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26 March 2010 :: 16:03:14 pm 16721

Acupressure For Guaranteed Headache Relief

The history of acupressure is lost in the mists of time and it is almost impossible to ascertain exactly when it first originated. However, most sources associate its beginnings with Daoism, approximately 8000 years ago and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
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One of the core beliefs of Daoism is that there is a vital energy pervading the universe and all forms and creatures in it, humans included. It is with this vital universal force, known as chi/qi, that acupressure deals as it manifests in man.  Chi flows in meridians through the human etheric body, but can be accessed physically by deep pressure (acupressure) or by the application of needles (acupuncture) to redirect the flow of this vital force as, through inadequate diet, unwholesome living practices etc the flow becomes distorted and disease results; it is the function of either acupressure or acupuncture to reharmonise the flow of chi.

Acupressure is a form of treatment for pain that involves pressure on particular points on the body known as ‘pressure points’, of which there are over one thousand; these are key nodes of the chi network, which frequently become clogged through inharmonious living. Acupressure identifies and releases these congested energy centers, making way for a symmetrical flow of energy.  This is done by placing physical pressure by hand or elbow or various devices on different points of the body.
Acupressure is very much like a traditional massage, but with more emphasis on the pressure points. Rubbing in a circular motion for around 5-15 minutes is a very powerful technique which relieves most ailments. It promotes calmness as this is the natural effect of harmonic chi flow, producing sensations of relaxation.

Acupressure’s healing process is quite quick and the energy flow can be felt within a few minutes. Pressure applied to certain positions helps in removing toxins making the blood flow smoothly.

A person can perform acupressure on him or herself with no equipment needed but their own fingers. There are no side effects with this treatment and can prove to be very beneficial as blood circulation improves and the immune systems strengthens, promoting a healthy mind, body and soul.

Headaches can be caused by a variety of health conditions including tension, stress and fatigue which can be relieved by stimulating certain specific pressure points. As previously mentioned, there are more than a thousand pressure points to our body therefore, locating the correct point for the associated ailment is crucial. To stimulate these points, a person has to gently massage or apply pressure on them with fingers.

The dent or depression at the base of the skull is the stimulation point for the relief of headaches felt in the temple region and the sides of the head. Apply pressure to this point with your fingers for 2-3 minutes and then gently massage the area.

Another pressure point is located between the thumb and the index finger. Using you thumb of the other hand to press on this point for about 2-3 minutes then lightly massage the area with gentle strokes toward the wrist for another 2 minutes. This point can be very effective for relieving toothaches and sinus pain as well as headaches.

Stimulation between the big toe and first toe can ease pain behind the eyes. Gently pressing or massaging the temples and the inner corners of the eyes can also relieve headaches. Another effective point is the one between the eyebrows on the bridge of the nose where a slight depression can be felt. Massaging this point in an upward direction for 1-2 minutes can help get rid of a headache.

Applying acupressure for headaches can be helpful in managing both tension and migraine headaches, but it is crucial that the proper points are identified as over stimulation to some points in pregnant women can induce premature labor so this points to the fact that a lot of care is required when practicing acupressure for headaches.

Patty Brown

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