Acupressure is a safe and easy way that you can give yourself a treatment, virtually anywhere, for pain relief from mild to moderate headaches. See the tips below and practice before you have a headache so you can stop it in its tracks.

To do acupressure on yourself, simply press on the point with firm but comfortable pressure. Maintain the pressure for 2 to 3 minutes.

Point: GB 20, Gallbladder 20, Feng-chi (fung-chur)- Wind pool

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This point is is especially great for headaches but can treat any issues having to do with the head and brain. It can also treat stiffness and pain of the neck, shoulders and upper back.

Location:

Below the occipital bone, in the depression felt at the base of the skull, about 1.5 inches lateral to the midline of the head.

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Technique:

Take a few deep breaths, as you press underneath the base of your skull on both sides, about four finger widths – or three inches – apart. Use your thumbs or fingers to gradually apply pressure into the hollows of your skull. Close your eyes as you tilt your head back slowly. Take long, slow deep breaths as you hold for two.

Point: LI 4, Large Intestine 4, He gu (huh-goo)

Besides headache, this point is indicated for pain anywhere in the body and can also boost the body’s immune system.

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Location:

This point is found in the part of your hand between your thumb and index finger. It lies at the highest point formed when the thumb is brought to rest against the index finger.

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Technique:

Pinch the meaty part of your hand with the opposite thumb and finger with the thumb on the point.  Use constant strong pressure on the point for 10 deep breaths.  Switch hands and repeat.

Use acupressure on these points when you first feel a headache coming on or in the midst of one. Be consistent and you just might be able to kick that headache to the curb!