Acupressure Help for a Hangover

headaches migrainesThe abundance of food and/or alcohol during festivities can leave one feeling a little less than celebratory. However, there is hope..

..as self massage of several acupuncture points can be used to relieve headaches, nausea, bloating and indigestion; usually within 10 minutes.

The point location descriptions below may not be absolutely clear if you aren’t familiar with anatomical terms. But the diagrams below should help. All of the following points have an active area of at least a few millimeters so they can be found with minimal searching and confirmed by the presence of a tender sensation when pressure is applied: When pressing these points it is customary to use the thumb, index or ring finger, and to apply fairly firm pressure to the point for a minimum of 3 minutes so that the tender sensation is felt through this time.

Bladder 2 acupressure pointBladder 2. Located on the medial extremity of the eyebrow; in the supra-orbital notch. This point has an almost immediate effect for the relief of headaches. Use both points with an index finger on each.



Acupressure for hangover. Located between the first and second metacarpals, in the high point of the muscle; at the midpoint of the second metacarpal. This point is one of the most commonly used by acupuncturists in the treatment of headaches and facial conditions: It has a relaxing effect and is especially useful in cases of frontal headaches.

Stomach 36 acupointStomach 36. Located approximately one finger breadth lateral to the lower border of the tibial tuberosity in the superior portion of tibialis anterior. This is a very useful point for nausea, bloating and stomach ache.


pericardium 6 acupressure point

Located one sixth of the distance from the anterior wrist crease to the cubital crease between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis. This point is frequently used to treat nausea and stomach pain.


Ren 12 acupressure pointLocated half way between the umbilicus and the bottom of the sternum. Use this point to ease stomach pain and indigestion.




Here’s a video to help you find the points:

If you feel you need a little extra help contact us at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. We offer acupuncture, herbal medicine, remedial massage & more.



Written by:

Dr. Daniel Gibbs Acupuncture and Remedial Massage Therapist

Dr. Daniel Gibbs

Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Massage

Dr. Daniel Gibbs has been practicing Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Massage since 2005. He has experience in treating a wide range of conditions and has specialised in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, working both as a independent therapist and adjunctively alongside physiotherapists.

Daniel is a very relaxed person with excellent skills, so is able to help you on many levels.  He is also a veteran skateboarder & an enthusiastic snowboarder.


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