Acupressure Points to Alleviate Headaches

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The Third Eye Point (Hall of Impression Point)


The Third Eye Point lies between your eyebrows. Applying pressure to this point is said to help with both anxiety and stress.

  1. Sit comfortably. It can help to close your eyes.

  2. Touch the spot between your eyebrows with your index finger or thumb.

  3. Take slow, deep breaths and apply gentle, firm pressure in a circular motion for 5 to 10 minutes.





Shoulder Well Point

The shoulder well point is in your shoulder muscle. To find it, pinch your shoulder muscle with your middle finger and thumb.

This pressure point is said to help with relieving stress, muscle tension, and headaches.

INDUCE LABOUR ALERT:  It can also induce labor, so don’t use this point if you’re pregnant.

  1. Find the point on your shoulder muscle.

  2. Pinch the muscle with your thumb and middle finger.

  3. Apply gentle, firm pressure with your index finger and massage the point for four to five seconds.

  4. Release the pinch as you massage the point.


Union Valley Point


You find this pressure point in the webbing between your thumb and index finger.

Stimulating this point is said to reduce stress, headaches, and neck pain.

INDUCE LABOUR ALERT:  This point could also induce labor, so avoid this point if you’re pregnant.

  1. With your index finger and thumb, apply firm pressure to the webbing between the thumb and index finger of your other hand.

  2. Massage the pressure point for four to five seconds, taking slow, deep breaths.


Gates of Consciousness


The gates of consciousness pressure points are located at the base of the skull in the parallel hollow areas between the two vertical neck muscles.

  1. Place your index and middle fingers of either hand onto these pressure points.

  2. Press firmly upward on both sides at once for 10 seconds, then release and repeat.


Applying firm touch to these pressure points can help relieve headaches caused by tension in the neck.


Drilling Bamboo

Drilling Bamboo Points are located at the indentations on either side of the spot where the bridge of your nose meets the ridge of your eyebrows.

To use these pressure points to treat headaches:

  1. Use both of your index fingers to apply firm pressure to both points at once.

  2. Hold for 10 seconds. Release and repeat.

Touching these pressure points can relieve headaches that are caused by eyestrain and sinus pain or pressure.

Know When to See a Doctor

While acupressure may provide some temporary relief from anxiety symptoms, there’s not much evidence that it’ll help with long-term anxiety.

If you find that your anxiety symptoms are making it hard to go to work or school or interfering with your relationships, it may be time to talk to a doctor or therapist.

You should talk to a doctor or therapist if you start to experience:

  • feelings of depression

  • thoughts of suicide

  • panic attacks

  • trouble sleeping

  • headaches

  • digestive problems