If you have ever experienced migraine attacks, then you know how horribly debilitating they can be. I used to get migraines quite frequently, and the pain was unbearable. To make matters worse, this condition often prevented me from attending work and important life events. The sad thing is, many doctors will tell you that some people are simply predisposed to having migraines, and there is no easy cure. Luckily, I found nausea and headache acupressure points that have saved me from a lot of pain and suffering.
My migraine attacks often came with migraine-associated nausea, and this combination simply amplified my pain. When I found out that there are effective pressure points for nausea and headache, I was amazed, and when they worked for me, I knew I had to share this information with others. Everyone’s migraine attacks are different, so here is all of the information you need to test these acupressure points for your personal migraine control.
What Pressure Point Gets Rid Of Nausea?
There are a few acupressure points that are closely associated with the relief of nausea, which is the feeling of needing to throw up, and vomiting, which is the act of throwing up. Two of the most commonly recommended points are PC-6 and ST-36. The specifics of these points and their activation will be covered later in the article. Instead, let’s focus on how acupressure points can relieve nausea and vomiting, especially in relation to a migraine attack.
The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system in ways that regulate its balance and improve blood flow. During a migraine, an imbalance of nervous function can cause both widespread and specific points of pain, resulting in the need to vomit. Clinical trials, years of use, and personal experiences have all proven acupressure to be a viable solution for treating nausea and vomiting without medication.
What Pressure Point Relieves Headaches?
Headaches can vary in intensity and location, but they all affect the brain and associated nerves causing pain. There are two major forms of headaches, tension headaches, and migraines. Migraines tend to be more intense and cause nausea, so I chose to focus on this group rather than tension headaches.
In many cases, this pain is related to nervous system issues and blood flow complications. Pressure points like BL-60 and GV-20 are two very common treatments as they address both of these major causes.
There are a few other acupoints for the control of migraines, but these are the two that I have had the most success with. I have found these points to be accessible and effective, so I will further explain their activation in the acupressure point-specific section of this article.
Top Pressure Points For Headache And Nausea
It is best to address all of these points with firm and controlled pressure from a blunt object, like fingers or a pencil eraser. These points are considered to be most effective if you begin activating them when you can feel a migraine attack brewing. However, they can help after it has already started as well.
Acupoint: Bl-60 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-60/Kun Lun/Kunlun Mountains)
For an acupressure point known to relieve head pain and nausea, Bl-60 is surprisingly found in the feet. This point is known as one of the best acupressure points for heel pain, and now it is also at the top of the list when considering nausea and headache acupressure points. This point is also connected to back pain, which is important because the spine holds many nervous system functions and relays information directly to the brain. By calming the nerves in these locations, you can minimize or even stop migraine pain and migraine-associated nausea.
To locate this point, find the tip of the outer protrusion of your ankle bone. Then locate your achilles tendon behind that bone. The Bl-60 point falls in the depression between these two areas and can be activated with firm pressure, which you can apply from both sides with your fingers.
Acupoint: PC-6 (Other Names: Pericardium-6/Nei Guan/Inner Pass)
This point is known for its ability to calm the body when nausea and vomiting begin. This point has been tested in clinical trials for its efficacy and has shown to significantly reduce instances of nausea and vomiting. This point is so effective at soothing the stomach that it is also commonly used as an acupressure point for indigestion. It is also worth noting that this point is excellent for managing nausea from motion sickness!
This point is conveniently located on the wrists. It is three finger widths down from the base of the wrist and lies directly between the two descending tendons from the wrist. Be cautious with the pressure you place on this point as there are a variety of muscles, veins, and tendons close by.
Acupoint: ST-36 (Other Names: Stomach-36/Zu San Li/Leg Three Miles)
This point is part of the stomach meridian, and its direct access to the intestine makes it a great option for nausea and vomiting relief. Its ability to reduce abdominal pain is so great that it is also commonly noted as a top acupressure point for menstrual cramps.
Unlike PC-6, this point is not conveniently located on the upper body. Instead, it is located below the knees, 4 finger-widths below the knee, and towards the outer edge of the leg, to be exact. If you are looking to activate this point and are about to vomit, it is recommended that you sit or crouch down, drawing the leg inward. This is so you don’t have to bend over, as that could intensify your nausea. Once you are in this position and have located the St-36 point, continue pressing it firmly with your thumb for 30 seconds to feel relief.
Acupoint: GV-20 (Other Names: The Governing Vessel-20/Bai Hui/Hundred Convergence)
This point is rightfully dubbed the governing vessel, as it is supposed to govern all functions in the brain. This point is often used as an acupressure point for depression due to its ability to clear the mind. Interestingly enough, it is also capable of clearing the mind of the pain and pressure associated with a migraine attack.
This point can be located at the very top of the head. It is evenly placed between the ears and lays right down the centerline of the head. You will want to apply pressure to this point with a firm vertical force. Do your best to press it in time with your breathing, and the relief should begin after 3 to 5 minutes.