There is nothing more stressful and annoying than a bad headache or migraine pain. It can cause difficulty thinking, working, concentrating and just resting.
Be it headache or migraine attacks, we all wish it to go away in no time. Most people reach for over-the-counter pills to relieve the pain, but they can have side effects for many.
Whenever you are plagued with an intense headache or going through a painful migraine attack, you can rely on acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine used for thousands of years.
There are many acupressure points, which when stimulated can reduce headache pain. Believe it or not, acupressure is acupuncture without the needles.
You do not have to use all of these points to ease your headache. Using just one or two of them can solve your problem. Most importantly, you can try acupressure at home on yourself or you can get help from an expert.
Here are the top 10 acupressure points for relieving headaches and migraines.
1. Joining the Valley (L 14 or He Gu)
This acupressure point can help get rid of a headache as well as provide relief from a toothache, neck pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, constipation and hangovers.
This point is located in the web (fleshy area) between the thumb and index finger.
Using the thumb and index finger of your right hand, apply deep and firm pressure on the L 14 point of your left hand for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat with the other hand. Do as needed until the pain dissipates.
When applying acupressure, try to relax and breathe deeply.
Note: Do not press this acupressure point during pregnancy, as its stimulation can cause premature contractions in the uterus.
2. Third Eye Point (GV 24.5 or Yin Tang)
To get relief from headache, this acupressure point is also effective. It balances the pituitary gland and can even be used to treat hay fever, indigestion, ulcer pain, insomnia, fatigue, tiredness and eye strain.
This point is beneficial for improving spiritual and emotional imbalances as well.
The third eye point is located between the eyebrows, near the indentation where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead.
Close your eyes and locate the point. Apply firm yet gentle pressure with your thumb on this point for 1 minute, then release. Repeat as needed.
3. Drilling Bamboo (B2 or Bright Light)
If suffering from a headache due to stress or the common cold, use the drilling bamboo point for instant relief. This point also relieves vertigo, poor night vision, lazy eye and hay fever.
Stimulation of this point is highly beneficial for people suffering from sinus trouble and poor eye sight.
The drilling bamboo point is located where the bridge of your nose meets your eye socket and precisely just below the eyebrows. In fact, the distance between the third eye point and the drilling bamboo points are about 1 centimeter on both sides.
Using the tip of both your index fingers, apply pressure to both points at the same time for at least a minute, while taking deep breaths. If you want, you can even stimulate each point separately, but be sure to do it for 1 minute on each side.
4. Bigger Rushing (LV 3 or Great Surge)
The bigger rushing acupressure point is also effective. Apart from headache and migraine pain, stimulation of this point can provide relief from foot cramps, eye fatigue, hangovers, allergies and arthritis pain. It is even good for people having poor concentration and fatigue.
This point is located on the top of the foot, just near the valley between the big toe and second toe. It is about 1 or 1.5 inches back from the toes.
Sit comfortably and put your right foot up on your left thigh. Using your thumb, put pressure on the bigger rushing point for a couple of minutes. Repeat with the other foot. Continue the cycle 2 or 3 more times.
5. Above Tears (GB 41 or Zu Lin Qi)
To get relief from migraine pain instantly, the above tears point is also helpful. It can also provide relief from hip pain, shoulder tension, arthritis pain, water retention and sciatica problems. It even clears the head and benefits the eyes.
This acupressure point is located on the top of the foot, about an inch behind the webbing of the fourth and fifth toes, just at the groove between the bones.
Locate this point and apply firm yet gentle pressure with your thumb for a minute on each foot. While stimulating these points, it is important to breathe deeply.
6. Wind Mansion (GV 16 or Feng Fu)
The wind mansion acupressure point helps with migraines as well as neck stiffness and mental stress. It even helps deal with dizziness, throat swelling, earaches, eye pain and nose bleeding.
This point is located in the center of the back of your head, at the midpoint between your ears and just above the top of your spine.
Slightly tilt your head back and locate this point by finding the hollow under the base of the skull. Using your thumb, gently press at the point while pushing slightly upward for a couple of minutes. Also, apply pressure around the edges of the hollow.