Nowadays we are used to cure headache with the use of meds, but there are times when people don’t have headache pills with them, or people that just can’t use some kinds of meds, like pregnant women. Your head protects one of the most important organs of your body, the brain. Needless to say, it plays a central to your everyday functions. That’s why when sharp, throbbing headaches attack, the only way to regain proper functionality is to seek the sweet release promised by pain relievers. The problem is, taking oral pain relievers doesn’t automatically give you the relief you’re looking for. It actually takes some time before they start to kick in and control the pain. But if the thought of laying on a couch waiting for pills to work as your headache agonizingly ensues doesn’t appeal to you, there’s actually a more natural way.
Studies show that acupressure, a type of reflexotherapy, is a fast and effective way to relieve headaches. It may sound intimidating, but it’s fairly easy. You just need to massage specific points with circular movements or light pressing. It doesn’t take much time either, you only need thirty seconds to one minute on average. The pain usually subsides five to ten minutes after the massage, or in some cases, even during the massage. There are different types of headaches, so to be able to target and relieve a specific kind of pain, you should know the six main massage points to focus on.
1. The Yintang point
To remove eye fatigue, focus on the point in between the eyebrows.
2. The Zan Zhu Point
To get rid of a runny nose, dizziness, sinusitis and improve visual acuity, focus on the points located at the base of the inner ends of the eyebrows.
3. The Yingxiang Point
To reduce nasal congestion, toothache, stress and red eyes, focus on the points located near the two wings of the nose, in line with the eyes.
4. The Tian Zhu Point
To relieve severe migraine, pain in the eyes and ears and nasal congestion, focus on the point located on the middle of the back of the head. Starting with the point between the ears to the beginning of the spine.
5. The Tai Yang Points
The Tai Yang point is located at the tender depression in the temple area, and it’s a powerful point. Gently focusing on it you will alleviate eyes and head pain.
It’s particularly useful also in case of toothache, dizziness, and also redness, swelling or pain caused by some eye diseases and disorders.
6. The Feng Chi Points
To resolve common symptoms like vertigo, headache, stiffness of neck, blurry vision and even nasal obstructions, take care of the Feng Chi points, simply by sliding the ends of the middle fingers of your hands into the space where the base of your skull meets the top of your neck, right along the center line on top of your spine. After that, let those fingers slide away symmetrically, past over the trapezius tendons, and let them land on the soft Feng Chi points, continue for one to three minutes with circular motions applying a light or moderate pressure.
7. The Shuai Gu Point
To relieve migraine and eye fatigue, focus on the points located on the temple area, two to three centimeters from the beginning of the hairline.
8. The Bai Hui Point
The Bai Hui point lies at the summit of our head, and it’s also called the “Hundred Convergences Point”. Locate it by just resting the tips of your thumbs at the uppermost point of your ears, as you reach your middle fingers up to touch one another, at the very top of your head. Now just rest your middle fingers gently on the point. Bai Hui point will “clear the senses” and “calm the spirit”, and help ease headache, tinnitus and vertigo.
10. The He Gu Point
To get rid of tension in the neck muscles, backpain and toothache, apply pressure on the points on the back of the hand, in between the index finger and thumb.
Bonus: The Lao Gong Point
The Lao Gong point is located on the hand, in the middle of where the tips of the ring finger and the middle finger land, in the palm of the hand, when we make a fist.
Massage this point with your hand well relaxed with its palm up. Use the thumb of the other hand to apply moderate pressure. Lao gong is not specifically activated to heal headaches, but stimulating it will ease anxiety and clear inflammation.
Disclaimer: Lift Me Up doesn’t provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.