Easy Acupressure Points to Get Relief From a Headache

Headaches or migraines are one of the most common ailments prevalent in the US. While some headaches are mild and last for a few hours, migraines, on the other hand, are more chronic and can disrupt your routine.

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine is the 3rd most common illness in the world. Almost 12 % of the US population suffers from migraines.

Though popping a pill can give you instant relief, it may not be the best choice in the long run. Tracing its roots back to Traditional Chinese Medicines, Acupressure has gained popularity as a safe alternative for treating headaches and migraines with zero side effects. The website FabHow states that apart from Acupressure you can use also use the natural home remedies as well to get relief from a headache.

The technique of acupressure involves applying pressure on acupoints that lie on the energy meridians or channels of your body. Each point is named after the meridian on which it is located accompanied by the number of the point sequence.

It is believed that a vital force of life called Qi or Chi flows through these channels. When one of the meridians is blocked, it results in some form of inflammation in the organs connected through that meridian. Applying pressure on the particular channel at a particular point can help unblock these meridians and relieve pain.

A study conducted in 2003 at the Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, states that treatment of a chronic headache with acupressure was more effective than muscle relaxants when administered for a period of 1 month. Also the effects acupressure remained for 6 months after the treatment.

Today we discuss some of the most popular and easily accessible acupoints that can help you relieve headaches at home.

Third Eye (GV24.5)

The Third Eye point is found between the two eyebrows, right where the nose connects with the forehead. Stimulating this point helps in relieving headaches and eye strains and improves concentration and also reduces ulcer pain.

Method –

  1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position
  2. Apply pressure directly to the point with your thumb or index finger for 1 minute
  3. You can also apply pressure in a circular motion
  4. Repeat it every day to get relief from pain

Bright Light (B2)

Also known as Drilling Bamboo, this point is located on the inner corners of the eyes, right below the eyebrows. Stimulating these two points simultaneously can relieve cold and flu, sinus congestion and headaches mostly on the front side. They are also helpful in improving vision if you apply pressure to them regularly.

Method –

  1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position
  2. With both of your index fingers, gently apply pressure on these two points
  3. Apply firm pressure for 1 minute
  4. You can repeat every day for better vision

Welcome fragrance (LI 20)

Also called Welcome Perfume, this point is located on the outer side of each nostril, right below the cheekbone. Applying pressure on these points helps in restoring the sense of smell and taste by treating clogged sinuses. They are also helpful in curing burning or heavy eyes.

Method –

  1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position
  2. With both your index fingers, gently apply pressure on both the points
  3. Apply medium pressure for 1 minute
  4. Repeat as and when needed

Gates of Consciousness (GB 20)

Also known as Feng Chi or Gates of the Mind, these points are located at the base of your skull. Stimulating them can relieve a migraine, constant fatigue, stiff neck and fibromyalgia (a condition causing muscle pain, tenderness, and fatigue). It can also help in reducing mental stress, hypertension, and judgment issues.

Method –

  1. Sit in a comfortable position
  2. Cup your head with both the hands, placing your thumbs at the base of the skull
  3. Now move your thumbs an inch lower and try to find the tender spots on the side of your neck
  4. Apply firm pressure on both the points with your thumbs for 5-6 seconds in a stretch, not more than 3 times a day
  5. Keep taking deep breaths while you apply pressure
  6. You can also massage these points in circular motion

Temple Region

The temple region consists of a group of points located at an inch distance from the ear, curling up the ear. All these points are one finger width apart from the previous point starting with the Hairline Curve (at the top of your ear) to Valley Lead, Celestial Hub, Floating White, and Head Portal Yin in the same order.  These points need to be stimulated collectively to relieve temporal pain (pain originating on the sides of the head) or migraines.

Method –

  1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position
  2. Apply medium pressure on each point on both the sides for 4-5 seconds.
  3. Move to the next point and apply pressure again
  4. Continue the same way for the other points till you reach the base of your ear
  5. You can also apply pressure in a circular motion
  6. Repeat as and when needed

Union Valley (LI 4)

Also known as He Gu, this point lies on the web in your hand between your thumb and index finger. Stimulating this point can relieve frontal headaches, toothaches, allergic symptoms like swollen face and rashes. In addition to this, massaging on this point can release stress and tension.

Method –

  1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
  2. Keep your right hand in the front with palm facing down
  3. With the thumb and index finger of your left hand, hold the skin of the web at the point where it joins the muscle of your hand.
  4. Apply firm pressure on the point for 1 minute then switch hands.
  5. Keep breathing slowly and deeply while you apply pressure.
  6. Repeat 2-3 times for best results.

Bigger Rushing (Lv 3)

Located on the top of each foot, it lies at 1 ½ inch away from the toes between the big toe and the second toe. Massaging this point helps in relieving headache and tired eyes. It also provides relief from foot cramps and arthritis.

Method –

  1. Apply pressure with your index finger or thumb on this point in both the legs.
  2. You can also massage in a circular motion for 1 minute.
  3. Repeat 2-3 times for best results.
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