Acupressure for Headaches and Migraines

Updated on December 28, 2017
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Acupressure can help relieve a variety of common ailments.
Acupressure can help relieve a variety of common ailments. | Source

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 tumors
  • mental exertion
  • hot weather
  • eye strain
  • travel

Substances That Trigger Headaches and Migraines

 
 
 
Alcohol (beer)
Cottage Cheese
Meat
Carbonated Drinks
Banana
Certain Medications (oral contraceptives)
Coffee
Plum
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 1 Through 3

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figure 1, all points marked as dotsfigure 2, the marking on the neckfigure 3, the points are marked in dots
figure 1, all points marked as dots
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figure 2, the marking on the neck
figure 2, the marking on the neck | Source
figure 3, the points are marked in dots
figure 3, the points are marked in dots | Source

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 4 Through 9

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figure 4, the dotted area figure 5, the pressure points are along the dotted areafigure 6figure 7figure 8figure 9
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figure 5, the pressure points are along the dotted area
figure 5, the pressure points are along the dotted area | Source
figure 6
figure 6 | Source
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figure 7 | Source
figure 8
figure 8 | Source
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figure 9 | Source

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.

Figures 10 to 18

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figure 10 Afigure 10 Bfigure 11 A, point for spleen in left foot onlyfigure 11 B, pressure point for spleen in left hand onlyfigure 12 A, kidney points in both feetfigure 12 B, kidney points in both handsfigure 13, points for endocrine glands in both feetfigure 13, points for endocrine glands in both handsfigure 14, points for the sex glands near the anklesfigure 15figure 16figure 17figure 18
figure 10 A
figure 10 A | Source
figure 10 B
figure 10 B | Source
figure 11 A, point for spleen in left foot only
figure 11 A, point for spleen in left foot only | Source
figure 11 B, pressure point for spleen in left hand only
figure 11 B, pressure point for spleen in left hand only | Source
figure 12 A, kidney points in both feet
figure 12 A, kidney points in both feet | Source
figure 12 B, kidney points in both hands
figure 12 B, kidney points in both hands | Source
figure 13, points for endocrine glands in both feet
figure 13, points for endocrine glands in both feet | Source
figure 13, points for endocrine glands in both hands
figure 13, points for endocrine glands in both hands | Source
figure 14, points for the sex glands near the ankles
figure 14, points for the sex glands near the ankles | Source
figure 15
figure 15 | Source
figure 16
figure 16 | Source
figure 17
figure 17 | Source
figure 18
figure 18 | Source

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.

Disclaimer

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.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thank you

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      poo mani k k 

      2 months ago

      VERY VERY much like the message AND photos thanks

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      azzat abbas 

      8 months ago

      good day

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      pulkittomar 

      2 years ago

      Sir. Namaste . Sir plz. Tell me how my brother can increase weight by mudras with duration period and he is thin . So. Sir plz...tell me soon.

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      Najat 

      3 years ago from Rottherdam - NL

      great methodes, thank you for sharing this hub.

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      laral 

      3 years ago from England

      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.

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      Graham Lee 

      3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      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.

      Graham.

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      Dr.Ajay das 

      3 years ago

      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 .

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.

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      Anshuman 

      4 years ago

      Hi,

      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!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      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.

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      Kristy Jensen 

      5 years ago from The Dalles, OR

      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.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      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.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      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 jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      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.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      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 jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

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

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      Praveen P.V. Nair 

      5 years ago from Trivandrum

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

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ 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.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      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.

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      Salini 

      5 years ago from India

      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 jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi vespawoolf,

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

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      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!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ 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.

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      QudsiaP1 

      5 years ago

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

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      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 jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      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.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ 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.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      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.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      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.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ 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.

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      alocsin 

      5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      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.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      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 ...it was called ..my spelling is off....Jin Shin Jhitsu...Sound familiar?

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      Rich 

      5 years ago from Kentucky

      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!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ lovedoctor - thanks for visiting.

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

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      flacoinohio 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      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.

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      lovedoctor926 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for this helpful information:) voted +

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ 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.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      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!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

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

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      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.

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      Deborah 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas

      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!

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      GH Price 

      5 years ago from North Florida

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

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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