These acupressure points arelocated on either side of the nostrils just below the cheekbone, where the nose meets the cheek.
While they work well for headaches, you can also massage this point for any sinus problems, nosebleeds, allergies, or congestion. (5) Yingxiang effectively relieves nasal congestion even in people with acute respiratory tract infections. (6)
4. Tian Zhu
These are two points on either side of the spine where it meets the base of the skull.
Not only for headache relief, these points are effective in treating fever, body aches, lack of concentration, memory, dizziness, stiff neck, sore throat, nasal congestion, back and shoulder pain. (7,8)
5. Shuai Gu
This point is located about an inch above the beginning of the front curve of the ear. You should feel a slight indentation in the bone that confirms the location of this spot.
It relieves a migraine, improves tinnitus, vertigo, and vomiting. (9) Stimulate this point on both sides of your head for best results.
6. He Gu
This point is in the hand at the highest point of the muscle when the thumb is held against the index finger.
Open your hand and feel the point in the meaty part of the muscle in the web between the thumb and hand. Used properly, it can relieve a migraine, tension headache, jaw pain, dizziness, congestion, sinusitis, stomach ache, constipation, and diarrhea. (10)
A headache is a symptom of something unusual going on in your body. While it can’t fix the underlying cause, acupressure is known to increase energy, relieve stress, and promote blood and lymph circulation throughout your body.
In fact, a 2-year trial of 500 patients with tension, migraine, and cluster headaches found:
“Auto-acupressure replaced outpatient prescriptions for analgesics, ergotamine preparations, steroids, propanolol or methysgeride. The value of auto-acupressure was enhanced by its easy availability of application and lack of toxic effects.” (10)
So the next time you have a bad headache, reach not for the medicine cabinet but apply your fingers to these pressure points for headaches for quick, lasting, and drug-free relief.