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In China: Acupressure Prevents Headaches

As many as 80 million Chinese now use this ancient healing therapy to prevent headaches. According to a study Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Medical University, daily acupressure treatments (which feel like massages, but which target specific nerve clusters in the skin) outperform prescription muscle relaxants for folks struggling with chronic tension headaches.

“Acupressure prompts the release of powerful painkilling hormones called endorphins, plus it relaxes scalp muscles and soothes overactive pain nerves,” explains Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., co-author of "You: The Owner’s Manual."

Can't make it to the accupuncturist every day? Give yourself a five-minute, all-over foot and hand massage (using a firm kneading motion) -- then focus on massaging just your toes and the webbing between your fingers and thumbs (areas that contain key acupressure points for your head) for an additional three minutes.

(CREDIT: Patryce Bak/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
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