Acupressure And Some Other Helpful Methods That Could Work To Ease Severe Migraine Attack

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Deanna Rivera in Health & Wealth

Last updated: 10 March 2020, 12:16 GMT

Migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation that can last for hours to days, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes with your daily activities.

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A woman from Indiana suffered from a severe migraine attack for more than twelve hours, desperately searching for a solution and stumbled on a food bag clip that ease her pain.

In a recent Facebook post, Elizabeth Hayes explained how she manage to tackle a 12-hour migraine in just a few minutes. She’s running out of option and even her usual tricks are not working to cure the unbearable pain until she discovered the Aculief tool.

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Aculief tool is a wearable device that utilizes the body's natural endorphins to relieve headaches and tension. It works by applying pressure to the LI4 pressure point or the little bulge between your thumb and index fingers.

Since she’s unable to get hold of pain immediately, she couldn’t wait for the tool to arrive, and later on realized it was near identical to a food bag clip. When she placed it on her pressure point, she claimed that the pain reduced by merely 30 minutes.

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Her post went viral last year with an almost 600,000 likes, 300,000 shares and more than 150,000 comments.

She posted a picture of the clip on her hand and said:

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“This chip clip saved my life tonight. I had a migraine start almost twelve hours ago and about an hour ago it was at an unbearable limit. I had exhausted all of my drugs and tricks I usually use to ease my migraines to no avail. I googled fast relief for migraines and it pulled up something called Aculief.”

She continued: 

“I glanced at the counter and saw this chip clip and decided it would do about the same thing. Within one minute I had some relief, and within twenty my pain was reduced by half!! I decided to order the real thing off Amazon. Just wanted to share this with everyone, as I know many of you suffer from migraines also.”

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The method Elizabeth used is known as acupressure. It works quite similarly to Acupuncture, with the only difference being there are no needles used, instead pressure is applied with the help of fingers.

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Acupuncture is said to stimulate skin and muscle nerves, and it helps release the body's natural painkillers like endorphins and serotonin into your spinal cord's pain pathways as well as the brain so that it modifies the way pain signals are received.

Her post was then filled with comments from people who decided to give this simple method a try, while some shared their own helpful tips on dealing with the crippling affliction:

"The doctor told my husband the best thing for these headaches is magnesium vitamins around 400mg for a man and 320mg for a woman and it works,"

Advised by another:

“My great-grandmother was a reflexologist. This stuff works. I'm so glad you were blessed with some relief. PS when you're feeling better, I need the low down on your bath bombs. Hey, you might want to try a soothing bath bomb yourself. Love you!”

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Scents cans be helpful to make you relax, try to smell something soothing it can block the migraine attack. Samples are mint, lavender or coffee beans.

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Many people with migraines report sensitivity to light and sound. Make your bedroom dark and quiet, and you may be able to sleep.

Janine Good, MD, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore said:

“Not all headaches respond to sleep, but the chemicals released in your brain during sleep may help ease your pain. If you’re sensitive to sounds, blocking them out could help.”


Some experts have suggested sex are a good pain relief. Many women get relief of their migraine with sex because the natural 'feel-good' endorphins are released.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

Always remind yourself to stay hydrated, it can help your body restore the balance of water and electrolytes. Try adding a slice of lemon or lime to make your water taste better so you may drink more. And limit caffeine, which can be dehydrating in large amounts, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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