5 Acupuncture Points for Headache Relief
Headaches can be caused by a variety of factors, including tension, posture, neck pain, sinus issues, and eyestrain. Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to alleviate headache pain and improve overall well-being. Here are five acupuncture points that can be particularly helpful for headache relief:
LI4 (Hegu): This point is located on the back of the hand, between the thumb and index finger. It is known as the "Master of Pain" and is often used to treat headaches, as well as toothaches and neck stiffness.
GB20 (Fengchi): This point is located on the back of the head, near the base of the skull. It is often used to treat headaches, particularly those that are caused by tension or eyestrain.
ST8 (Touwei): This point is located on the forehead, just above the eyebrows. It is often used to treat headaches, as well as sinus issues and dizziness.
GB8 (Shuaigu): This point is located on the side of the head just about the ears. It is often used to treat headaches, as well as neck stiffness and dizziness.
SP6 (Sanyinjiao): This point is located on the inner ankle, three finger widths above the ankle bone. It is often used to treat headaches, as well as menstrual cramps and digestive issues.
In addition to these points, acupuncture may also involve the use of other points on the body to address the root cause of the headache. According to a review of acupuncture for headache published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, acupuncture may be an effective treatment for tension-type headaches and migraines (Linde et al., 2016).
Dr. Brian Gordon DC LAc
Chiropractic | Acupuncture
Active Care Spine Center | Encino CA