Headaches are exceedingly common these days – mostly due to our stressful lifestyle. From spending time staring at the screen to attending a million calls a day, or eating irregular meals to lack of rest, all amount to a terrible headache. The worst part is that it is accompanied by pain in the eyes, neck, ears and sinuses. The instant reaction is to gulp those pills and relax. But how many times can you do that in a day?
Sometimes the headaches keep recurring at different times of the day which leaves us irritable and nauseous. So instead of the pills, try something new. The completely natural method of acupressure will surely help you to get rid of the pain. Acupressure is an ancient art that uses the fingers to gradually press key points that heal. It was developed 5,000 years ago in Asia. It can boost the immune system by using the power of the hand. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain, and develops spirituality.
Find a position in which you can relax, with the help of gentle circular motion of your fingers, massage the pressure points.
1. The Yintang Point
In Hindu mythology, the concept of the Third Eye is present. It is symbolic of enlightenment. Hindu women wear ‘bindi’ and men put ‘tilak’ exactly on the yintang point between the eyebrows. It is the point where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead and is ideal for getting rid of pain in the eyes. It is mostly caused by fatigue.
2. Zan Zhu Points
Base of the inner edge of the eyebrows is called zan zhu point. Sometimes a running nose along with a headache is a deadly combination, you can expect relief if you massage this point for one minute. Use circular motion only applying light pressure. This also helps in improving vision.
3. Yingxiang Points
Located on either side of the nostrils, where the cheekbones end, the yingxiang point is in line with the eyes. Massaging them opens the sinuses and reduces stress. It also relieves a headache or toothache.
4. Tian Zhu Points
Tian zhu points are located behind the head. It is between the base of the head and where the spine begins. It is between the two ears and works wonders for headaches and migraines. Nasal congestion and pain around the eyes or in the ears are cured by massaging the points.
5. Shuai Gu Points
Near the hairline, the shuai gu point is located on a slight dimple. Eye fatigue and pain in the temporal region is cured by putting pressure on these points.
6. He Gu Points
Between the thumb and the forefinger on the back of the hand, the he gu point is present. It is ideal for relief from severe back pain. Uneasy tension near the neck and also toothache can be cured too.
Stimulating these pressure points that the Chinese call chi and the Japanese call ki, help releasing endorphins, the neurochemicals which relieve pain. Flow of blood and oxygen to the affected area is increased causing the muscles to relax and promote the healing process. Certain signals sent to the brain through this act close the “gates” of the pain-signaling system, thus preventing painful sensations from passing through the spinal cord to the brain. So, next time if you feel any ache coming on, you know what to do.