5 Acupressure Points on Your Head and Their Benefits

While it may not be used for healing therapy, acupressure can help us feel much better and naturally relieve several types of discomfort.
5 Acupressure Points on Your Head and Their Benefits
Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 11 June, 2022

Acupressure is a technique that originated in traditional Chinese medicine. It works by stimulating certain acupressure points on your head and body to improve those areas and overall health.

Whether you already do it regularly or still have yet to try, it’s never too late to make it part of your routine and get its amazing benefits.

Acupressure can help release built-up tension, improve circulation, reduce pain, and relax your body and mind. So, it can be a great thing to do when you’re feeling very stressed, for example.

Rembmer, this is an alternative therapy. Acupressure isn’t trying to cure illnesses, the goal is to improve your overall health and offer a treatment that’s more natural than normal medical procedures.

Now that we’ve told you about the basics, we want to encourage you to try to use these 5 acupressure points on your head.

If at any point you have a tension headache, feel wiped out from a long day at work, or just want to improve your circulation, try these out and see how good they can make you feel.

5 acupressure points on your head

1. “Third Eye” pressure point

Acupressure points on the head

This pressure point, called the “Third Eye”, is one of the most common points for treating headaches and migraines.

  • This pressure point in between the eyebrows, above your nasal septum.
  • Applying pressure on this area can help you stimulate various blood vessels, which improves circulation and blood oxygenation. It’s also useful for treating certain skin problems. 
  •  There are two ways you can stimulate this pressure point:
    • The first way is simple: you just have to put pressure on it with your index finger for 60 seconds.
    • The second way is more relaxing: without lifting your finger, make circular movements on this spot. It’s so simple.

2. The “Bamboo” pressure point

bamboo pressure point

The “Bamboo” pressure point treats your nasal passages and helps you relax, alleviate stress, and clear up your nose.

  • To find the bamboo pressure point, you have have to place your index fingers on the inner corners of your eyes
  • It’s the bone surrounding your eyeballs. It’s a sensitive area where stimulating sensations can make you feel better fast.

To use this pressure point, you just have to apply pressure to it with your fingertips for a minute.

(You should always avoid putting too much on it. That can actually cause pain, or even lead to visual hallucinations like spots or light.)

3. The “Gates of Consciousness” pressure point

The "Gates of Consciousness" pressure point

This pressure point is on the back of the neck, just at the base of the cranium. It treats two essential muscles in this area of the body: the trapezius and the sternocleidomastoid.

  • There are various benefits of applying acupressure to this area of your body and it’s worth giving it a try (although it’s best to have someone help you with this pressure point).
  • Stimulating the “Gates of Consciousness” pressure point can relieve headaches and neck-stiffness.
  • It also is great for reducing vertigo, dizziness, eye pain and even tinnitus.

They need to start by locating these two points at the base of your cranium.

  • They should apply pressure for 5 seconds, using their fingertips and then massage with it their knuckles for 3 minutes.

We recommend that you lie down for this pressure point.

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4. The “Welcome  Fragrance”

The "Welcome  Fragrance"

The poetically named pressure point, “Welcome Fragrance”, is in two spots beside your nasal passages.

There aren’t as many benefits to get from these acupressure points on your head, but it’s still helpful. Doing it can r elieve migraines and uncomfortable side-effects associated with sinusitis.

  • To do it, you just need to place your fingertips in these areas and massage for a minute. It’s incredibly relaxing!

5. “Wind Mansion” pressure point or GV16 (governing vessel 16) 

"Wind Mansion" pressure point or Gv16

Here’s the last of the acupressure points on your head for today. It also has a magical-sounding name, and is in a very specific area: the back of your neck.

The GV16 is in between the meeting point of the head and neck. Just so you know, it’s also one of the best-known pressure points because it has therapeutic benefits for multiple organs in our body. 

Here are some of them:

  • Improving sleep.

  • Helping with digestion.

  • Reducing headaches, toothaches, and arthritis pain.

  • Increasing blood circulation.

To use the “wind mansion” pressure point, you’ll need an ice cube. Apply pressure with it in intervals of 3 seconds, for a total of 1 minute.

You’ll feel the effects almost immediately.

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