If you are experiencing headache or migraine pain in your face, the ChineseReflexology point for the face is a good one to massage. The top of your big toe corresponds to your face, all the way from your forehead to your neck. ... When you get to the bottom of the toe, start again at the top. Repeat for 30 to 60 seconds.
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, there is one main reason why people get headaches and/or migraines:
Qi is not flowing smoothly through your head
So what does this mean? Qi is a word to describe your life force energy. Similar to how our bodies have a circulation system for blood, we also have pathways in our bodies for the flow of energy. When energy is not flowing as it should, it may eventually show up as physical symptoms in the body.
In the case of headaches and migraines, Qi is not flowing smoothly through the head. If there’s too much Qi going up to the head and it’s getting “stuck”, this causes headaches or migraines with intense pounding, stabbing or throbbing pain. If not enough energy is flowing through the head, this causes headaches that tend to be chronic and more “mild” and achy in feel.
The key to relieving the pain is to get the Qi flowing smoothly through your head. In Chinese Medicine, the cure for headaches and migraines is based on figuring out what’s disrupting the flow of Qi and then balancing the whole body so that the Qi flows smoothly again.
1. Chinese Reflexology Point for Migraines (Temporal Area)
If you experience migraines or headache pain in the temporal area (sides of your head), this point is especially effective for moving the Qi to help you get relief. The Chinese Reflexology point for Migraines (temporal area of your head) is located on the inside of your big toe between the big toe and second toe.
To massage this point, use your thumb to press and rub side to side on this area. Start at the tip of your toe and work your way down. When you get to the base of the toe, pick up your thumb, place it back at the top of the toe and repeat. Massage for 60 seconds to help smooth the flow of Qi.
If you are experiencing headache or migraine pain on the left side of your head, rub the Chinese Reflexology point on your RIGHT foot and vice versa if it’s on the right side of your head. The reason why you rub the opposite foot is because the energy meridians cross over at the neck and thus, flow through the opposite sides of your head. If you’re feeling pain on both sides, rub the points on both of your feet.
One thing to note is that this point is very likely going to be extremely sensitive to rub if you have a headache or get headaches frequently. Sensitive points indicate areas where Qi is not flowing smoothly. The more sensitive a point feels, the greater the disruption to the flow of Qi.
You can also rub this point daily even when you don’t have pain. The consistent massage will help the Qi to flow more smoothly through your temporal area and thus, help to alleviate your symptoms over the long-term.
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