Health & Beauty | 21 July 2015Using Acupressure to Relieve Headaches Share article facebook twitter google pinterest There aren’t many things worse than getting an awful headache in the middle of a busy day. The Pocket Encyclopedia of Healing Touch Therapies explains how acupressure can be used to get rid of those migraines and tension headaches that can be such a nightmare. It’s all in the way you stimulate the flow of energy. Acupressure One of the world’s oldest healing modalities, acupressure has been used in Asia for thousands of years to relieve a wide range of common ailments. Although virtually unknown in the West until the middle of the twentieth century, acupressure is becoming popular as a self-help and first-aid treatment that supports the body’s natural healing ability. This gentle and effective form of therapeutic touch follows the same general principles as acupuncture, but it’s less invasive. Instead of inserting needles into certain points on the body, you apply pressure with the thumbs and fingertips to stimulate the flow of life energy––or Qi, as it’s called in China––to the affected area(s). Acupressure facilitates the smooth, harmonious flow of Qi through a system of invisible channels known as meridians that run through the body. Pressing a point can relieve discomfort locally––that is, at the place where the point exists––and/or in another part of the body that may be quite some distance from the point’s actual position. That’s because activating a particular point affects the flow of Qi through a meridian, generating healing along the way. For best results, you may want to stimulate several points together. Migrane Point Name(s): GB 20, Gates of Consciousness Location: These two points are located on the back of the neck, on either side of the spine, at the base of the skull. Treatment: Hold your thumb and index finger—or your two middle fingers, whichever is easier—against these points; apply pressure for at least a minute. Functions: Activating GB 20 relieves migraines and tension headaches. Pressing these points also aids sinus conditions, aches and stiffness in the neck, stress, and eyestrain. People who spend a lot of time at the computer can benefit from massaging these points periodically throughout the day. Tension Headache Point Name(s): GV 24.5, Third Eye Location: This point is located between the eyebrows where the nose and brow join, in the spot sometimes referred to as the “third eye.” Treatment: Hold your index finger to this point and apply pressure for at least a minute. Functions: Activating the “Third Eye” point relieves tension headaches as well as head pain resulting from sinus problems, congestion, head colds, and hangovers. Pressing this point can also help eyestrain and dizziness. People who spend a lot of time at the computer or doing close work can benefit from pressing this point periodically throughout the day. — Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: The Pocket Encyclopedia of Healing Touch Therapies is a convenient reference that will guide you in the art of healing yourself and others through 136 of the best healing touch techniques from reiki, reflexology, and acupressure. Easy to understand and immediately applicable to everyday health concerns, from migraines and upset stomach, to anxiety and muscle aches, this guide gives readers an inexpensive, D.I.Y. approach to healing themselves. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.