Acupressure Treatment for Headaches & Migraine - Lauren Natbony, MD
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Acupressure Treatment for Headaches & Migraine

Acupressure Treatment for Headaches & Migraine

Acupressure is an ancient healing art that’s based on the traditional Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture. With acupressure, you put pressure on specific places on your body called acupoints. Pressing these points can help release muscle tension, promote blood circulation and alleviate pain. Acupressure can be done several times a day or as often as you need for your symptoms to resolve.

Below are a few acupressure points that target headache and its associated symptoms. Each acupoint should be massaged in a circular motion for 15 to 30 seconds. You should use firm pressure but don’t press so hard that it hurts. And remember to try to relax and breathe deeply as you massage the area.

LI (large intestine)-4, also called Hegu, and is great for acute relief of migraine and tension-type headache

  1. Using your right thumb and index finger, find the “v” on your left hand between the base of your left thumb and index finger. This point is located in the muscle belly between these 2 fingers.
  2. Using firm circular motions, apply pressure to the point.
  3. Repeat the process on your right hand.

PC (pericardium)-6 is an acupoint that can ease nausea and motion sickness, both of which are commonly seen with migraine.

  1. Position your hand so that your fingers are pointing up and your palm is facing you.
  2. Place the first 3 fingers of your opposite hand across your wrist. Then, place your thumb on the inside of your wrist just below your index finger. You should be able to feel 2 large tendons under your thumb. Between these tendons is PC-6
  3. Use your thumb to press in circular motions
  4. Repeat on the other side.

BL (bladder)-2 is especially helpful for frontal headaches and sinus congestion.

  1. To locate this point, feel for the supraorbital notch at the medial end of both eyebrows.
  2. You can then use your thumbs or your index fingers to press and kneed both sides simultaneously