Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique, derived from acupuncture. While the therapists in acupuncture use very thin needles on the various traditionally determined points of the body, known as the acupuncture points, acupressure therapists apply pressure on the points by the hand, elbow, or with various tools, such as the acuball. This ancient healing art is a part of the traditional Chinese medicine and stimulates the body's natural self-curative abilities. It is estimated that acupressure originates from over 5000 years ago, from Asia. This technique is often used to get relief from stress-related ailments, to release the tension, increase the circulation, reduce the pain, develop the spirituality and boost the overall health.
Acupressure for relieving headaches
Acupressure is one of the easiest and quickest natural ways to relieve headaches and deal with various health problems. The best thing about acupressure is that it is completely safe. It is easy to practice, even if one has never done it before. The only tools one needs are two hands, and all that is required is to follow the instructions and pay attention to the cautions.
Head acupressure point
Stimulating the head acupressure point is excellent to relieve and prevent headaches, especially those occurring in the temple region and on the sides of the head. One should locate the depressions at the base of the scull; about 6 centimeters out from the middle of the neck, and press the thumbs in slightly upward in the direction of the eyes. One should feel comfortable pain and keep the pressure for about 1 or 2 minutes, while massaging the points in very small circular movements.
Hand acupressure point
This point is excellent for relieving any kind of pain located in the head. This can be a headache, toothache or even a sinus pain. The hand pressure point is located on both hands, about 3 cm to 4 cm from the edge of the webbing between the thumb and index finger. One should simply squeeze and massage the point, with a thumbnail from the opposite hand, in very small circular movements for one or two minutes, and then repeat the procedure with another hand.
Facial acupressure points
The points under the top bone of the eye sockets near the nose are very sensitive to pressure. Stimulating these points up to two minutes can easily provide a relief from headaches. The points at the top of the eye sockets are also good acupressure points as well as the area between and about 3 cm above the eyebrows.