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Press this point for cough, chest congestion, and shortness of breath

Kidney 27 is an immune-boosting super star, and especially helpful for people who are prone to upper respiratory flu symptoms.

In acupuncture, the Kidney system grasps Lung qi, meaning it helps distribute the air that enters the lungs throughout the rest of the body. When this interplay doesn’t happen correctly, coughing and shortness of breath can occur. It can also lead to fatigue because your body is not being properly oxygenated. Kidney 27 is a great point for relaxing the chest area and helping to facilitate airflow.

I also use this point for stress reduction and to reduce upper body tension. When you press Kidney 27, it naturally causes you to open your chest and pull back your shoulders slightly. This encourages more complete breath cycles, which has a calming effect.

Kidney 27 is easily accessible, located roughly two inches from the midline on the lower border of the collar bone. Press both sides simultaneously in 1-2 minute increments. While you’re pressing, focus on taking some deep, cleansing breaths.

You can try experimenting with rubbing some essential oils on this point—because of the location, they’ll go straight to your nasal passages. For stress reduction, try lavender oil or a combination like Young Living’s Peace & Calming formula. For chest congestion or couch, try peppermint or eucalyptus.