5 Pressure Points to Relieve a Headache

WRITTEN BY Zena Wozniak

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Find relief using this easy technique from Chinese Medicine.

How Does It Work?

Borrowed from Chinese Medicine, awakening these acupressure points is traditionally said to help restore the flow of qi, or energy, through the body’s meridians. If you’re skeptical, rest assured that Western medicine can at least agree that these pressure points can help relieve tension, improve circulation, and stimulate endorphins. So the next time your head is pounding, try these five pressure points to relieve a headache.

Third-Eye Pressure Point for Headaches - The Wellnest by HUM NutritionThird-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.

Bright Lights Pressure Point for Headaches - The Wellnest by HUM NutritionBright 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.

Facial Beauty Pressure Point for Headaches - The Wellnest by HUM NutritionFacial 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.

Gates of Consciousness Pressure Point for Headaches - The Wellnest by HUM NutritionGates 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.

Wind Mansion Pressure Point for Headaches - The Wellnest by HUM NutritionWind 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.

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