No one likes a headache! But before you reach for the ibuprofen, try these five pressure points to relieve a headache naturally.
How Do Pressure Points Work?
Pressure points come from traditional Chinese Medicine. Targeting these specific points is traditionally said to help restore the flow of qi, or energy, through the body. Why? The specific pressure points lie along meridians or energy channels. By applying firm pressure to these points and then releasing, you can help to unblock stagnant energy and find relief.
If you’re still skeptical, rest assured that Western medicine can at least agree that these pressure points can help relieve tension, improve circulation, and stimulate endorphins.
5 Pressure Points to Relieve a Headache
Here are five areas to massage when you get a headache.
1. Third-Eye Pressure Point
Using your index and point finger, press the space between the eyebrows where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead for one minute. You can either press straight on or massage the area in a circular motion. This pressure point stimulates the pineal gland, which is responsible for producing melatonin. Studies show that melatonin regulation provides significant relief for migraines.
2. Bright Lights Pressure Point
Using both index fingers, find the brow bone just above the inner corners of the eyes. Apply pressure equally on both sides, or stimulate one side at a time for one minute. This pressure point is not only great for relieving general headaches, but also for easing eye strain and providing allergy relief.
3. Facial Beauty Pressure Point
To locate these pressure points, guide your index finger to the bottom of your cheekbones alongside each nostril. Press and hold for one minute, or massage the area in circular motions. Along with headaches, the facial beauty pressure point can help relieve toothaches, sinus pain, and congestion.
4. Gates of Consciousness Pressure Point
Interlace your fingers behind your head and stretch the thumbs to press the hollows on the side of your neck at the base of your skull. Use your thumbs to massage the point while you breathe deeply. This pressure point is also great for relieving neck pain and anxiety.
5. Wind Mansion Pressure Point
Another great one for stiff necks! To stimulate this pressure point, place your hand on the back of your head and use the thumb to find the center hollow under the base of the skull. This pressure point is also great for calming nerves. To truly feel the benefits, you can also try holding an ice cube to this pressure point. Doing so is said to release endorphins into the bloodstream and restore balance to the body.
For more pressure point magic, check out these three pressure points for relieving stress.