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Learning Acupressure Headache Treatment

Do you get headaches? Have you considered acupressure headache treatment? If you haven't it is time to do it. There are drugs that can help, sure, but aspirin can be hard on you stomach and bad for you if you have certain blood conditions. Tylenol is no better. Although it does not upset the stomach there is growing evidence of problems it can cause elsewhere. Acupressure can offer relief from mild to moderate headache pain without drugs. Some you can even do your self or with just the help of a friend and it is 100% safe.

Some back ground on acupressure

Acupressure is not some new fad developed for the health care market. In fact, it dates back 1000's of years traditional Chinese medicine. It should not be confused with acupuncture, however, as the two have one very big difference. When someone thinks of acupuncture they think of little needle stinking all in a body. In acupressure, the same pressure spots are isolated but it is done with pressure, not needles. In both there are 12 meridian and along them certain points in certain ways. In traditional Chinese medicine your ailments could be cause by your chi being unbalanced. Acupuncture and acupressure were meant to restore that balance. As a side note, the pressure points in acupuncture and acupressure are the same as the ones used in the martial arts.

Techniques of acupressure for headaches

There is not just one way to treat a headache with acupressure. Some of these can be done alone while others need a partner. Regardless, none of them is very hard and can be mastered in a few minutes. There are also a load of guides ebooks and videos to help you so there is no shortage of resources available to you.

One of the most common uses the Feng-chi point. This is one of the ones you can do all by yourself. First, find the base of the occipital bone. In layman's terms, that's the base of the skull. Using both hands, find the center and move out about an inch and a half on each side. Rub simultaneously little circles with medium pressure. The rate should be such that you make 2 complete circles per second.During this your head should be bent down.

Another technique use an altogether different pressure point. This would be the Ho-cu. This one is just as easy but is a little harder to explain with out a picture but it involve finding a certain spot between the first and second metacarpal bone and putting the pressure against the second. To be more clear, it is the area of the hand right before the bones that make up the thumb met the bones that make up the first finger. You will be able to feel it as you take a hand with the thumb on the back side to give pressure. Although possible to do alone by alternating hands, the point is best done by a partner.

There are other acupressure points you can use for your headaches; the key is finding them and trying them till you find what works best for you.

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