• Shruti GOCHHWAL

Acupressure Points for Headaches

Does that throbbing pain in your head steal away your acupressure points for headaches focus from your work? Are you a chronic sufferer of headache and tried all medications but found no relief? Well! Headaches can result due to various reasons, you may experience a headache due to gas, or due to migraine, or even a fever with a headache can be the reason.

Dealing with chronic headaches or migraines can impair your daily function, especially when you found out there are rarely any solutions available for treating them.

How Does Acupuncture Help in Headaches?

Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that works by removing the negative energy from the body. The technique involves inserting a series of very thin needles at specific pressure points which are usually found near the nerves in your body.

The needles inserted allows the blood to flow in the area by releasing any congestion or pressure near the nerves. This may also stimulate the release of certain hormones like endorphins. Endorphins are “feel-good” chemicals which when released help cope with pain or stress.

Acupuncture points for headache

Acupuncture therapy has a noteworthy effect on headache. There are various acupressure points for headaches which when stimulated can help you find relief from headache.

Some of these acupuncture points are mentioned below

  1. Liver 3

  2. Spleen 6

  3. Large intestine 4

  4. Stomach 36

  5. Pericardium 6

  6. Yin Tang

  7. Heart 7

Liver 3

Liver 3 point

Liver 3 acupressure point, Credits: pixabay


Location: Headaches like migraine are usually associated with liver stagnation and stimulating liver 3 acupressure point can bring relief from it. Liver 3 acupoint is located distally to the junction of the bases of first and second metatarsals on the foot. Liver 3 is a point where the big toe and adjacent metatarsal join your foot.

Benefits: Applying pressure on the liver 3 points helps treat vertigo, digestive issues, headaches, nausea and vomiting due to headaches, depression,  and irritability. It helps regulate the Liver Qi and calms shen.

Spleen 6

Spleen 6 Acupunture point

Spleen 6 Acupuncture point, Credits: pixabay


Location: The point is located at the inside of your leg in the depression of the medial side, posterior to the tibia. You can find this point four fingers space above your ankle.

Benefits: Activating this point by applying pressure can help treat insomnia, headaches, strengthen the spleen and harmonizes the liver. It also calms your mind helping you cope up with stress, anxiety and agitation.

Large intestine 4

large intestine Acupuncture point

Large intestine 4 acupoint, Credits: pixabay


Location: The point is located on the dorsal side of your hand between the thumb and the index finger. The point is where the two fingers meet in the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone.

Benefits: Stimulating this point harmonizes qi (circulating life forces), calms your mind, alleviates psychological tension, and tension related headaches.

Stomach 36

Stomach 36 Acupoint

Stomach 36 Acupuncture point, Credits: pixabay


Location: Headaches can cause you fatigue and lower your stamina. Stomach 36 is located on the anterior aspect of the lower leg, four-finger spaces below the knee cap, and one finger space towards the shin bone.

Benefits: Applying pressure on this point helps treat abdominal migraines that may trigger headaches tooIt is also one of the best acupressure points for headaches due to acidity.

Pericardium 6

Pericardium 6 Acupoint

Pericardium 6 acupoint, Credits: pixabay


Location: Pericardium 6 point is located on the palmar aspect of the forearm, below the wrist of the hand, approximately 3 finger breadths in the depression between the tendons.

Benefits: Stimulating this point helps to relieve nausea,  motion sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headaches.

Yin Tang

Yin Tang Acupunture point

Yin Tang Acupunture point, Credits: pixabay


Location: Located in the inner edges of your eyebrows in the center of your forehead. Also, known as the third eye area of the forehead.

Benefits:  Acupressure applied to this point helps treat frontal headaches and sinusitis.

Heart 7

Yin Tng Acupuncture point

Heart 7 Acupuncture point, Credits: pixabay


Location: Heart 7 acupressure point is located in the wrist just below your palm in the depression of the radial side of the tendon where the little finger ends.

Benefits: It helps resolve emotional related health issues like headache, Insomnia, anxiety, depression. It calms the mind and tonifies the Heart Blood and Qi.

Acupuncture technique aims in treating the imbalance in bodily fluids or bio-energies. It works at its best when focussed on rectifying a pattern of imbalance in the patient.

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