Using Pressure Points On Your Eyebrows For Better Health

Eyebrows are great at conveying emotions, but they can also tap directly into the health of your body. Our eyes perceive the outside world, but they are also deeply connected to our internal workings. The pressure points on our eyebrows allow for direct access to the health of our eyes and offer an indirect influence through body parts that are related to the eyes, such as muscles and the liver. Acupressure points on eyebrows have the ability to relieve the daily strain that burdens our eyes, brains, and many other areas of the body that connect to these two major organs. If activated properly, a pressure point eyebrow massage can relieve pressure, reduce stress, and even improve the natural function of our eyes and minds. While there are many pressure points on eyebrows, the most accessible and impactful ones are listed here.

What Are Pressure Points On The Eyebrows Particularly Effective For?

They are particularly effective for eye health and mental health. These sensitive yet powerful organs are used every day, causing them to feel worn down and function poorly at times. Since these organs are delicate, self-treatment options are slim and risky at best. In contrast, professional treatment can be expensive and not easily accessible.

They are an easily accessible and effective method to treat headaches as well as discomfort, puffiness, or dryness of the eyes. Eye pressure, neck pain, tension headaches, and a number of other conditions can all be accessed and treated with pressure points hidden in the eyebrows. 

What Is The Benefit Of Pressing Acupoints On The Eyebrow?

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The benefits of pressuring pressure points on eyebrows are far-reaching. A reduction in eye strain and pain from headaches are some of the most immediately noticeable benefits, but these pressure points are also great for the reduction of stress overall.

A lot of stress can materialize in the forehead. When too much tension builds over time, migraine headaches or migraine attacks are much more likely. Even if you don’t suffer from this form of head pain, stress can materialize in other places, like your neck muscles. Activating the right points can release that built up-stress and save you from these forms of discomfort. This can have positive effects on the entire body and even improve your emotional well-being. This makes it the perfect complementary therapy for a multitude of other health treatments. 

How Effective Are Acupressure Points On The Eyebrows? 

Acupressure on the eyebrows is a very effective method of treatment, especially when it comes to headaches. Studies have found that acupressure, when used correctly, can significantly reduce headaches and even migraine pain. For those with chronic headaches, it can also help reduce the frequency at which they occur.

It is thought that this may be the result of a balance in blood flow caused by activating pressure points on the eyebrows. This method of treatment can even improve the effectiveness of medication being taken for head pain, making it an effective tool on its own and in conjunction with other treatments.   

What Acupuncture Point Is On The Eyebrow?

Acupoint: EM-2 (Other Names: Yin Tang/Hall of Impression)

Acupoint: EM-2 (Other Names: /Yin Tang/Hall of Impression)

We will start our tour of acupressure points across the brow bone with a pressure point between the eyebrows. Yin Tang, or EM-2, is a central pressure point known for its ability to dispel pressure in the head due to its connection with the autonomic nervous system. This pressure includes sinus pressure, making EM-2 a useful form of acupuncture for hay fever treatments. Some studies have also shown that this point has the ability to reduce anxiety, making it a useful option for releasing pressure in your head, regardless of whether it’s physical or mental.

 EM-2 is easy to locate since it falls in the middle of the forehead, right between both eyebrows. Due to its central location, this point is not mirrored, and all of its benefits can be reaped from activating a single point. For best results, apply pressure with your thumb and make small circular motions about 20 times whenever you intend to activate this point.

Acupoint: EM-3 (Other Names: Yu Yao)

 This next acupuncture point helps balance blood flow to the face and brain, making it useful in a multitude of ways. Acupuncture for puffy eyes typically includes this point as it helps release pressure and improves natural functions, like tear secretion and the removal of waste. Pressure points on eyebrows sometimes hurt because of a buildup of sinus pressure. Luckily, this point can be used to relieve that pressure when activated appropriately. EM-3 is also an effective treatment for headaches for this reason, and it can even help preserve a more youthful appearance through the reduction of drooping eyelids or eye bags.

 There are pressure points above the eyebrows, but Yuyao actually falls on the eyebrow. If you look directly ahead and draw a line upward from the pupil of your eye, the point at which it intersects your eyebrow is exactly where EM-3 lies. You can activate this point with pressure from a single finger, or you can use your pointer, index, and middle finger together to massage this area. Circular pressure is best as it activates the point and calms the body.

