Headache Relief Using Acupressure

acupressureWe all suffer from headaches from time to time.

There is an easily accessible acupressure points that can help relieve headache pain, especially if your headache is located toward the front of your head as with sinus headaches.

This point, known as Large Intestine 4 or its more lyrical name “Joining the Valley,” is located in your hand, in the web between your thumb and index finger, at the point just above where your carpal bones meet.

To use this point for headache pain relief, squeeze it gently but firmly using the thumb and index finger of the opposite hand and hold for about 2 minutes.

If you try this point in each of your hands, you may find that this point is tenderer in one hand than the other; if that is the case, try squeezing the point in the hand that is most sore. Some people also find applying ice to this point can help relieve headache pain.

Stimulating this point has been shown to help alter our body’s response to pain. In addition to headache relief, this point can also help with toothache, shoulder pain and nausea. Stimulation of this point may also help with depression, and help balance the digestive system.

This point should NOT be used by pregnant women as it may cause uterine contractions.