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8 Pressure Points for Fast Relief

A hangover courtesy of too many tequila shots. Sinus pressure that feels like a semi just ran over your face. Monthly cramps that come like clockwork. Let's face it: aches and pains are inevitable. But there's an alternative to popping a few pills. Applying pressure to certain points on your body can often go a long way toward alleviating pain. Read on for eight fixes for some common complaints.
woman sleeping on the floor after a party A Humbling Hangover

When that fabulous girls' night out results in a horrible hangover, try pressing on the P6 acupressure point, says Dr. Mark Moyad, FITNESS advisory board member and Jenkins/Pokempner Director of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center. The point can be found three fingers down from the crease of the wrist on the palm side, and it is right in the middle between the tendons. "Applying pressure with the thumb from the other hand for several minutes and switching to the other side for several minutes, two to three times a day, can reduce nausea and that hangover feeling," he says.