There’s nothing quite like chronic, mind-numbing migraine to ruin your day, your night, or even your week. As one of an army of people who suffer from this hellish condition (there are 37 million in the United States alone), I’ve tried everything from preventative supplements to strong painkillers (both doctor-prescribed and over-the-counter), to relieve the aching in my head, all to no avail. Needless to say, I was skeptical when I first saw this small plastic gadget, Aculief ($29.99, Amazon), which promised to stop migraine pain — and quickly.
After a couple weeks of use, however, I am so grateful that this headache-busting little device came into my life.
The Aculief is a non-intrusive gadget that you can slide onto your hand to take care of your migraine as you get on with the rest of your day. “It’s has to be magic; it’s almost instant relief,” raved one happy Amazon buyer.
This doctor-approved, drug alternative is made from a durable material that’s designed to last forever and comes in a handy pack of two.
The premise behind Aculief’s success is the age-old Chinese healing practice of acupressure. Similar to acupuncture, this massage therapy technique uses pressure to restore and release life force energy (chi) that followers of traditional Chinese medicine believe flows through us all at specific acupressure points (or acupoints). The idea is to stimulate the body’s own energy, so that it can heal itself without the use of medication.
This pressure also promotes lowered muscle tension and better circulation and releases endorphins, which are said to be natural pain relievers.
Aculief targets a specific pressure point called the LI-4 (also known as the union valley, or He Gu), which is located at the thick part of the hand muscle between the thumb and index finger: a common acupoint for targeting headaches, migraines, tension, stress, and neck pain.
For migraine relief, firm pressure should be applied to the LI-4 for five minutes. While an acupressure therapist could do this for you, it can be hard to perform on yourself. That’s where the Aculief comes in.
Since most of us can’t afford to stay in bed with the curtains drawn when we feel a migraine coming on, this wearable acupressure tool definitely comes in handy.
“I love this thing!” one reviewer exclaimed. “I have always used this pressure point to help my headaches, but it is so much better when somebody else does it for you. Now I don’t have to find somebody; I have this magical device.”
Reported another: “This is a total game changer. In a few minutes, you can literally feel the headache start to ease.”
One size fits most hands, though it is not recommended for use by pregnant women. There’s also a 60-day money-back guarantee, so really, the only thing you have to lose? Is your nasty migraine.
Watch a video to see it in action below.
Where to buy: $29.99, Amazon
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