Acupressure for Relieving Headaches

Acupressure for relieving headaches? Definitely. Acupressure is quick and easy and one of the best natural solutions to headaches and a wide range of other health problems. Acupressure has been used by doctors, massage therapists and everyday people in China for at least 2000 years. It is particularly useful for headaches due to the following conditions and complaints:

  • Emotional stress
  • Nervousness & anxiety
  • Stiff neck & shoulders
  • Hangover
  • Common cold & flu
  • Tiredeness
  • Menstruation
  • Menopause

This article shows you how to rub two powerful pressure points for headaches caused by the above kinds of problems. As acupressure is a very safe technique though, you can try it on virtually any type of headache. Note though if you suffer from chronic headaches or particularly severe ones like migraine or cluster headaches check with your doctor or other health professional first.

The below pressure points for headaches are shown on video. The first point is at the base of your skull and the second point is on your hands.

Acupressure for Relieving Headaches

1. Head acupressure point (Gb20):


Time needed: 1-2 minutes

Benefits: Relieves and prevents headache, particularly in the temple region and on the sides of your head.

How: Standing, sitting or lying on your back. Put your hands on your head and use your thumbs to locate the depressions at the base of your skull, about 6cm (2 inches) out from the middle of your neck. The points are just to the outside of the large muscles running down the side your neck. Press your thumbs in and slightly upward in the direction of your eyes. Press till you feel no more than a comfortable pain, then hold the pressure while you knead the points in very small circular movements for 1-2 minutes.

Tips: Close your eyes and focus on the points as you press them; if the points are very tender ease off the pressure a bit.

Acupressure for Relieving Headaches

2. Hand acupressure point (Co4):

Note: Not to be pressed during pregnancy (particularly in last trimester) as it can stimulate uterine contractions.


Time needed: 2-3 minutes

Benefits: A major acupressure point to relieve general head and face pain, e.g. headache, toothache, sinus pain.

How: The point is located on both hands, about 3-4cm (1.5 inches) in from the edge of the webbing between your thumbs and index fingers. Put your left thumb on the right hand point and your left index finger on the other (palm) side of the webbing to create a pinching technique. Squeeze and massage the point in very small circular movements for 1-2 minutes. Repeat on the other hand.

Tips: Press and knead these points anytime you have pain in your head or face; close your eyes and focus on the points as you press them.

If you've yet to try acupressure for relieving headaches then learn the above two points NOW.

This site also offers a comprehensive Stop Headache Program containing a balanced blend of traditional Chinese self-massage techniques and acupressure points for relieving headaches (like those above) due to such factors as anxiety, stress, back and neck problems, colds and menstruation.

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