Headaches and Migraines can be caused due to several reasons, one of which is the vascular imbalance and excess muscle tension.
You can use acupressure points to get relief from migraines and headaches quickly & without using any medications.
Headaches & Migraines
Excessive stress/tension and emotional changes may lead to headaches. Whereas a migraine is caused when the blood vessels in the brain enlarge and cause inflammation.
- Sensitivity to light and sound
In some cases, pain is felt in the head due to the consumption of cold or chilled foods/beverages. This is commonly called as ‘ice cream headache’ or ‘brain freeze’.
Causes of Migraines include:
- Stress or Mental Condition
- Too much or lack of sleep
- Intense physical activity
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy, menstruation or menopause
- Sudden change in the weather or barometric pressure
- If you’re sensitive to high beams of light or loud sounds
- Using birth control pills or vasodilators
- Heavy consumption of alcoholic or caffeinated drinks
- Higher intake of salty/processed foods or meals containing monosodium glutamate or aspartame
- Having a family history of migraines may also increase your risk of getting them.
These are just a few important reasons why migraines may be triggered.
So, instead of relying on OTC pain relievers for temporary relief, try these most effective pressure points to get relief from headaches and migraines naturally fast.
Acupressure Points for Headaches & Migraines
Though stimulating pressure points on the body may provide relief from the problem, it is to be remembered that sometimes serious pain may be a symptom of underlying serious health issue.
So, if you’re suffering from prolonged and/or severe headaches, it is highly recommended to consult your doctor and seek medical advice.
Most of the points on the face and forehead are yang points and are full of energy. You can make the energy to flow downwards and reduce the pains by stimulating these pressure points.
i] Third Eye Point
This point is located on the forehead where the bridge of the nose meets, between the two eyebrows. This is also the point where the Indian women apply their Bindi, as a tradition with a hidden scientific reason.
Apply pressure in this point to improve concentration, relieve eye strain, headache and ulcer pains. Make sure to stimulate the point for at least 1 minute and then head on to the other points for quick pain relief.
ii] Drilling Bamboo or Bright Light
Just below the third eye point, at the inner corner of the eyes & below the eyebrows is the next pressure point called ‘bright light’.
This point when pressed on both sides for 1 minute will help you get relief from sinus headaches and symptoms of allergy along with improving the vision.
You can find a chain of points that curl around the upper corner of the ear about a finger width from your ear. Below are the points in order of their sequence.
- Hairline Curve
- Valley Lead
- Celestial Hub
- Floating White
- Head Portal Yin
Stimulate each of these points one after another & simultaneously to get relief from temporal headaches and migraines.
These points are located at the bottom of your cheekbone, on both sides of the nostril, right below the pupil. It is known as ‘welcome fragrance’.
By stimulating both sides of these points will help in opening sinuses and reduces eye fatigue, toothaches, migraines and tension headaches.
There are various pressure points located in your neck region that help reduce migraines and tension headaches.
i] Wind Pool
This point is located behind your head. To be precise, it is situated halfway between your ear and spine. This point is also known as ‘wind mansion’.
Stimulating this point will help in getting relief from pain in eyes, ears, throat, unblock nasal congestion and even treats your headache and migraine problem.
ii] Shoulder Well
This pressure point is located at the shoulder’s edge. To be precise, it is situated halfway between the shoulder’s point and base of your neck.
Stimulating this point helps in treating neck pain, which sometimes may cause severe headaches. It is also beneficial in relieving from other ailments like spasms and asthma.
iii] Heavenly Pillar
This point is located exactly 2 fingers below the base of your skull (sideways) in the neck region. You can find rope like muscles on both the sides of your spine.
By applying pressure on these points helps in treating headaches, stiff neck, neck pains, insomnia and stress. It is also beneficial in reducing cough.
iv] Gate of Consciousness
This point is located in the hollow between the vertical neck muscles, exactly below the base of your skull.
The pressure point when stimulated will help in getting rid of headaches, stiff neck, eye strain, arthritis, dizziness, irritability and neuromotor coordination.
You can locate this point in the webbing (soft skin) between your thumb and index finger. It is called ‘union valley’.
This acupressure point is very effective in treating frontal headaches, toothache and back pain.
P.S: Pregnant women should not stimulate this point as it may cause contractions in the uterus.
Foot reflexology provides relief for migraines and there are mainly two acupressure points in the foot that treats headaches.
i] Bigger Rushing
This point is located in the valley between the big and second toe, on top of your foot. It is known as ‘Moving between’.
Apply pressure in these points to get relief from headaches, eye tiredness, foot cramps, and arthritis.
ii] Above Tears
This point is located an inch above the webbing (soft skin) of your 4th and 5th toes.
By stimulating this pressure point, you can be relieved from headaches, sciatica, shoulder tension, arthritic pains, hip pain and water retention.
How to Avoid a Headache/Migraine in the Future?
A lifestyle change is the only possible solution to avoid getting headaches/migraines in the future. Apart from medications, your doctor will probably suggest these to you:
- Manage your stress
- Get enough sleep; If possible schedule your sleep at the same time every day
- Change your diet; Avoid fast & processed foods as much as possible
- Switch medications; Avoid usage of drugs and most importantly lower the use of medicines for every problem, especially the pain killers
- Avoid certain sensory stimuli; Stay at a safer distance from the high light beams and loud sounds, if you think you’re sensitive to them.
Headaches and Migraines might be a common problem found in most people these days, but ignoring it may sometimes pose severe health risks. Rather than depending on English medicine, which may or may not solve the problem, try these simple and effective acupressure points to treat migraine and headaches at home.