SELF-SHIATSU: LI-4 (Hegu) ‘Joining Valley’

This point is located between the base of your thumb and index finger (see diagram). This point is good for almost any kind of pain or issues around the head and face area, such as headache, migraines, sinus pain, toothache, bell’s palsy, sore throat, etc.


Since Hegu connects to our face, besides for pain relief, it is also a very good cosmetic and beauty point! Massaging it 30 to 50 times each day on both hands can help improve skin allergies, dark circles, and other facial skin problems.

Hegu Point is also a first-aid point for awakening the mind and brain. It can be pressed when dizziness, vertigo, syncope, or seizures occur and you need to wake up. So if there is an emergency, you can apply strong pressure on this point for your friend or family member while waiting for the EMT to show up.

Important note: This point is a very powerful energy moving point, therefore, it should be used carefully when used for pregnant women. It is always better to check with a licensed practitioner if you are pregnant before doing any kind of self-acupressure.


1. Place your thumb in the space between the base of your other thumb and index finger (see illustration).

2. Press down on this point for up to 5 minutes. Move your thumb in a circle while applying pressure. Be firm, but don’t press so hard that it hurts!

3. Repeat the process on your other hand.

You can do acupressure several times a day, or as often as need for your symptoms to go away.


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