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Acupressure for Headaches and Migraines

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Acupressure can help relieve a variety of common ailments.

Acupressure can help relieve a variety of common ailments.

What Causes Headaches and Migraines?

Not only thousands, but hundreds of thousands of people suffer from severe headaches and migraines. Surprisingly, the medical system offers few satisfactory cures for these ailments. Acupressure or pressure point therapy, if done correctly and diligently, can offer sufferers relief.

Those who are prone to headaches and migraines often experience throbbing inside the head and severe pain in half of the head or the entire head. One might experience visual disturbances, hypersensitivity to noise, as well as anxiety, nausea, or vomiting. Individuals may remain affected by symptoms for days on end.

Women are more prone to headaches and migraines due to hormonal disturbances, abnormalities of the reproductive organs, and urinary tract infections. Some women experience them with the onset of menses or during menopause.

Migraines and headaches can also arise from a number of triggers:

  • improper liver or gallbladder function
  • abdominal gas
  • constipation
  • high blood pressure
  • chronic colds
  • earache
  • toothache
  • nerve pain
  • mental stress
  • head injury or tumours
  • mental exertion
  • hot weather
  • eye strain
  • travel

Substances That Trigger Headaches and Migraines

Alcohol (beer)

Cottage Cheese


Carbonated Drinks


Certain Medications (oral contraceptives)



Excess Physical Exertion

Treatment of Headaches and Migraines With Acupressure

Within a few days of undergoing acupressure or pressure point therapy, those suffering from headaches or migraines will start to get relief. To cure these ailments, it is necessary that all pressure points on the hands and feet are subjected to pressure (especially those points which are painful when pressed).

You can see pressure points where the head meets the neck in figures 1 through 7 below. Pressure can be given with the thumb and fingers for a few seconds on each point. Application of pressure on these points will either stop the pain immediately or will reduce it to the bare minimum.

Figures 1 and 2

Apply pressure on the side of the neck as shown in figures 1 and 2. Ensure that the pressure is applied to these points from top to bottom and not vice versa. Use your thumb or fingers to apply pressure.

Figure 3

Apply pressure to the tips of the toes and the big toe of both feet. Move onto the thumbs and fingertips of both hands. These points are connected to the head and brain.

Figures 4, 5, and 6

During a migraine or a severe headache, there is heaviness, pain, and tension in the head, neck, forehead, and eyes. To alleviate this, all of the fingers, toes, and thumbs should be massaged on all sides from top to bottom, and pressure should be applied as shown in figures 4 and 5. Pressure should also be applied on the sides, the top, and the undersides of the thumbs and the big toes (as shown in figure 6). These areas are related to the neck, and pressure on the thumbs will relieve a headache if the pain is due to any problems in the neck.

Figures 7 and 8

Figures 7 and 8 show the channels on the feet and hands respectively. The channels have to be massaged with the thumb in a forward-moving motion, outside, inwards, and towards the wrist or ankle.

Figure 9

The most powerful pressure point is shown in figure 9. It is located on the web between the thumb and first finger where they join. This point should be pressed daily twice or three times for 2 to 5 minutes. Apply pressure as if you are massaging in a circular fashion. If this point is massaged during an attack, relief is quick.

Figures 10, 11, 12, 13 (A and B)

Migraines and headaches are very much related to stomach disturbances. Sufferers should apply pressure on the points related to the liver, stomach, and intestines as shown in figures 10A and 10B. Pressure should also be applied to the spleen in the left foot and left hand (figures 11A and 11B), the kidneys (figures 12A & 12B), and the endocrine glands (figures 13A & 13B).

Figure 14

The pressure points for the sex glands are also found just below the ankle as in figure 14.

Figure 15

Related pressure points can be found between the eyebrows and at the outer ends of the eyebrows and on top of the head.

Figure 16

More pressure points can be found in the area of the eyebrows as in figure 16. The eyebrows can be pinched all along their length by holding them between the thumb and fingers. Gentle pressure can be applied in an upwards direction and released for a few seconds each. One can do this themselves or have it done to them.
This removes any tension and heaviness of or around the eyes immediately.

Figure 17

If one is suffering from diseases of the ears or teeth, sinuses, or has high blood pressure, then one should apply pressure to the correlating points. Also, rubber bands can be tied on the thumbs, fingers, and toes as in figure 17.

A few points of note if rubber bands are used:

  • Use thick rubber bands.
  • Place the rubber bands at the 1st joint of the fingers or thumb.
  • Keep the rubber bands on for a period of 1 to 5 minutes, but always remove them at any point in time if you feel uneasy or if the finger turns blue.
  • After removing the rubber bands, massage the spot lightly to restore blood circulation.

Figure 18

Another way to get relief from migraines and headaches is to press one's tongue with the upper and the lower teeth. Keep 1/2 of an inch of your tongue outside of the mouth before applying pressure. This is shown in figure 18.

