So you think you’ve tried everything to get rid of a headache, including Chinese acupressure for migraine headaches? More than just a head massage, yet less intimidating than acupuncture needles, Chinese acupressure is an excellent and convenient tool for relieving migraine headaches, nausea, vomiting, eye pain, and migraine with aura symptoms such as tremors, paralysis, and visual impairment. Try these therapeutic migraine acupressure points the next time you’re lying in bed waiting for your migraine headache to go away…
Tou Wei “Head Corner”
ST-8 Tou Wei is a vital acupressure point for relieving migraines; it is where the Stomach channel, the Gall Bladder channel, and the Yang Linking (Yang Wei) vessel meet.
Located above your hairline at both corners of your forehead, Tou Wei is particularly helpful for treating the symptoms of migraines with aura, including:
- Sharp, splitting headaches
- Partial paralysis
- Twitching eyelids
- Distorted vision
- Bursting eye pain
To find your Tou Wei pressure point, begin at your temples, and slowly walk your fingers upwards until they meet your hairline. Press gently.
Feng Chi “Wind Pool”
GB-20 Feng Chi is on the Gall Bladder meridian, and is one of the most important acupressure points for treating headaches. Fen Chi is particularly helpful for treating:
- One-sided headaches typical with migraine disorder
- Neck pain
Located at the nape of the neck, Feng Chi can be accessed by placing both hands on your head and using your thumbs, find the depression at the base of your skull. Now, gently walk each thumb sideways, about one inch, until you find depressions that are adjacent to your large neck muscles. Press each thumb inwards, towards your eyes.
Jian Jing “Shoulder Well”
GB-21 Jian Jing is also on the Gall Bladder meridian, and is helpful for treating sinus headaches, in addition to chronic migraines. Jian Jing is used to treat:
- Occipital nerve headache
- Shoulder pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
To locate your Jian Jing, start at your shoulder and gently move your fingers inwards until you find the point where your neck and shoulder meet. Press down on this tender spot.
Bai Hui “Hundred Convergences”
GV-20 Bai Hui is located at the crown of your head; its name is a testament to its ability to treat the “one hundred diseases.” The Bai Hui is where all of the yang qi of the body meet.
Bai Hui is immensely helpful for treating migraine headaches, in addition to many comorbid conditions such as epileptic seizures and tinnitus. Some illnesses that are alleviated by accessing your Bai Hui points include:
- Eye pain
To locate your Bai Hui, imagine a line running on top of your head, forward to back, between your ears, sort of like a Mohawk. The point that is directly on top of your head in the middle is your Bai Hui.
Han Yan “Forehead Fullness”
Also called “Jaw Serenity,” GB-4 Han Yan is especially helpful for treating one-side headaches typical in migraine disorder.
To access Han Yan, start at your Tou Wei points at the corner of your hairlines. Slowly open and close your jaws while you walk your fingers down about one inch. The depression that you feel, most noticeable while chewing, is the Han Yan.
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