The human body is connected by a number of internal meridians, and there are six meridians in the hands and fingers that are closely related to various organs and tissues of the body. For minor illnesses, which don’t yet require medical intervention, there are several methods used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to help treat symptoms. However, it is important to remind everyone that if the symptoms do not improve or become more serious, seek immediate treatment from a medical doctor.
Pressing or pinching your fingers can relieve minor illnesses
High blood pressure: pressing the left-hand ring finger
Pressing the third knuckle of the left-hand ring finger can effectively treat high blood pressure, effectively ease blood pressure, and thus protect the heart. Generally, hypertensive patients feel dizzy, which may be due to an increase in their blood pressure. At this point, pressing the third knuckle of the ring finger of the left hand can alleviate dizziness. If the dizziness is serious, you can press the palm of your hand to relieve the pressure on the heart since the palm corresponds to the heart.
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Diabetes prevention: pressing the left thumb
Pressing the second joint of the left thumb can stimulate the body to secrete more insulin to “digest” the sugar and help reduce the incidence of diabetes.
Prevention of eye diseases: pinching the little finger
When suffering from a headache or eye pain, pinch the little finger, which corresponds to the Xiaochang meridian. Often, by scratching the meridian, you can improve its blood flow. Pinching the outside of the base of the little finger can also effectively prevent eye diseases.
The root of the outside of the little finger has a point for treating the aging of the eye. Suitable for all ages, the elderly can reduce the phenomenon of dim eyesight by pressing this point. Young people can relieve eye fatigue by pinching or massaging this point. Children can massage this point to help prevent myopia.
Migraine, neck and shoulder pain: scraping the ring finger
When the Sanjiao Meridian (三焦经) functioning is not smooth, people will suffer pains, such as migraines, tinnitus, earaches, neck pain, shoulder, and back pain. The ring finger corresponds to the body’s Sanjiao Meridian, so people who experience frequent migraine, neck, and shoulder pain can massage the ring finger.
Motion sickness and insomnia: pinching the index finger
Pinching the outer part of the root of the index finger can effectively relieve the symptoms of insomnia. Regular compression can effectively relieve brain strain and stimulate the brain to secrete sleep hormones.
Many physical discomforts are related to excessive pericardial effusion, such as palpitations, motion sickness, poor breathing, and insomnia. The middle finger corresponds to the pericardium, so a person with motion sickness can massage or pinch the middle finger for a few minutes before getting on a bus or when there is motion sickness.
Backache, low back pain: clapping the back of your hand
Chinese medicine contains the theory of holographs. It is believed that the human hand and foot are partially covered with the reflections corresponding to the area of various organs in the body. For example, the back of the hand corresponds to the waist of the person, so people with a sore waist should often pat the back of the hand. The specific method is: the palm of one hand takes the back of the hand of the other hand and can be tapped alternately.
Constipation: massaging the index finger
Intestinal problems such as constipation and diarrhea are problems of the large intestine. The index finger corresponds to the large intestine and stomach organs. People with gastrointestinal problems should massage the index finger.
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.
Translated by Jean Chen