Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hegu for Headaches

There are various causes and types of headaches. An acupuncturist will treat a headache based on the quality and location of the pain, taking into account other presenting symptoms. Acupressure is a valuable self-healing technique. One of the most powerful acupoints used for headaches can be stimulated at home. Hegu (L.I.4) is located between the thumb and forefinger, on the dorsum of the hand. Find it by squeezing your thumb against the base of your forefinger. Hegu is the highest point of the bulge of the muscle, approximately level with the end of the crease. Squeezing here, you should feel slight tenderness.
As the "Master" point of the face, Hegu is used for general head or face pain, including sinus pain and toothaches. Although it's typically used as part of a comprehensive prescription, it can be quite effective on its own. To prevent or eliminate head pain, press firmly on Hegu until you feel a dull, achy sensation. Massage Hegu on both hands, for a few minutes at a time, several times a day. Try this the next time you feel a headache coming on. Feel empowered to heal yourself naturally.
Do not stimulate this point if you are pregnant, as it may promote uterine contractions.


  1. I passed this on to a friend who suffers with headaches almost every day (i think she plays too much bridge!) and she said it is great. I love these kind of tips!
    martha n.

  2. Thanks for sharing this valuable information. Recently, I started suffering with headaches and searched for an acupuncture Mississauga expert. Took treatment from him and got considerable relief in just few sittings.