Acupressure Points for Kids

Stop Nose Bleeding with Acupressure Therapy

Nose bleeding is very common in school-aged children. Maybe most of us who have children have experience a part when the school calls us to pick our child because he or she is nose bleeding. Some parents will bring their children straight to the doctor right away for a medical evaluation, but most of the time this can be conservatively treated at home.

Most nosebleeds are benign and it will stop on its’ own with proper conservative non-medical care. There is really no specific medicine to give to stop the bleeding?unless the child has a known medical diagnosis or extreme medical condition that the doctor had given as a prescription to take.

One conservative treatment we used to do at home is by using a cotton gauze pad packing to the affected nose and then held there for a few minutes until the blood forms a clot and prevent further bleeding. Unless the child has a diagnosed medical condition that predisposes him or her to bleed which in turn needs immediate medical attention, most nosebleeds resolve on its’ own.

I will introduce here a set of acupressure points used for nose bleeding which had been long used by ancient Chinese. The techniques in doing this acupressure therapy are very easy, quick, effective and will not cause side effects. It is also painless since no needles are used and only?your fingers will do the trick.

We will discuss acupressure later in this post after knowing first the medical truths of epistaxis or nose bleeding.


  • Physical trauma causing nasal injury as in contact sports.
  • Digital trauma like picking of dry nasal membranes during the dry and cold season
  • Nasal disorders
  • Acute febrile diseases
  • Medical and blood disorders
  • Medication side effects like blood thinners including Aspirin, Coumadin, NSAIDS, clopidogrel.
  • Infection
  • Allergic and non-allergic rhinitis
  • Hypertension

The nose is located in an area on the face where a lot of blood vessels merge making it prone to bleeding.

First Aide of Nosebleeding

  1. If nosebleed occurs, immediately sit down.
  2. Keep sitting up to reduce the amount of blood coming from the heart, in comparison to laying down that worsens the bleeding.
  3. Bend forward so the blood will not settle on the throat and facilitates draining out of blood from the nose.
  4. Keep the body cool if the child has a fever.
  5. Apply a gauze pack to the affected nose and wait for a few minutes until it stopped.

Medical Treatment

  • Most nosebleeds can be stopped at home by applying the first aide mentioned above.
  • Packing the nose with cotton gauze to stop bleeding.
  • For nasal membrane dryness, apply lubricating ointment to soften the membranes and prevent cracking.
  • If nose bleeding is profuse and cannot be stopped, bring the child to the doctor or ER for nasal packing and to determine for possible medical causes that contributed to heavy nasal bleeding.
  • Cauterization by MD.

Contributing Factors

The nose is vulnerable to bleeding because it protrudes from the face and easily broken with trauma. A nosebleed is common in dry climates, or during the winter months when the air is dry and warm from household heaters. Also, people are more susceptible if they take medications that prevent normal blood clotting as previously mentioned.

During the cold wintry months, upper respiratory infections like coughs and cold are more prevalent and the nasal membranes will tend to be dry, can crack easily,?and bleed from frequent nose blowing and wiping.

Acupressure Therapy For Nose Bleeding

You can try these techniques if your child is still bleeding on and off and you do not plan to bring the child to the doctor. It is your own volition when to seek medical attention. It is advised to bring the child to the doctor if bleeding is so profuse and associated with other medical symptoms. Otherwise, if the child is looking well and stable, you can try these acupressure techniques at home to relieve nose bleeding. This can also help you when the child is in a remote place and bleeding profusely, a kind of a very necessary remedy to do while you are on the way to seek medical attention. This will work with adults too!

Main Acupoints Prescription

  • LI 20
  • LI 4
  • GV 23


LI 20 Acupoint

LI 20 – on the sides of both alae?nasi. Massage each side together with both of your thumbs while grasping the rest of your fingers at the back of the head. Do 2-3 minutes each time.



LI 4 Acupoint

LI 4 – in the depression between the thumb and index fingers. Massage this point with your thumb in one hand while holding the child’s hand with your other hand. Do 2-3 minutes each time. Do the other side.



GV 23 Acupoint

GV 23 – measured 1 fingerbreadth away from the anterior hairline. Massage this point for 3-5 minutes.


Supplemental Points

These points are added only when the child has additional symptom as indicated below.

  • LU 11
  • ST 44
  • KI 6


Lung 11 Acupoint

LU 11 – massage this point located at the very lateral end of the antecubital crease of the elbow. Massage using your thumb while the other hand is holding the child’s elbow. Do for 2-3 minutes. Do the other side. This point is added when the child has a high fever, full rapid pulse, red skin, and very thirsty.




KI 6 Acupoint

KI 6 – this point is located in a depression below the medial malleolus. Hold the foot with one hand and massage the area with your thumb for 2-3 minutes. Do the other side. This point is added when the child has a low-grade fever, thready rapid pulse, malar flush, and dryness of the mouth.




St 44 Acupoint

ST 44 – located in the toe web between the 2nd/3rd toes. Massage this point with the thumb while the other hand holding the child’s foot. Do for 2-3 minutes. Do the other side. This point is added when the child has a complaint of abdominal pain, fever, acid regurgitation, and diarrhea.


I hope this non-medical and non-invasive acupressure therapy ?gave you interest in natural, safe and effective therapy based on a 3,000-year-old remedy.





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  1. alex

    Very useful and interesting to find we can use accupressure for kids. keep up the good work.

    1. Bliss Nadela (Post author)

      Thank you

  2. Lindsey

    My 8 year old is having many nosebleeds.
    ENT says it’s westher & irritation & inflammation.

    Chiro says use humidifier. It helps.

    My husband & I go to acupuncture. Should we take him or try this at home?

    1. Bliss Nadela (Post author)

      Hi, Lindsey!

      Thank you for reaching out to me. I’m glad you are open and practicing alternative medicine without bias. Nowadays, we are spending too much on specialists to help our medical problems, but sometimes they don’t know how to help us.

      If you are seeing an acupuncturist, I suggest you ask him/her to see your child for consultation. Actually acupuncture is very effective for nosebleeds! I will only use acupressure when the child is too frightened with needles and also if there is no other available treatment on hand.

      Then, you can use acupressure as an adjunct or supplementary therapy.

      Hope your child will be better soon in time.
      Good health to you and family.


      Bliss Nadela


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