General Health Advice to Avoid Headaches and Migraines

  • Do not eat any foods that you are allergic to.
  • Eat foods rich in vitamins D & E.
  • Alcohol, tea, and coffee increase migraines and headaches.
  • During a migraine attack, it is better to rest in a dark, airy, quiet room.
  • Taking a bath and going for a walk in the open air offers relief to some people.
  • Refrain from taking on undue stress.
  • Avoid medicine as much as possible.


The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician or healthcare provider before taking any home remedies, supplements, or starting a new health regimen.

Additional Reading

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 15, 2018:

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VERY VERY much like the message AND photos thanks

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Najat from Rottherdam - NL on November 13, 2014:

great methodes, thank you for sharing this hub.

laral from England on November 12, 2014:

Wonderful hub! Thank you for sharing with us your secrets very well explained! I have saved the hub on my computer as I often suffer from headache.

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on November 11, 2014:

Hi Rajan. Bravo a first class hub. So well researched as usual, presentation Tip Top. This is so helpful. I am keeping it for reference. Thank you.

Voted up and all.


Dr.Ajay das on July 26, 2014:

Thank for your great contribution ,a layman can use and he will be heal,like you I also treat through online freely through astrology ,herbal ,homeopathy etcs .

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 10, 2014:

Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.

Anshuman on January 20, 2014:


My wife was having a very bad migraine attack and i googled to see what i could do to help her.The medicines were not helping her. I followed the instructions given on this page and her pain reduced to a bare minimum within 15 minutes. She had been suffering for the whole day. Thanks for sharing the info!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 20, 2013:

Kristy, acupressure principally is not supposed to be administered so painfully as you describe. In fact it should be stopped the moment it becomes uncomfortable. So this is a very interesting angle to this therapy, one I've not come across.

Thanks for sharing your experience here.

Kristy Jensen from The Dalles, OR on January 19, 2013:

I have had an aggressive form of this acupressure done for severe migraine headaches by a doctor for years. He started in my wrist and followed the pain up my arm, across my shoulder, up my neck and either over the top of my head to the corner of my left eye or across my ear and over to the corner of my left eye. Severe buising occurred and sometimes my hair was pulled out as he traveled quite a distance to the corner of the eye. It was worth every bruise and every $ as I would likely not get another migraine for a year. It was not uncommon for me to get them every week before being treated in this fashion. You can imagine my disappointment when my doctor retired and no one else in my community has been taught this very effective procedure. This was truly one of the few preventive measures that actually worked for me for a long period of time. We all know when the moment strikes you just want pain relief but the actual prevention through acupressure is cheaper and more effective. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for everyone like it did me but it's worth a try if you have not done it before.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 24, 2012:

I'm glad this hub is helpful to you Audrey. Appreciate that you find them worth saving. Your appreciation means a lot. Thanks for the visit.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on December 23, 2012:

I am a believer in acupressure. I found your hub to be very useful. The sketches are very good and most helpful. I collect and save all of your hubs. They are "gold." Thank you rajan. Voted up!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 22, 2012:

Glad to know to use acupressure to get rid of pain. This is useful alternate therapy without the side effects of modern day pain killers. Thanks for coming by and appreciate your support Patricia.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 22, 2012:

So glad that you have shared this. My Momma taught me about accupressure as a young girl. I have migraines and have used this method to help alleviate the pain. I also use it for other pain that I may experience. One reason I like using it is that there are no side effects--no dangerous chemicals being put into my body.

Have a lovely evening. :) ps

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 09, 2012:

Hi Praveen, nice to know you like the presented information. Thanks for reading.

Praveen P.V. Nair from Trivandrum on December 08, 2012:

Baji, you have done excellent regarding the explanation and also the pictures used. Thanks for the information of pressure points

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 08, 2012:

@ Salini - Glad you like the info and practicing pressing these points regularly will rid you of these headaches. Thanks for reading and tweeting.

@ Devika - I do hope you use acupressure technique to get relief from headaches. Thanks for visiting.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 08, 2012:

What a well presented Hub I used suffer from these headaches and was in such agony. Now that you have enlightened me on the helpful idea I feel relieved.

Salini from India on December 07, 2012:

Very informative and helpful hub. I do suffer from occasional bouts of headaches but I take homoeopathic medicines for it, will soon try this when next time the lightening strikes my head!!!

voted useful and tweeting.

have a great evening ahead...:)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 06, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf,

Thanks for passing it on to your friend. I'm sure it will benefit. Thanks for reading and appreciate the comments.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 04, 2012:

Acupressure, when performed correctly, can provide amazing relief. I never suffer from headaches, but some of my friends do. I'm going to send this hub over to one of my friends who suffers with migraines. Thank you!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 01, 2012:

@ shiningirisheyes - I wish you had; all the same I appreciate your interest in reading this hub and commenting positively. Thanks.

@ Qudsia - I'm honored by the bookmarking. Thanks for the appreciation.

