Acupuncture has been shown in clinical trials to have beneficial effects on boosting immunity, increasing red and white blood cell counts, and reducing inflammation which underlies many chronic diseases. Acupressure is the stimulation of acupuncture points with pressure typically applied with a finger. It has many of the benefits of acupuncture with the advantages of being able to be done at home as a form of self-care.
The below immune support points were chosen for UrbanHealing by board certified, licensed acupuncturist Marisa Anaya who works at a functional medicine practice in New York City.
Large Intestine 4: 
This point has multiple benefits, and is most famous for being used bilaterally as half of the “Four Gates” which together serve to open up all the channels, alleviate stress and pain, and promote the free flow of qi and blood throughout the body.  Stimulate the LI-4 point to treat “wind” conditions— cold and flu symptoms like fever/ chills, runny nose/congestion, headache, sore throat, dizziness, etc.; and, boosts the body’s defenses.
Liver 3:
 As the other half of the Four Gates, Liv 3 is an excellent point for calming frustrated emotions and alleviating stress, thereby enhancing immunity. We now know that stress is inflammatory, so our mental health needs just as much care and attention as our physical health to ward off potential illness. 
Lung 10: 
This point clears Lung Heat and benefits the throat. With respiratory illnesses, our nose and throats are the first line of defense, and if these are cared for properly one can perhaps avoid viruses making their way to the lungs. 
Large Intestine 20: 
LI 20 “dispels exterior Wind” which means that it acts to get rid of potential pathogens trying to enter the body. Located on the side of each nostril, this point when massaged can quickly open up the nasal passages to help keep the sinuses clear. In Chinese Medicine it is said that “the nose runs to spare the lungs” so just like with the throat, if we can keep the nose active in doing its job to filter and eliminate pathogens, it is more likely that we will be able to spare our respiratory system from assault. 
(Yuyao: This point is what is called an “Extra Point” since it is not technically part any of the meridians. Located in the middle of the eyebrow in a palpable depression in the bone, this point when stimulated produces an instant feeling of calm and serenity. It is also responsible for clearing heat and helping with stress, so it is a useful and pleasurable addition to any acupressure protocol. )
Yin tang:
Perhaps one of the most famous and commonly used acupuncture points, Yintang is also known as the “Third Eye” and the “Hall of Impressions.”  Located between the eyebrows, Yintang produces a feeling of relaxation and clarity, benefitting the eyes, sinuses and general well-being by calming anxiety. It also promotes restful sleep, which is essential for a strong immune system. Massaging Yintang with a gentle circular motion can help someone focus and relax in the midst of a stressful environment. 
Marisa Anaya MA, MS, L. AC is a Board certified licensed acupuncturist and lecturer who has been practicing for 10 years. She works in an integrated functional medicine clinic in NYC.