday night at sunset. I couldn’t keep the tune because the tone interfered. Here’s the strangest thing: I discovered that if I listen, the background noise forms notes, and then the notes form music that will not stop. It was a dirge for two days. Very depressing and nerve wracking. I took a Chinese herbal remedy before bed. I couldn’t believe this: it is SO WEIRD. I wouldn’t believe someone else if s/he told me it happened to her/him. I woke up several times during the night, just miserable with this awful dirge in a minor key screaming inside my head over and over. Then around 4:00 a.m. when I woke up again, the dirge had transformed itself into ………… I can almost not say it ……. honest, folks: a chorus of angels in a major modal key. Beautiful. With hideous clogged sinuses, the chorus of angels soothed me. I rocked my head back and forth on the pillow, smiling at the bizarre phenomenon. I think I know what’s going on. Being a musician, I think I can pick out the harmonics in the pink noise. Eventually, you’ll find almost any note that way. And then suggestion carries on the rest. This has been going on for three days now, changing the chords and key signature. UNFORTUNATELY THIS METHOD did not work for me at all. I was very persistent because this had been driving me crazy and I wanted relief. But the sinuses just won’t budge. Aside from making a recording and selling it for a profit, what else can I do? Thanks for laughing at me. I would, too.

  • This didn’t work for me but one of my favorite methods to open your passages for a couple minutes is to hang upside down from a bed or chair until your head begins to throb really hard. You shouldn’t be able to breathe out of your nose at all. Then either sit up immediately or stand up. Your nasal passages will open immediately and you will be able to clear out your nose and be able to breathe through it fine for a finite amount of time. Another thing that helps clear out my nose in the morning well is to do what I stated before but then climb up a flight of stairs. It will really open it up.

  • My left nostril is so clogged its painful. I tried it several times and felt no relief afterwards, no sense of draining of any sort. Just a cramped tongue n nice red spot between the eyebrows lol.. Ugh this blocked nose is killing me

  • Ive had them my whole life and this 1 article saves me in school i dont wanna be breathing through my mouth 100% of the time cuz then ppl will think im weird so i can just do this before school and if i need to again i just ask to go to the bathroom its just a lifesaver 😉

  • Always came across the version that switches pressure back and forth before. It never did anything for me.

    Tried this and it worked beautifully.

    Thank you for giving me this freedom to breath again.

  • I have pneumonia and I have been struggling to sleep for HOURS. Mucus kept moving forward and blocking the back of my nasal cavity so I couldn’t breathe well. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t hack or blow it out. It was stuck. In a fit of rage, I googled this problem and this site came up. I tried it aprehensively and IT WORKED. Biggest, scariest, solid block of bloody Mucus (sorry) came out and I CAN BREATHE. Goodnight❤

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