QudsiaP1 on November 30, 2012:

I am definitely bookmarking this one rajan!! You are a complete genius. :)

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on November 30, 2012:

Very interesting hub my friend. I have suffered from Migraines my entire life and practiced this therapy. Unfortunately I was either not a very good candidate for did not stick with it often enough for progress.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 29, 2012:

Hi Marlene, acupressure therapy does indeed work but as with any therapy it has to be followed religiously. Also, I'd suggest that all the points mentioned here should be pressed for complete and permanent relief. I'm glad you could benefit. Thanks for coming by.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on November 29, 2012:

This is excellent information. I actually tried the procedure shown in Figure 9 for a migraine and was surprised that it really worked. I'm saving this hub to keep as a reference tool. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 29, 2012:

@ teaches - migraine is much commoner than we realize and I'm glad you learnt the many ways one could suffer from it. Thanks.

@ Rasma - Well I've no idea of the ointment relieving the headache. Thanks for sharing this tidbit. Thanks for visiting and sharing the hub.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 28, 2012:

Voted up and interesting. Thank you for this much needed and informative hub. I know that there is a Chinese ointment which when rubbed on certain pressure points takes away headaches and rubbing lemon rind at the temples. Passing this on.

Dianna Mendez on November 28, 2012:

Another fascinating hub post, Rajan. I do have friends who suffer from migranes. This will help to undersatnd what they go through when they have them. I learned much from this.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 28, 2012:

@ rcrumple - Rich, regularly pressing all the pressure points related to migraine and headaches for some days will surely relieve you of this condition. Regularity & covering all the points is important. I'm sure you will be benefit with regular practice of this therapy. Thanks for stopping by.

@ Carol - The name you recall is probably Chinese so I'm not aware of it. Glad you took a course in acupressure so you are aware of its benefits. Thanks for the visit, votes and sharing.

@ alocsin - thanks for bookmarking and the votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 28, 2012:

I like that these don't cost anything and don't put anything inside your body. I'll bookmark this hub to consult during my next headache. Voting this Up and Useful.

carol stanley from Arizona on November 28, 2012:

After my computer has been in repair mode lots to catch up. This hub is going into serious bookmark and valuable to keep. Voting up and sharing. As I mentioned I took a course in pressure points was called spelling is off....Jin Shin Jhitsu...Sound familiar?

Rich from Kentucky on November 27, 2012:

Rajan - I was suffering from a migraine due to neck problems and almost passed by this hub. So, I read it and rubbed the thumbs as directed. It eased somewhat, but after ten minutes it's trying to make a comeback. Still, any relief is well appreciated! Great job!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 27, 2012:

@ lovedoctor - thanks for visiting.

@ flacoinohio - Thanks for the addition to the hub. Appreciate the visit and vote.

flacoinohio from Ohio on November 27, 2012:

While I do not use acupuncture, I do use the pressure points to help relieve pain. Love the information in this hub especially the information on the feet. There is also a notch usually in the center of the eyebrow, slight pressure in a counterclockwise rotation for ten to fifteen seconds at a time can help reduce headache pain and sinuse pressure pain especially around the eyes. Very useful hub.

lovedoctor926 on November 27, 2012:

Thank you for this helpful information:) voted +

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 27, 2012:

@ Bill - I'm glad you found the hub useful. Thanks for bookmarking and passing it on.

@ Georgie - Thank you.

@ Deborah - Acupressure can be a boon in such cases. Thanks for a great feedback and the sharing.

@ Audrey - I'm glad you found info that you could use. Thanks for the read and share.

@ Audrey Howitt - Glad to know you use acupressure. I'm glad you like the illustrations. Thanks for the compliments.

@ Keala - Aloha! Thanks for the compliments, my friend.

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on November 27, 2012:

Rajan Jolly, as usual, you've written a most informative and useful article that will undoubtedly lessen the amount of headaches and migraines all over the world. Thank you very much for sharing! Aloha!

Audrey Howitt from California on November 27, 2012:

Oh! Such a good hub! I use pressure points all the time in working with tension in singers--I loved your illustrations!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 27, 2012:

A knowledge of these pressure points is both useful and appreciated. Learning about channels on the feet and hands is something I'm interested in. I am rarely without pain in my feet. Thank you for explaining how this all works. You've done a great job!

Voted up and more and sharing.

Deborah from Las Vegas on November 27, 2012:

Rajan, this is a wonderful hub! I have used reflexology and acupunture points on my patients and it really works. Patients in pain and untouchable due to radiation, surgery and tumors benefited greatly from simple pressure points and massage of the hands and feet. Thanks for writing this, it is a very good simple technique to use. You are a great researcher!! Shared on FB!

Georgie Lowery from North Florida on November 27, 2012:

This is very useful information. I get headaches often and your tips will come in handy. Thank you for sharing them!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 27, 2012:

Very useful information, Rajan! I am saving this, and sharing it, so that others who suffer from migraines can learn from this great hub.