Migraine Pressure Points: Overview

By Dr. Pallavi Sharma

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Migraines are a global epidemic. They affect more than 50 million people worldwide and are the most prevalent neurological disorder, according to the World Health Organization.

While there is no cure for migraines, there are ways to cope with the pain, nausea, and other symptoms of migraines.

One of the most common ways to treat migraines is to relieve stress. Stress can trigger a migraine by making your body more sensitive to pain signals. Staying relaxed can help decrease stress levels, which may also help relieve your migraines.

If you’re having trouble relaxing and dealing with stress in your life, try one of these tips:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Meditate daily.
  • Stop using drugs that make you feel high (like marijuana) or lower your dosage of prescription medications (if you take them).
  • Spend time outdoors, there are a lot of people around when you’re outside.

While there is a wealth of literature on the relationship between stress and migraines, there is little that can be done to reduce the impact of stress on your migraine. In fact, chronic stress can increase the frequency and severity of migraines. So how to manage stress in your life?

The first step is to recognize that managing stress is difficult. You may feel like you’re just going through the motions or are putting off dealing with a problem because “it’ll pass.” But it’s important to remember that managing stress doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it doesn’t have to be at all!

Migraines are common and painful, and pressure point therapy is one way to relieve some of the pain. Pressure point therapy involves applying pressure to specific areas of the body to relieve pain and inflammation.

So let’s learn more about pressure points.

Pressure Point Therapy: Will it Work for Migraine?

Migraines are a serious condition, and they can have a big impact on your daily life. Migraine treatment is highly individualized, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with migraines.

One of the most effective treatments for migraines is acupressure. Acupressure is the application of pressure to specific points on the body to relieve pain and tension in areas of the body that are related to a particular illness or condition.

Acupressure has been used for thousands of years in Eastern cultures, but it wasn’t until recently that Western medicine began incorporating acupuncture into their practice. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating migraines, as well as other diseases like arthritis and depression.

Acupressure is a holistic treatment modality that has been used for hundreds of years in China to treat a variety of disorders. It involves applying pressure to specific points on the body in order to relieve pain and improve circulation.

They believe migraine is triggered by an imbalance in energy flow within your body. It makes sense that acupressure could help relieve some of the symptoms of this condition.

What are Pressure Points?

There are several points that are said to be effective for migraines:

The ear is a very sensitive area for migraines. It’s often where the pain begins, and it’s also where most people seek relief from the symptoms by using acupressure. The following tips will help you get started with acupressure on your ear.

Ear Pressure Points

The ear has an outer edge, temporal area, apex, and canal. These are the four key areas of acupressure in the ear.

Place pressure on these sites one at a time, just above it. Work gently into it for about 20 seconds per side. Repeat steps 1 through 3 at least three times per day for best results.

The Outer Edge of Your Earlobe

Feel a comfortable tingling sensation in your arm or leg, which indicates that you’ve reached your mark.

Ear Gate or SJ21

The ear and the temple converge. By exerting pressure here, the jaw and face may become less stiff and unpleasant.

Ear Apex or Erjian or HN6

The highest point of the ear It can reduce swelling and pain.

Ear cartilage, or Daithhi’s point

This point is placed directly above the opening to the ear canal. It might aid in relieving headaches. If alleviation persists for a few days or even a week after treatment, some acupuncturists may inject seeds to maintain pressure on this location.

Hand Pressure Points

Union Valley, Hegu, or LI4: Back of the hand between the base of the thumb and index finger.

It is believed that applying pressure to it can make headaches less painful.

Foot Pressure Point Sites

Applying pressure to specific areas of the feet can help with headaches, stress, and sleep troubles.

The Moving Point, LV 2, or Xingjian,

This area is between the big toe and the second toe.

It relieves tension headaches, jaw discomfort, and facial pain.

A Significant Surge, LV 2, or Xingjian

1-2 inches back, between the big toe and the second toe.

It can help with sleep problems, tension, and anxiety.

Beyond Tears, GB41 or Zulinqi

It can be found slightly behind and between the fourth and fifth toes.

This region can help to minimize migraine attacks.

Other High-Pressure Areas

The GV 10 is located on the forehead between the eyebrows. It is thought to be effective in treating migraines as well as tension headaches.

The V3 point is located on the outer lip (cheek) on each side of the mouth, just behind the upper teeth. It is said to be effective in treating migraines and tension headaches.

