Hand Reflexology for a Persistent Cough

Have you gotten over a cold, but can’t seem to shake a lingering cough? Here’s a simple solution to stop coughing sooner even if your cough has been persisting for days or weeks. This two-step Chinese Reflexology routine is also great for a lingering cough caused by post-nasal drip.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note this article was written BEFORE coronavirus. The persistent cough referred to in this article is not the same as the dry cough that is common with coronavirus. Contact your doctor if you have a persistent cough or are feeling unwell.


A few weeks ago, I shared a past article on my Facebook page. The article was on How to Get Over a Lingering Persistent Cough and a Post-Nasal Drip Cough. The mini reflexology routine in the article worked like a charm for many readers!

Since I first posted the article, many people (including many moms) wrote to let me know that the article helped them get over a persistent cough, sleep better because they weren’t waking up coughing, and also helped their kids get over coughs that had been lingering for weeks.

For the mini reflexology routine, all you had to do was massage two foot points every time you coughed. Sounds simple right? However, there was one thing that I hadn’t considered when I wrote the article—and a reader kindly and astutely pointed this out to me. For many people, it’s not convenient to massage your feet every time you cough.

As a full-time mom and entrepreneur, I’m always walking around the house barefoot because I work from home. I also live in California, so when I did work in an office, I wore flip-flops most of the year. Therefore, it never crossed my mind that most people going about their daily activities are wearing shoes—or they’re surrounded by other people, or they’re standing—and they can’t take their shoes off to massage their feet every time they cough. Whoops. My bad. A reflexology routine for a persistent cough isn’t very useful if you can’t rub your feet.

Then it occurred to me…

There are reflexology points on the hands that people could use instead. You can easily, conveniently, and discreetly massage your hand throughout the day.

One thing I do want to mention though is that the foot points are much more powerful than the hand points. In Chinese Reflexology, the points in the feet are considered the “master control” points for balancing the body’s energy meridians.

However, I always say, some reflexology is better than no reflexology. So for those times when you can’t massage your feet, massage your hands! Then when you’re at home and you can take your shoes off, practice the points on your feet.

Here’s my son when he was five with his giant backpack. Now, he’s twice the size!

I’m surprised I didn’t think of this sooner. I use the hand points all the time. When I walk my son to school and it looks like he’s on the verge of catching a cold, I’ll massage his hand reflexology points as I hold his hand. Even though he’s seven years old, he still lets me hold his hand sometimes when we walk to school. Lucky me!

I know, I know. At some point, I’ll have to cut the apron strings. But for now, I’ll treasure these moments for as long as I can :). Lol, I tell him that we have to hold hands while crossing the street. Then he forgets I’m still holding his hand, so I get to hold it longer. I’m sneaky, hehe!

Hand Reflexology Points for a Persistent and Lingering Cough

The hand reflexology points and mini reflexology routine are good for helping you get over a persistent lingering cough that is leftover from a cold or flu. At this point, you’re over the cold or flu, but you still have a residual cough that you can’t seem to shake. These reflexology points are also good if you have a post nasal drip cough leftover from a cold—especially when you’re in bed at night and you wake up coughing because of the post nasal drip.

If you still have a cold, I’d recommend checking out my 5-minute cold remedy reflexology routine. And if you’ve got something more serious than a common cold, please see your health practitioner.

Hand Reflexology Point for the Lungs

Massaging this point helps to strengthen your Lung qi, which is important for getting rid of a persistent cough. Here’s how to locate and massage the Lung reflexology point on your hand:

hand reflexology, lung reflexology point

  • Location: This point is located on the upper portion of the palm, underneath the three middle fingers. There’s a Lung reflexology point on both of your hands—the left hand is for the left lung, and the right hand is for the right lung.
  • How to massage: To massage your Lung reflexology area on the hand, press into the point with your thumb and massage in small circles. Make your way across and down the reflexology area. If you remember typewriters :), it’s like you’re typing across the row, hitting the carriage return, and then doing the next line. I guess that’s a lot like using the computer to type too, so you don’t need to remember those old clunky typewriters!

Hand Reflexology Point for the Sinus

sinus reflexology point, hand reflexologyThis sinus reflexology point helps with post-nasal drip and clearing the nasal passageways so you can also use it if you have a stuffy or blocked nose. Here’s how to locate and massage this point:

  • Location: The sinus hand point is located on the tip of the thumb pad of both thumbs.
  • How to massage: Use your other thumb to massage the tip of your thumb in a side-to-side direction, from the left side of the thumb to the right side, and back again.

Mini Reflexology Routine for a Persistent Cough

Massage the points as follows EVERY time you cough:

  • Lung hand reflexology point: 5 to 10 seconds per hand
  • Sinus hand reflexology point: 5 seconds per hand

The hand points are not as powerful as the foot reflexology points, so practice this routine when you’re on the go, at work, or unable to massage your feet. When you can rub your feet, practice the points on the feet as described in this article on How to Get Over a Lingering Persistent Cough and a Post-Nasal Drip Cough.

Nice Conclusion

[Lol, I couldn’t think of a good title for this last section, so I decided to just call it what I do when I make an outline for an article. Hey, the kid’s been popping up at night and sneakily reading Lego catalogues by flashlight—so I’m a little sleep-deprived this morning.]

Well, there you have it: a simple and handy routine to help you kick that persistent cough to the curb. And in conclusion, I’d like to thank the reader (you know who you are) who pointed out the need for a more convenient routine when you can’t massage your feet.

Last year, my blog had close to a half million visitors. That adds up to a lot of comments and emails from readers. Because of the volume, I can no longer respond to everyone individually. But I do read what you write—every single email and comment—so long as Facebook doesn’t hide it somewhere!

I consider your words when deciding which topics to write about and what to cover. So I just wanted to say thank you, and please keep those comments and messages coming in. When I have some free time (all the moms reading this are LOL and ROFL) I respond when I can. If you do hear from me, think of it like spotting a unicorn!

All joking aside, your words help me create content that’s useful for everyone. Thank you. Thank you very much. And Elvis has left the building :).

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8 thoughts on “Hand Reflexology for a Persistent Cough”

  1. I try to share your website every time it pops up. Your knowledge needs to be share with everyone. I don’t teach much anymore but I did teach 5 different modalities for about 35 years.

  2. It’s working so far decently with the hand. Can’t really rub the foot at work – did it a little but now am rubbing foot on floor in that pressure area. It is calming the coughing, which is a tremendous help.

  3. Hi!!I’ve been coughing for almost a month + 2 weeks now ,when i search for any massaging tips on how to get rid of it,i saw this and it really works on me.Thanks for sharing this😘

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