“Alternative medicine” is usually grouped in a category that still remains seen as “unscientific,” thus leaving it out of the accepted treatment category in modern day medicine. One of these treatments is acupuncture, or acupressure.
It’s generally held that acupuncture originated in China, while in fact acupuncture is mentioned in documents that date from a few hundred years ago all the way up to the Common Era. Even sharpened stones and bones from approximately 600 BCE have been interpreted as instruments for acupuncture and treatment. (1)
Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. Acupressure uses the same ideas and belief systems and stems from the idea of acupuncture, without inserting any needles.
Squeeze the fleshy place between your index finger and your thumb, known as the Hoku spot in Chinese medicine. By applying firm pressure there for just 30 seconds you can often reduce stress and tension, often working wonders for Headaches. Press and hold the point until pain subsides and you feel the muscles relax.