Published On: Wed, Feb 19th, 2014

11 acupressure and massage points for migraines

HeadacheMassage to relieve headache

A headache is a symptom of many acute and chronic conditions. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) claims that headache is either due to pathogenic obstructions or inadequate nourishment in the head region. Acupressure massage is most suited for headache due to flu, migraine or muscular tension. Massage your neck and back of your head daily for migraine prevention and relief. See chart above for step numbers to match instructions below.

1. Press and knead between the eyebrows 30 times.
2. Wipe the forehead with the middle knuckles of the index fingers, 30 times.
3. Thumb-knead the temples 30 times, then wipe back towards the hairline 30 times.
4. Press and knead the depressions below the occipital bone (Gb20), at the bottom of the skull, 30 times.
5. Clench the fists and beat the middle of the back of the opposite shoulder (Gb21), 15 times on each side.
6. Nip and knead the middle part of the palm web, between the thumb and the index finger (Li4), 30 times on each hand.

Add the following steps for individuals with:

Migraine:

7. Use the middle fingers to knead the corners of the forehead inside the hairline (St8), 30 times. Firmly wipe again the temple of the affected side, 20 times. Nip and knead the back of forearm 2-finger-breadths above the wrist (Sj5), 30 times on each side. Nip and knead on the back of the palm between the ring and little finger (Sj3), 30 times on each side.

Headache located in the crown:

8. Knead the center of the crown of the head (Du20), 30 times.
9. Knead the front of the forearm, 2-finger-breadths above the midline of the wrist (Pc6), 30 times on each side.
10. Knead the dorsum of the foot in the depression between the big toe and the second toe (Lr3), 30 times on each side.
11. Rub the center of the sole of the foot (Kl1), 30 times on each side.

Headache located in the back of the neck:

4. Knead the back of the head with the thumbs, 30 times.
7. Knead the base of the little finger (Si3), 30 times on each side.

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