Treatment protocols and techniques in acupuncture can be relatively intricate and a wide range of factors are taken into account before I arrive at a diagnosis and prepare a treatment plan that’s unique to you.
Point location itself is complex and takes many years to master, but there are some points that can be used successfully with basic acupressure techniques. The points that follow have quite common purposes and don’t solely rely on an in-depth diagnosis to prove beneficial. Of course it’s best to visit your acupuncturist first to determine the best course of treatment for your particular condition.
Caution: Do not use any of the following points if pregnant, or if you think you could be pregnant.
In my experience, the following acupressure points are effective for helping to alleviate headaches. Simply apply light pressure and use a gentle circling motion with your index finger or middle finger over the points highlighted on our Clinic ‘Meridian Man’ and described in more detail below. Try to spend at least 5 minutes on each.
Large Intestine 4 This is one of the better known acupressure points for relieving headaches; found in the fleshy area where your index finger and thumb bone meet. Its Chinese name is He Gu, which in English means Union Valley. Especially good for headaches at the front of the head, this is a point I use for a range of facial issues. Do not use if pregnant.
Gallbladder 14 The Chinese name for this point is Yang Bai and it’s located around an inch above the middle of your eyebrows, you can use acupressure simultaneously on both the left and right side of your head.
Yin Tang If you’re one of my regular acupuncture patients, it’s likely that you will have experienced the effects of this wonderful extra point. Known as Hall of Seal in English; this point calms the spirit. Many of my patients love this one and have likened the sensation to the switching off of a computer, as their mind begins to quieten and they relax into the couch.
So, hopefully these acupressure points will prove useful to you. Please feel free to share this post with anyone who may find it of benefit.
If you would like to explore further treatment with acupuncture, please give our Truro Natural Health Centre a call on 01872 274774 or visit The Mitchell Hill Clinic’s website to book online: www.TheMitchellHillClinic.co.uk I also offer free 15 minute consultations should you wish to find out how acupuncture may help you.
Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), 1st Dan, FEA, MBAcC, MCAUK
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