Acupuncture Pressure Points for Headaches

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When using acupuncture or acupressure to treat headaches, it's important to evaluate the patient to determine the cause of the headaches. Find out how to treat health problems through alternative medicine with help from an acupuncture physician in this free video on acupuncture and pressure points.

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Hi, my name is Bob Linde. I'm an acupuncture physician and registered herbalist in St. Petersburg, Florida. Today, we're going to be talking about acupuncture pressure points or acupressure as it's know for headaches. So, there's many different points that we can use both using acupuncture or acupressure that are very effective for a variety of different types of headaches. So, really what we need to do is get a good evaluation based on traditional Chinese medicine; forms of evaluation that require going on an entire medical history of a patient. But once we've done that we can select best points oftentimes anywhere from around the feet and knees to local points around the head and where the pain maybe manifesting. But one of the favorites that many people have heard of before is an acupressure point that's located between the thumb and forefinger on the hand. This particular point is especially effective for frontal headaches and even some temporal headaches. So it's something that we have on both hands between the thumb and forefinger, and the easiest way to locate it is actually to press your hands together and the highest part of that muscle that comes up will actually be the acupressure point. So I can go ahead and locate that point on him right here between the thumb and forefinger. For the best results we actually got to squeeze pretty hard in order to get not pain per se, but there's going to be an awareness of pretty intense pressure. This can be done to both hands simultaneously; so a bonus is you have a friend providing the acupressure. If not you can go ahead and apply the pressure yourself, and usually within about a minute or two if you've got the point correctly you'll actually start to feel some relief of the pressure and pain associated with a headache. So, you an go ahead and locate it. This point is known as large intestine four, you can locate that point any time you feel a headache coming on or even after you've already got the headache. It's a great start to helping to relieve some of the pain and pressure associated with a frontal or temporal headache. Make sure that you go and see a good acupuncturist or someone who's able to properly evaluate you to find a variety of points that can be most effective for you in alleviating your headaches. Acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese medicine in general to include herbs can be a wonderful way to alleviate permanently the headaches you may be getting. So, this is Bob Linde in St. Petersburg, Florida, talking to you about using acupuncture pressure points for headaches.

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