Acupressure Tip for Headache Relief -Part 1
First off, LI4 is contraindicated during pregnancy - it’s a highly potent point for stimulating contractions.
Today’s acupressure tip is focusing on Large Intestine 4 or LI4
LI4 is known as the analgesia point and as “asprin” for colds, flu, sinus conditions and headache. This point relieves frontal headaches, stress type headaches, toothaches and neck and shoulder pain. It’s also an acupressure point for relieving constipation. Combine with the acupressure point Liver 3 to help with acute pain and stress (Liver 3 will be our next Acupressure Tip!).
Large intestine 4 is found in the webbing between the tomb and index finger, at the highest spot of the muscle that protrudes (or the bulge )when the thumb and index finger are brought close together - like when you “quack like a duck”!
Once you’ve located the point, angle the pressure towards the bone of your index finger, “roll” around until you find a sensitive area - hold this and use a deep firm pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 4-5 seconds, hold for a minute while taking deep breaths. Work the points on both hands. Even better, get someone else to massage the point for you.
LI4 or "He Gu" is a point that has been well studied through randomised control trials and clinical research for pain reduction and alleviation especially concerning TMJ pain, migraine and tension type headaches.
From a Kinesiology perspective, emotionally the Large Intestine 4 acupressure point restores hope to the spirit, releases anger, depression, numbness, and any emotions being held onto. The Large Intestine meridian in general expresses the attributes of letting go, releasing and purging. Headaches, TMJ pain and even constipation are considered an imbalance of the Large Intestine Meridian. So you can see why it's such a important pint to stimulate when you're all congested and head-achey.
So next time you have a headache, why not try acupressure on Large Intestine 4?
Extra Tip! Try combining this point with Australian Bush Flower Essences Emergency Combination - oral spray, drops or mist or Bach Rescue Remedy - oral spray or drops, and a few topical drops of massage oil with Essential oils of Peppermint* and Lavender* on your pulse points - Take it one step further and soak your feet in magnesium salt (or Epsom Salt) with a few drops of essential oil and Rescue Remedy/Emergency Combination and acupressure point massage!** For more info on Magnesium read our blog post here.
* We strongly advise against internal consumption of any essential oil. Please research for yourself regarding this practice. Flower Essences are safe to be taken internally as they are a highly diluted form of Homeopathic medicine.
** Recommendation only, not to be taken as a prescription or medical advice.
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- Legge, D. 2014. Acupuncture Points and Meridians. 2nd Ed. Sydney College Press, Woy Woy.
- Robinson, D. 2014 Emotional Meridian Harmony Kinesiology. By the Bay Kinesiology, Melbourne.