Acupressure/finger acupuncture techniques for headaches

Acupressure or finger acupuncture is a variation of traditional acupuncture. It can be helpful as a self-help tool for the treatment of mild to moderately painful headaches. It is a technique of massaging acupuncture points related to headache. There are two important acupressure points useful in treating headaches.


  • Locate the important points detailed below.
  • Press firmly over the point and begin rubbing in a circular motion two to three cycles per second. Use moderate pressure.
  • It works best if done on both sides at the same time. Thus, you may need a friend or relative to help.
  • You can perform this procedure for up to five minutes many times per day when you have a headache.
  • Acupressure is a safe, non-drug, simple-to-learn technique that can provide relief for mild to moderate headaches.

Point Feng-chi - location and technique

  • Below the occipital bone, about 1.5 inches lateral to the midlinefeng of the head.
  • Sit down and bend the head forward.
  • Use thumb(s) to massage firmly in a circular motion.

Point Ho-ku - location and technique

  • Over the dorsum of the hand, in between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones. point ho ku
  • Lie or sit down.
  • Use thumb to press firmly against the 2nd metacarpal bone and massage in a circular motion.
  • It is best to have both sides done at the same time, but if no one is able to help, you can massage one side for up to five minutes and then switch to the other side.