You are out in the middle of nowhere (far away from your medicine cabinet), and your head begins to throb. Here’s some headache relief that you always have with you.

The following acupoints help relieve a tension headache or migraine.

Location: Underneath the base of your skull to either side of your spine, about three to four inches apart, depending on the size of your head.

What to do: Using your fingers, thumbs or knuckles, press the points under the base of your skull. At the same time, slowly tilt your head back so that the angle of your head relaxes your neck muscles. Press forward (toward your throat), upward (underneath the base of your skull) and slightly inward, angling the pressure toward the center of your brain. Continue to apply pressure for two minutes, breathing slowly and deeply.

Also good for: Neck pain, insomnia, high blood pressure.

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