Acupoint: EM-5 (Other Names: Tai Yang)

EM-5 may stray from the eyebrows a little bit, but it is still a pressure point on the eyebrow bone. This point is also known as Tai yang, and it shares some similar qualities to the other two EM points listed prior, but it also boasts an ability to benefit jaw pain. EM-5 relieves pain in the head and improves the function of the eyes. It is so impactful on eye health and function that it is often included in lists of acupressure points for cataracts.

For most individuals, the end point of their eyebrow aligns with or goes slightly past the end point of their outer eye. Draw a line between the outer edge of both your eye and your eyebrow, and find the midpoint. If you measure 1 cun away from this midpoint, you will notice a slight indent past the browbone. This is where EM-5 lies on the temples, and gentle pressure can be applied to reap the benefits of the point.

Acupoint: GB-14 (Other Names: Gallbladder-14/Yang Bai/Yang White)

The eyes are not just the windows to our soul, and they can also display signs of distress within the body. Exhaustion elsewhere can cause the eyes to be red or generate a headache behind the eyes. GB-14 is commonly used as acupressure for better vision because this point rejuvenates the eyes. When these pressure points above the eyebrows are properly stimulated, blood circulation is improved, and with it comes healing properties that relieve stress-related discomfort.

GB-14 falls in line with EM-3, but it sits a bit higher. If you look straight ahead and measure one cun directly above your eyebrow and in line with your pupil, you will find GB-14 or Yang Bai. Apply gentle yet firm pressure to this point on both sides of your face for the best results. 

Acupoint: Bl-2 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-2/Zan Zhu/Gathered Bamboo)

By this point, it should be rather apparent that the eyes are connected to more than sight alone. The eyes and acupoints around them connect to the liver and indirectly influence muscle health as well. When one of these organs faces an imbalance, they are all sure to feel some form of imbalance. Bl-2, or Zan Zhu, is capable of helping these organs by reestablishing balance among them. Bl-2 is commonly used as one of a few acupressure points for an eye infection because it is a potent point for healing and the reduction of pain around the eyes.

You can find Bl-2 at the inner corner of each eyebrow. There is a slight indentation at this area of the brow bone, and that is exactly where you want to apply pressure. Since this is a pressure point of the inner eyebrow, it can be a sensitive area, and you don’t want to apply too much pressure. A pressure point eyebrow headache can result from excessive pressure being applied to these mirrored points.

Acupoint: TE-23 (Other Names: Triple Energizer-23/Si Zhu Kong/Silken Bamboo Hollow)

Our journey through acupressure points on the eyebrows comes to a close at the end of each eyebrow because this is where TE-23 lies. TE-23, also known as Si Zhu Kong, lies on the triple energizer channel. When this point is activated correctly, it can help relax nerves in the area, making it a good remedy for headaches and eye pain. And uncontrolled eyelid twitching. TE-23 is often used regarding acupressure autoimmune inflammation treatment because of its ability to calm the eyes and brain.

You can find Si Zhu Kong at the end of either eyebrow. If you trace the tip of your finger to the end of your eyebrow, you should feel a slight depression in the brow bone. This is exactly where you want to apply a controlled amount of firm pressure. 


  • EM-2 is a central pressure point that is capable of dispelling pressure in the head, relieving headache pain, and reducing stress through its connection with the nervous system.
  • EM-3 helps release pressure and improves natural functions, so your eyes and mind can look and feel more youthful.
  • EM-5 improves the function of the eyes and relieves pain in the head, including jaw pain from built-up tension.
  • GB-14 helps rejuvenate the eyes, improves blood flow in the head, and it also boasts healing properties that relieve stress-related discomfort.
  • Bl-2 is able to improve both eye health and overall health since it is connected to many other organs within the body.
  • TE-23 lies on the triple energizer channel, where it helps relax the nerves that cause headaches and uncomfortable eye twitching or strain. 

Author: P. Sze

P. Sze P. Sze is the founder of TCM Tips and Dragon Acupuncture®. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a first-class honor in Civil Engineering. S he also holds a master’s degree in Engineering and is the brain behind the innovative TCM products of Dragon Acupuncture®. She is the author of The Beginner's Guide to Auricular Therapy: Application of Ear Seeds (ISBN 978-1520451398) and Facial Gua Sha - Fight the Signs of Aging Naturally and Inexpensively (ISBN 978-1980678922). She has dedicated her life to ensuring that the complex theories behind oriental medicine and the seemingly dangerous techniques that involve needles and fire do not scare you from trying oriental medicine. This is why she writes endlessly about acupressure and its countless health and wellness benefits.

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