This excerpt is from the best-seller, Acupressure?s Potent Points.
Most headaches are caused primarily by tension, which constricts the blood
vessels that supply oxygen to the brain. A headache is the body?s warning signal
that the brain may not be getting enough oxygen. Too often, we choose to repress
the warning signals of a headache by taking aspirin, instead of dealing with the
stress and the real cause. If you have a bad headache that persists for more than
several days, call your doctor.
The following self-care routine can
be done either lying down or sitting
1. Palm Press the Temples. Position
the heel of your hand on your temples,
in the indentations outside of
your eyebrows. Apply firm pressure
inward and rotate your hands while
breathing deeply for one minute.
2. Hold Base of Skull wth Bridge of
Nose. Place a hand under the base of
your skull (GB 20), thumb on one side,
fingertips on the other, three inches
apart. Use your other hand to press the
upper ridge of the eye socket near the
bridge of the nose (B 2) with your
thumb and with your thumb and middle
finger. use your index finger to gently
touch between the eyebrows (GV
24.5). Press underneath the skull firmly
as you tilt your head back and breathe
deeply for one minute.
3. Press St 3. Use your middle and
index fingers on both hands to gradually
press up under the cheekbones, directly
below the center of your eyes, for one
minute. Straighten your spine and
breathe deeply through your nose as
you hold these points gently.
4. Press the Headache Point. Place
your right thumb into the webbing
between the thumb and index finger
(LI 4). Direct pressure underneath the
bone that attaches to your index finger
for a minute. Then switch hands and
work on your right hand.