There are pressure points all over the body that, with a light tap of a needle, can relieve stress, promote sleep, boost digestion, ease headaches and toothaches, clear up a blocked nose and even take the edge off period pain.While the best way to seek advice and treatment is via a registered acupuncturist or healthcare provider, anyone can tap into these points when a headache hits or to de-stress after a busy day.Here are five key points used by acupuncture practitioners which can alleviate the severity of everyday ailments.Pressing or massaging these points for a few minutes may help to soothe symptoms so just apply a little pressure to help take the pressure off.LI4 (Large Intestine 4) for headaches and coldsLocated in the muscles of the webbing between the thumb and forefinger, LI4 is used by acupuncturists to treat a wide range of conditions such as pain, stress and even the common cold and flu. Considered in ancient times to be the master point for treating disorders of the face, LI4 is also frequently used for headaches, toothache and disorders of the eyes, nose and ears.SP8 (Spleen 8) for period painThis is a fantastic point for women. As it is traditionally known to regulate menstruation and resolve acute pain, SP8 is used by acupuncturists to treat period pain on all levels from mild to severe. Applying firm pressure to this point, which is located on the inside of the lower leg about one hand-breadth below where the shin bone finishes at the knee, can take the edge off.ST36 (Stomach 36) for tummy troubleConsidered to be one of the most vital acupuncture points in ancient times, ST36 remains an effective point for all things related to the abdomen. Multiple sources describe how ST36 has been found to promote bowel function, enhance the production of gastric acid and relieve nausea and vomiting. ST36 is located one finger-breadth on the outside of the shin bone just before it finishes at the knee.LIV3 (Liver 3) for stress and anxiousnessIn ancient times, anger was believed to be related to the liver organ and stimulating LIV3 was one way to help someone relax and de-stress. This point certainly seems to do the job. Today it is used by acupuncturists to treat stress-related bouts of anxiety and depression, as well as a range of other ailments such as headaches, insomnia and painful periods. LIV3 is located in the soft skin of the foot between the bones of the first and second toe.HT7 (Heart 7) for sleepThis point is for anyone in need of a good night’s rest or who is feeling highly strung. HT7 has been used for centuries to ‘calm the spirit’ and put worries to rest. Considered by the ancient Chinese to be the seat of the soul, the heart was believed to be the source of all of our joy but also all of our anxieties. This point, located on the inside wrist crease on the pinky side of the forearm, may help to balance out that nervous energy and provide a satisfying slumber.Images and a video demonstrating each point are available to download here.Chris Fehres is a teacher at Endeavour College of Natural Health and the founder of Fehresian Energetics boutique acupuncture studio.