Getting Rid of Headaches with Acupressure

Headaches aren’t always convenient. They don’t wait for the weekends. No, they occur, seemingly at random (more on this in another article), and are a constant drag on the quality of your day.

It’s very hard to have a fulfilling and productive day when you’re suffering from an intense headache. And even in the best of cases, when the headache isn’t causing your skull to throb, it’s still there.

Headaches are a result of many different causes. As a result, it’s best to know several different ways to treat one. That way, as soon as you find yourself with a headache, instead of diagnosing what caused it, you can treat it very quickly.

Of course, it’s very important to know what caused it eventually, as that will help you prevent future headaches. Regardless of the preventative measures you take, though, you will likely get a headache sometime, so it’s good to have a few quick remedies on hand in this type of scenario.

What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is one of the best headache remedies there is. Why? Because you can do it at any time and at any place. Best of all, you don’t need anything but your body to use this remedy.

And it’s very probably that if you have a headache, you also have a body (now we’re just being funny).

Acupressure stems from ancient Chinese health and wellness techniques. You’ve probably heard of acupuncture. Acupressure is similar, except instead of using needles, you simply apply pressure with your hands and fingers.

Now, there are many different acupressure “hot spots” on your body. The key is to find the ones that will help relieve your headache. Fortunately for you, we’ve done the research and testing. Here are the top acupressure locations:

1) Top of Nose and Back of Skull – Step one, take one of your thumbs and place it on your forehead, right where the top of your nose is. Step two, take your other thumb and move it to the back of your skull, right where the skull begins to curve downward and gets softer. Your thumbs should be fairly level. Now apply firm pressure for 10 seconds, then release the pressure slowly for a count of 10.

2) Hand Acupressure – Locate the area between your thumb and pointer finger. Now take your other hand and squeeze this area. You should feel some mild discomfort. Continue doing this for five minutes, then release.

3) Top of Eye Socket – Feel the top of your eye socket, right below the eyebrow. Locate a ridge in the skull that, when pressed, is fairly painful. Once located, press this ridge for 10 seconds, then release.

Any of these three acupressure techniques will likely provide relief to your headache within minutes. This is perfect for a headache that comes on at the most inconvenient of times. No matter how inconvenient a situation is, there’s never a time you won’t be able to apply slight pressure to your hand, eye or skull.

Give these methods a shot!

Natural Headache Remedies

Headaches are viewed as a minor health issue. They’re (usually) temporary. Yes, they hurt but they go away eventually.

Of course, it’s very hard to share this mindset when you’re in the middle of a fierce headache. It’s consuming. It’s not something you can just “stop concentrating on.” And therein lies the problem. The more you concentrate on a headache, the more it seems to hurt, causing you to concentrate on it more.

This can lead to splitting headaches that are extremely debilitating. This is especially true if you get one at work. Have a job that requires a lot of concentration? Good luck performing well with a headache!

And since it’s such a “minor” condition, most people will offer minor sympathy and expect you to go about your day as normal.

For this reason, it’s vitally important you know how to treat headaches once they’ve already occurred. Sure, the best headache remedy is prevention, but that’s not always possible.

When you get a headache, chances are you head to the medicine cabinet – advil or aspirin, here we come! But these remedies are—at best—temporary. Worse still, if you get relief from a pain killer, you may have to take more the next time to get a similar relief.

What’s the solution? Natural remedies. These remedies work very quickly and are also beneficial to your health, unlike continually taking over-the-counter pain killers. In this article, we’ll be discussing a few of the most effective natural headache remedies. Then the next time you’re wondering, “how do I get rid of headaches?” you’ll know!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is—hands down—one of the most effective natural health remedies there is. It helps with a wide variety of conditions, ranging from headaches to high blood pressure. So it’s not a bad thing to include in your daily routine.

Apple cider vinegar is also a quick and effective way to deal with a headache. As soon as it starts to come on, pour yourself a glass of 1-2 tablespoons of ACV, then fill the rest up with water.

I know, I know… not the most delicious drink in the world. But you might think it is after you see what it can do for your headache!

Also, an important note: not all apple cider vinegars are created equally. You want organic ACV. Organic apple cider vinegar has what’s called “the mother” in it. This is an enzyme that is naturally occurring as a result of the fermentation process. In name brand vinegars like Heinz, this enzyme is removed, which is a shame as it’s one of the healthiest parts of vinegar!

No ACV on hand? Try eating an apple. While it might not be as effective or fast acting, it can certainly help relieve your headache in a pinch. Plus it tastes a whole lot better than a tall glass of vinegar!

Cayenne Pepper

Another great natural remedy is cayenne pepper tea. When you have a headache, mix some cayenne pepper with hot water. Stir, add some honey to taste and drink up!

Yes, cayenne pepper tea is probably not a recipe you’ll be adding to your social drinks list, but it gets the job done! And, as an added benefit, cayenne pepper is also a “one-size-fits-all” natural remedy. Like ACV, taking cayenne pepper regularly can do all sorts of wonders for your health.

So next time you have a headache, instead of reaching for an over-the-counter pill, try one of these natural remedies first. They work just as quickly and, when used consistently, can also act to prevent headaches in the first place – something neither advil or aspirin do!

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