Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medical approach that involves applying physical pressure to specific parts of the body, known as pressure points or acupuncture points. Point 4 (LI) of the large intestine in the hand, also known as Hegu, is located between the base of the thumb and the index finger and is often recommended for relief from headaches, pain, and digestive problems. Stimulating this pressure point can help with nausea due to headaches, digestive issues, and general pain. MPS is a type of skeletal muscle disorder that can cause muscle pain, tenderness, and tension headaches.
The third point of eye pressure is located in the middle of the ridge just above the end of the fold formed by the thumb and forefinger. Applying pressure or massaging gently in circular motions at this pressure point may help with migraine attacks. The shoulder well pressure point can be activated to help relieve stiffness or tension in the shoulder and neck muscles. Acupressure practitioners suggest that pressing on this area may also help with nausea due to headaches, digestive problems, and general pain.
Acupressure can be performed on oneself or by someone else to massage the chosen pressure points. This pressure promotes blood circulation and relieves physical tension, which can help with migraine attacks. Research is ongoing to determine if acupressure can help with nausea after surgery or chemotherapy. Participants in studies have reported improvements in sleep quality, relaxation levels, and pain, including headache. You can practice acupressure for migraine at home to relieve some of the pain, tightness, and abdominal problems that accompany an attack.
Be sure to apply pressure at this pressure point on both hands for maximum relief.