The LI 11 point is located on each side of the eye socket, above and below each eye socket. It is thought to be effective in treating migraines, tension headaches, sinusitis, fatigue, allergies, earaches, poor circulation, or vision problems such as blurred vision (diplopia), etc.

The Yin Tang, or GV24.5, is located on the forehead in between two eyes. This palace is known as the “third eye.”

Feng Chi, or GB20, is located at the base of the skull where the neck meets the skull. Pressure can be applied from either side. Zanzhu, Bamboo Gathering, or BL2 is the area where the nose meets the bone in between eyebrows.

How to Apply Acupressure Correctly?

If you have a migraine on your forehead, you would apply pressure with one finger (index or thumb) to a point on your head. The pressure can be applied for five seconds at a time, working up to 10 seconds if necessary.

You can also try this method by using two fingers: one hand presses down while the other finger is placed directly over the area of pain (or applies pressure). This works just as well as doing it by hand, but it takes longer because you have two fingers instead of one.

The pressure can be applied in a circular movement. It is better to increase intensity while applying pressure. A dull ache is a common response, whereas a stabbing pain at the pressure point indicates that it should be stopped.

Professional Acupressure Helps!

When you go to an acupuncturist, there are a lot of things to consider. You’ll want to know what type of practitioner they are and if they have experience with your condition.

You’ll also want to ask if they have any questions about your history or whether they’ve heard of similar cases in the past. If so, this will give you more confidence that they are capable of treating your condition.

  • First and foremost, check the license of the therapist! You can ask for a good professional acupuncture specialist from your doctor.
  • You should also make sure that the acupuncturist has been trained in the proper use of needles and knows how to avoid allergic reactions. The needles should be sterile.
  • If they have had any previous problems with needles or have had issues with acupuncture before, this could be a sign that you don’t want them to treat you.
  • Finally, you should always ask if there are any additional fees for services like acupuncture or other remedies beyond what is covered by insurance companies (such as heat therapy or botox injections, which have a good effect on migraines).

This can help ensure that you aren’t overpaying for something that doesn’t work or isn’t necessary for treatment (or worse).

Acupuncture Procedure

  • The therapist will bring you to a relaxing room.
  • Since it is for migraines, you may have to uncover your face, neck, and feet area.
  • He will explain the procedure and select the pressure point sites.
  • Then he will apply sterile needles to it. Though it feels like pricking you, it will subside within seconds.
  • The therapist will place the needles for 10–20 minutes and then remove them slowly.
  • You could experience some swelling or bruises after the procedure.

What are the Other Remedies to Heal Migraines?


It’s no secret that yoga can help you feel better. Since 2000 BC, yoga has been used as a tool for healing, relaxation, and self-care. It can help with migraines by improving your circulation and lower your blood pressure. It also helps with pain relief because it increases the flow of oxygenated blood to your head.

Yoga for migraine is an effective practice for this condition because

  • It helps to relax muscles that are tense from pain or stress.
  • It can reduce the severity and frequency of migraines by decreasing the number of chemicals released in the body during an attack.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of therapy that helps patients change their thoughts and behaviors so that they can more effectively manage their symptoms.

CBT for migraines is designed to help you identify and correct the negative thoughts that are causing your migraines and learn new skills to deal with your symptoms.

The CBT program will also teach you how to deal with the emotional side effects of migraines so that you can feel better in spite of the pain.


Other than taking relievers ( Tylenol, Acetaohmophine, NSAIDs) or preventer medications (Triptans), minerals, like magnesium, may help.

Stress Management

You can take small steps toward managing your stress by Creating a daily routine that helps you stay organized and focused

Being mindful of your environment (for example, by taking breaks from work when possible) Making time for restorative activities such as exercise or meditation

When to Seek a Medical Doctor’s Help?

When you are suffering from a migraine and in need of other types of medications, you can seek help from your doctor.

Do not attempt acupuncture at home as it is a sterile procedure. You can get more details on acupressure from your doctor and there is evidence for it.


TeleHealthDoc articles are all written and reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, or PharmDs and are for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

Dr. Pallavi Sharma

Dr. Pallavi Sharma is one of Melbourne’s best, well respected cosmetic doctors and aims to provide longstanding anti-aging benefits for her clients. With over 11 years experience in Performing cosmetic procedures, Dr. Sharma has lectured medical professionals regarding cosmetic treatments and is heavily involved in providing up to date cosmetic treatments to her clients and friends.
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