Headache & Migraine
Location of acu-point LI4 He Gu
uses include headaches & pain
(caution - not to be used if pregnant)
Tension headaches may worsen under stressful circumstances. Currently, we are all experiencing changes to our routines. If you already suffer from headaches they may well be aggravated. Particularly, if you are unable to maintain your self-help regimes - such as attending your regular yoga class or acupuncture treatment. I have many regular patients to my acupuncture clinic who are unable to attend for massage or acupuncture to help ease their headaches and/or migraines. Hopefully, these acupressure points and lifestyle advice will help you manage them better.
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I also offer individualized online acupressure consultations.
In the meantime try acu-point LI 4: between the thumb and first finger. If you squeeze the thumb and first finger together you will see a mound. It's at the highest point of this mound. Using thumb of other hand, press firmly towards the first finger and hold. It's a tender point. Breathe deeply, 30 seconds - 2 minutes or more. This point combines well with acu-point LIV 3 on foot (see location on Acupressure Anxiety Routine).
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BAcC Acupuncture & Headache Research Factsheet
BAcC Acupuncture & Migraine Research Factsheet
BAcC Acupuncture & Stress Research Factsheet
Biomedical Interpretation of how acupuncture may help headaches
This information is a direct quotation from the British Acupuncture Council's research factsheet, Acupuncture and Headache, 2015.
"Acupuncture may help to relieve tension-type headache by:
increasing endorphins (Han 2004) and neuropeptide Y levels (Lee 2009), which can help to combat negative affective states;
stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz, 1987; Zhao 2008; Cheng 2009);
reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Zijlstra 2003; Kavoussi 2007);
increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009), which aids dispersal of swelling."