5 points to clear brain fog

Fog Head :)Better focus using acupressure points

Brain fog, fuzzy mind, tired in the head – all of these symptoms can be relieved with acupressure. Chinese medicine offers us many acupoints that “clear the mind.”

5 Acupoints to Clear the Mind

1. Du (Governing Vessel) 20
2. Four Extra points Si Chen Cong
These five acupressure points are easy to use and offer immediate relief from brain fog. First, I will show you how to locate them, and then I will explain how to use Meridian Massage to get the best results.

How to locate Du 20

Du 20 is on the center line of the head, even with the tips of the ears. Refer to the images below:

Reference lines to locate Du 20

Step 1 – feel these reference lines on the head.

Now that you have the reference lines figured out, locate Du 20:
Du 20

Si Shen Cong

Si Shen Cong is actually a set of four points surrounding Du 20. (Extra points are not located on meridians.) Si Shen Cong means “Four-Alert Spirit.” (A Manual of Acupuncture, Deadman et. al.)
Each point is 1 cun (an inch) from the sides, front and back of Du 20. Refer to the image below:

Si-Shen-CongMassage to clear brain fog

Apply gentle, yet firm pressure, to each of these points. I like to add tiny circular movements by keeping my contact steady while making little “micro circles.” Explore each point, breathe, explore and allow the energy (Qi) to flow.
If you are massaging these points on another person, add in a little foot massage at the end to balance the flow of Qi from head to foot.

Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Cecilia on May 19, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Thank you Cindy. Just what what I was looking for. Great and well delivery info on brain fog

    • Cindy Black on May 22, 2018 at 8:42 am

      You are welcome 🙂

  2. Nosheen on January 8, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Hello Cindy,
    please tell me what time should i do this massage and how long daily?
    thank you.

    • Cindy Black on January 9, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Nosheen,
      There is no specific time of day or night. Experiment, notice your experience and make adjustments based on your experience.

  3. Pillai on January 8, 2018 at 8:49 am

    I have brain fog .what to do

    • Cindy Black on January 8, 2018 at 8:54 am

      Hi Pillai,
      I would try these points and consult with a local Meridian Massage Practitioner and/or Acupuncturist.

  4. Meeta on January 8, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Dear Cindy love your posts. These points are used in Ayurvedic massage as well. I always have pain in this area. Any reason for that?

    • Cindy Black on January 8, 2018 at 8:54 am

      Hi Meeta,
      That is an interesting connection with Ayurvedic massage, thanks!
      Points have many uses. There is almost always a local action, for instance moving Qi in that area, which helps to relieve pain. Points also have a wider, systemic action, in this case, helping to clear the mind.

      • Hiten on July 31, 2019 at 1:26 pm

        Hi cindy
        Thank you for this wonderful post. Tried these points. Initially lot of burping happened and cleared the brain fog but it returns next day and these points yields lesser results. Will these points work on anxiety as well.
        Pls reply.
        Thank you

        • Cindy Black on July 31, 2019 at 2:03 pm

          I’m happy to hear that you are getting some relief with these points – keep practicing and let your experience continue to teach you.

          For anxiety – here are two point ideas – use the links to read more and learn the locations:
          1. Pericardium 6
          2. Yin Tang

          Wishing you all the best,

  5. Renee winchester on October 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Mahalo will use this daily

  6. Josephine on October 9, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for sharing. I would try this with my sister who suffers from brain fog.

  7. ana on October 9, 2017 at 2:27 am

    gracias, muy interesante

  8. Rajeswari on October 7, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Can this point help us as preventive paralysis? Thanks Cindy for your great help

    • Cindy Black on October 10, 2017 at 8:14 am

      I am not aware of using these points to prevent paralysis.

  9. Bor J Wu on October 5, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Cindy: You are awesome!!! thanks.

  10. JILLY on October 5, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you! I did it on my husband, an exhausted school teacher and myself, currently suffering from a concussion and whiplash injury.

    • Cindy Black on October 6, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Yay! These are the perfect points – and add in a little foot massage for even better results. 🙂

  11. Jill on October 5, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Many thanks once again Cindy…really helpful during study!!

  12. Caryl Shaul on October 5, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks, Cindy, for more of your great info!

  13. Adeha on October 5, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Very helpful to know, Cindy, and also easy to remember!
    Thank you!

  14. Susan Miller on October 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing! This will help me so much – it has already made a difference!

    • Cindy Black on October 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Yay – I’m glad the points are helping!

  15. Flutter on October 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Do you keep contact with Du 20 centerpoint while micro-massaging the other points?

    • Cindy Black on October 5, 2017 at 10:21 am

      You can try that – I usually work one or two points at a time. Experiment, notice the results and make adjustments according to the person you are working with. The guideline to follow is to make contact, sink in, little movements, notice the response from your client and then adjust as needed in the moment.
      The more you practice, the clearer it all gets.

  16. Joanne on October 5, 2017 at 7:57 am

    This is very interesting. I will use this on my husband who has dementia.
    Will use on myself as well. Thank you

    • Cindy Black on October 5, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Wonderful – please let us know how it goes!

    • Mahendra Singh Bisht on December 21, 2017 at 6:00 am

      How to avoid unwanted thoughts from mind by accupressure points.

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