No one likes getting a headache. There’s never a convenient time to get one and they can be so difficult to treat. Everyone has their go to pain medication, but sometimes they are just not enough. Whether you’re looking to find more relief for a bad headache or don’t always want to reach for the Advil, you could always try out some alternate methods. People try to cure headaches by:
- Staying in the Dark,
- Taking a Bath.
There are also quick and effective natural methods that you can try. The body has a series of acupressure points that when massaged for around 30 seconds can help relieve headaches and other pains within five to ten minutes.
Whether it be a slight pinching in your forehead or a full blown migraine, these methods may just help you next time you’re having a bad pain.
1. YinTang Point: Also known as the third eye, this pressure point is located in the center of the forehead directly between the eyes. Many people experience pain in this spot as we use our minds so much throughout the day and this area may begin to feel tight.
In order to relieve the pain, you can use your middle and index finger to squeeze gently for a few moments. Do this for up to a minute to help alleviate some of the pain.
2. Zan Zhu Points: These spots can be found at the top of your eyebrow bone, just as the top of the nose begins.
Massage here in order to relieve a headache. Use slow circular motions while applying pressure to these spots. This process can also help with a runny nose and can improve vision.
3. YingXiang Points: You can find these points on either side of the nostrils, just above the lips. They should line up with the eyes. You can also locate them by feeling for a small dimple in the bottom of your cheek bones.
Massage this area and apply pressure to open the sinuses, reduce headaches, and reduce stress levels.
4. Tian Zhu Points: These spots are located on the back of the head in the center of the neck. You can massage these points to help with congestion, eye/ear pain, and with severe migraines or headaches.
The spot can be massaged to help with insomnia and stress, and will also help with neck pain or stiffness. Firm and steady strokes should be used on this spot to see the best results.
5. Shuai Gu Points: This spot is located just above the ear, approximately 2-3 centimeters from the start of the hairline.
Massage this area to alleviate eye fatigue. It can also assist when trying to eliminate addictions and restore balance to the nervous system. To massage this spot, use your index finger to apply pressure to the spot and your thumb to apply pressure to the back of the ear.
6. He Gu Points: This is probably one of the most well known pressure points, located in the webbing of skin between the thumb and index finger.
This spot can be squeezed in order to relieve back and neck pains as well as migraines. This spot can also be squeezed to reduce nausea. To get best access of this spot, make sure your fist is balled into a fist before performing the massage.
7. Sacral Points: Located directly above the tailbone, at the base of the spine. These spots can be massaged to help relieve cramps and other menstrual pains.
Simply lie down on your back and layer your hands for added pressure. Massage both spots above your tailbone for a few minutes each, and then repeat as needed.
8. Pericardium: This spot can be located on your wrist about three inches from the bottom of the palm. When massaged gently, this point can help to relieve nausea and vomiting.
Whether it be because of pregnancy, motion sickness, nerves, or just a flu, people find themselves nauseous for a variety of reasons. Apply pressure to this point using your index and middle finger and repeat as needed. There are actually special bracelets called ‘sea bands’ designed to put pressure on this spot during boat travel.