Massage Your Fingers and Hands for Minor Illnesses

Young female Asian model wearing a fashionable and elegant sweater standing in front of a pink background rubbing her hand with a look of suffering on her face.

It is possible for you to massage your fingers and hands to improve minor symptoms of various illnesses. (Image: Aaron Amat via Dreamstime)

There are many meridians connected to the whole body. Six of them circulate in the hands and are closely connected with the viscera, tissues, and organs of the body. Thus, you don’t need to take medicine for minor illnesses when it is possible for you to massage your fingers and hands to improve their symptoms.

Here’s how to achieve the purpose of health care for minor symptoms by massaging, rubbing, and pinching the hands. However, if the symptoms do not improve or get worse, you should get medical treatment to avoid serious illness.

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Pressing the third knuckle of the left ring finger can provide some benefit for those suffering from high blood pressure, easing blood vessel pressure and thereby protecting the heart.

Generally, hypertensive patients feel dizzy, which may be due to increased blood pressure. At this time, pressing the third knuckle of the left ring finger can relieve dizziness. If you have serious dizziness, you can also press the palm of the hand, which corresponds to the heart. It can help relieve the pressure on the heart.

Migraine, neck, and shoulder pain

When the Triple Energizer meridian (also known as Triple Warmer or Sanjiao) does not run smoothly, people will experience pain such as migraines, tinnitus, earaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, and back pain. The ring finger corresponds to the body’s Triple Energizer meridian, so people who often suffer from the above pains can rub the ring finger.

Massage your fingers and hands to relieve minor illnesses.
People who often experience migraines can try rubbing their ring finger. (Image: Chakrapong Worathat via Dreamstime)

Motion sickness, insomnia

Pinching the outer part of the base of the index finger can effectively relieve the symptoms of insomnia. Regularly pressing it can effectively relieve brain fatigue and stimulate it to secrete sleep hormones normally.

Many physical discomforts are related to excessive pericardial effusion, such as heart palpitations, motion sickness, poor breathing, and insomnia. The middle finger corresponds to the Pericardium Meridian. Therefore, people with motion sickness can rub their middle finger a few minutes before getting in the car or when they have symptoms of motion sickness.

Prevent diabetes

Pressing the second joint of the left thumb can stimulate the body to secrete more insulin to “digest” sugars and reduce the incidence of diabetes.

Prevent eye diseases

When headaches and eye pains occur, the Small Intestine (SI) meridian may be disordered. The little finger corresponds to the SI meridian. Frequent rubbing of the little finger can improve the circulation of qi and blood in the SI meridian. Pinching the outside of the base of the little finger of both hands can also effectively prevent eye diseases.

There is an acupuncture point on the outer base of the little finger to treat the aging of the eyes called the old eye point. It is suitable for all ages. The elderly press this point to relieve presbyopia, the young people press this point to relieve eye fatigue, and children can use this point to prevent myopia. The old eye point is essential for daily eye health care.

Back pain

There is a “holographic” theory in traditional Chinese medicine. It is believed that a person’s hands and feet are covered with the reflection areas of various organs in the body. For example, the back of the hand corresponds to a person’s lower back, so people with back pain should pat the back of their hands often. The method is using the palm of one hand to pat the back of the other hand, and vice versa.

African American man holding his lower back in pain while sitting on a gray sofa.
Pat the back of your hands often to relieve back pain. (Image: Andrey Popov via Dreamstime)


Intestinal problems such as constipation and diarrhea are all problems with the Large Intestine (LI) meridian. The index finger corresponds to the LI meridian, the large intestine, and the stomach. People with gastrointestinal problems should rub their index finger.

Prevent breast lumps

Massaging the right thumb’s second joint regularly can prevent breast lumps. Frequent pressing on the base of the right thumb can effectively prevent breast-related diseases, which makes women keep healthy as they age.

Prevent bronchitis

The third knuckle of the ring finger corresponds to the trachea of the body. Frequent pressing can effectively prevent bronchial diseases and protect the health of the bronchi and lungs.

Translated by Patty Zhang and Edited by Helen

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