The Greatest Acupressure Point for Headaches

Large intestine 4, called He Gu in Chinese, is the best acupressure point for headaches.  It is especially helpful for sinus headaches and headaches that are centered in the forehead.

Large Intestine 4 works for headaches because this acupuncture channel goes to the head.

Acupressure works by relieving imbalances in the acupuncture channels on the body. Because the large intestine channel goes from the hands to the face, LI 4 can be used for diseases of the head and face including headaches, toothaches, and the common cold.

Location of Large Intesting 4- He Gu
Location of Large Intesting 4- He Gu

Where is Acupressure point LI 4?

To locate LI 4, hold your hand on the side, thumbs side up. LI 4 is a half inch towards the body from the web of the thumb, in the muscle.

How to Massage LI 4


Often with a headache, the muscle at Large intestine 4 will feel distended.  Massage in gentle circles and press until the muscle releases.  With practice, you can feel that the muscle will release under your fingers.  Rub for 30 seconds to two minutes.  Acupressure works quite fast, usually withing a minute or two, to soothe headaches.  If the headache comes back, repeat the massage.

What Symptoms can Large Intestine 4 help?

This is best used for tension and sinus headaches located on the forehead or over the sinuses.  It can also be used for sinus and nasal congestion, toothache, and the common cold.   If you have chronic headaches, then the imbalance is deeper and you will probably require acupuncture treatment.

I like to combine this acupressure point with Stomach 36 and Pericardium 6. This self acupressure routine is a was made very popular in China to improve health.

Can I use this acupressure point during pregnancy? … No

Caution: Because LI 4 strongly moves the qi, it should not be used during pregnancy.

Please note: Forceful rubbing can lead to a minor bruise.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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