San Jiao acupoints for stuffy ears
The San Jiao meridian begins on the fourth finger, travels up the arm and neck, then wraps closely around the ear before ending next to the eyebrow. (See image below).
6 Acupressure points to relieve stuffy ears:
- San Jiao 3
- San Jiao 17
- San Jiao 18
- San Jiao 19
- San Jiao 20
- San Jiao 21
San Jiao 3
San Jiao 3 (SJ 3) is the Empirical Point of the ears.
Empirical points are handed down to us from practitioners of ancient times. Empirical means based on experience, not necessarily logic. SJ 3, based on experience, benefits many conditions of the ears. Whenever there is an issue with the ears, I massage SJ 3.
San Jiao 17 – San Jiao 21
San Jiao 17
This point is located behind the ear lobe, on the very soft tissue at the top of the neck. Since this is such a soft and vulnerable area, use only very light touch with this point.
San Jiao 18-20
San Jiao 18 through 20 are located close the ear cartilage, behind the ear canal. Feel on your skull behind the ear cartilage for a ridge – that ridge is where the San Jiao meridian passes, and where San Jiao 18, 19, and 20 are located.
To locate these points, first locate SJ 17 and SJ 20.
SJ 18 is on the ridge behind the ear, one third of the distance from SJ 17 to SJ 20.
SJ 19 is also on that ridge, two thirds of the distance from SJ 17 to SJ 20.
SJ 20 is level with the tip of the ear.
San Jiao 21
SJ 21 is located in a groove just in front of the tragus (“ear flap”) and behind the upper jaw bone (mandible).
All of these points are on the skull and located around each ear. In general, deeper pressure can be used on SJ 18, 19, 20, and 21 than on SJ 17. Always gently increase pressure while asking for feedback from your client. Never create pain or contraction with your pressure.
To relieve stuffy ears, add small circular movements to these points.
Be sure to combine massage to the points around the ear with SJ 3.
After massaging points on the head, I always like to give at least a short foot massage in order to balance the flow of energy from head to foot.
Wondering exactly how much pressure to use?
Check out this blog post on how to massage acupressure points.