Did you know that there are several meridians in your fingers, which are closely related to the tissues and organs of the whole body? If you scrape your fingers regularly, it can help you stay away from many health challenges and improve your health, and the method is very simple! Let’s dive into it.

1. Scraping your thumb can help relieve heart palpitation, chest tightness, and indigestion


The thumb corresponds to the lung meridian in the body, and the lung governs the energy or Chi intake into the body. If the lung function is impaired, it can affect the heart function due to low oxygen levels in the blood. The energy deficiency in the lung meridian is also linked to the weakness of the spleen and stomach meridians. Therefore, your thumb corresponds to the heart, lungs, and stomach. When you experience heart palpitation and chest tightness, you can scrape the dorsal side of your thumb with your fingers or a scraping board. You can use the scraping board to scrape your thumb regularly to boost the energy flow in the lung, heart, spleen, and stomach meridians. If you don’t have a scraping board at home, you can use a spoon or a coin instead. When scraping, you can apply a little bit of essential oils such as lavender to relieve the discomfort.

2. Scraping the index finger can help regulate constipation and diarrhea

The index finger corresponds to the large intestine meridian in the body, which is associated with the large intestine and stomach. Gastrointestinal dysfunction can lead to constipation or diarrhea. Seniors are prone to weak gut health, so scraping the dorsal side of the index finger can help improve gut health. For the maintenance of your digestive health, it is a good idea to scrape your index finger at least once a week.

Other areas in your hands can also enhance your digestion and gut health.

3. Scraping the middle finger can improve insomnia and strengthen the heart


The middle finger corresponds to the pericardium meridian in the body. Insomnia and motion sickness are common health challenges of energy deficiency in the pericardial meridian. The pericardium meridian protects your heart health, when you scrape the dorsal side of your middle finger regularly, it can boost your heart health and prevent heart disease.

4. Scraping the ring finger can help relieve migraine, shoulder, and neck pain

The ring finger corresponds to the Triple energizer meridian in the body. If the energy is deficient in this meridian, the Chi or energy and blood flow will be affected, and migraine, shoulder, and neck pain can easily occur. If you stimulate the triple energizer meridian by scraping the dorsal side of your ring finger regularly, your migraine will go away and your neck and shoulders will feel much better.

Here are some unique hand exercises to boost your health from the ancient wisdom of TCM.

5. Scraping the little finger can help boost your immune system


The little finger corresponds to the small intestine meridian of the human body. If the small intestine meridian is weak, it can affect the absorption of nutrients, weak gut health, and low immunity. Therefore, the strong energy flow in the small intestine meridian can help absorb nutrients, improve immunity, and increase your energy levels. You can boost your gut health and immunity by scraping your small finger’s dorsal side regularly.

For the best results, you can scrape the four sides of your fingers for particular health challenges. Massaging your fingers can also bring you numerous health benefits. Let’s look into it.

6. Rubbing the little finger of the left hand helps reduce high blood pressure

Nowadays, many people suffer from high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure often have symptoms such as headaches, heart palpitations, and dizziness. If you rub the root of the little finger of your left hand regularly, it can help reduce high blood pressure.

Certain hand gestures can help improve your health significantly.

7. Rubbing the left little finger joints helps prevent heart disease


Heart disease is related to the circulatory system, which can affect your energy levels. When heart disease occurs, dyspnea, heart palpitations, chest pain, and edema can occur. People with heart disease can rub the joints of the little finger of the left hand regularly to relieve these symptoms.

8. Rubbing the thumb of the left hand helps prevent liver disease


Liver disease mainly refers to the lesions that occur on the liver, including hepatitis B, hepatitis A, hepatitis C, liver cirrhosis, fatty liver, liver cancer, alcoholic liver, and other liver diseases. Prevention is the key. The liver is the largest and most important digestive organ in our body, and it is also an essential organ for detoxification and organizing many important body functions. How to improve your liver function with your fingers? You can massage the two joints of the left thumb to prevent liver disease and improve your liver function.

9. Rubbing the ring fingers of both hands helps relieve tinnitus


Tinnitus is a result of different pathological changes of many diseases that affect the auditory system. The etiology is relatively complicated. Most people have tinnitus symptoms because they are too stressed or due to complications of other health challenges. When this happens, we can rub the three joints of the ring fingers of both hands to effectively relieve it.

10. Rubbing the left thumb helps manage diabetes


Diabetes is mainly a metabolic disease characterized by hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia. Diabetes can damage the eyes, kidneys, heart, blood vessels, nerves, etc. You can rub the two joints on the left thumb regularly, which can help control blood sugar and relieve the complications of diabetes.

11. Rubbing the middle finger of the right hand relieves eye fatigue


Eye fatigue is the most common challenge to many of us these days due to the screening time with digital devices. Eye fatigue can lead to dry eyes, blurred vision, and even vision loss, which directly affects our daily life. You can press and rub the three joints of the right middle finger regularly to effectively relieve various symptoms of eye fatigue, and the result is pretty good.

Did you know that your feet can also help improve your vision?

12. Rubbing the index fingers of both hands helps regulate menstruation for women

Menstrual cramps are one of the most common gynecological symptoms for women, which affects the quality of life of females. Menstrual cramps are often accompanied by nausea, cold sweats, fatigue, and other symptoms. You can effectively alleviate these symptoms by pinching the three joints of the index fingers of both hands. It is best to start before the onset of menstruation.

13. Pressing/rubbing Shao Shang acupoint alleviates pneumonia


Shao Shang acupoint lies on the inner side of the thumb proximal to the medial border of the nail where it meets the base of the nail. Many causes can trigger pneumonia, mainly due to infections of various bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc. The onset of pneumonia can be irritating and the typical symptoms of pneumonia are high fever, cough, sputum, chest pain, dyspnea, etc. Shao Shang acupoint is the last acupuncture point of the lung meridian. The energy of the lung meridian enters the beginning of the large intestine meridian, this spot on the thumb can help alleviate pneumonia and other health challenges. You can also use a cotton swab to press this acupoint on both hands, but you have to be gentle and don’t hurt your fingers.

14. Pressing and rubbing the Shang Yang acupoint on the index finger helps relieve numbness in the hands and feet


Shang Yang acupoint is on the radial end of the distal phalanx of the index finger, 0.1 cun distance from the corner of the nail. This acupoint is in the large intestine meridian, which can relieve the numbness in the hands and feet especially for seniors.

15. Pressing and rubbing the Guan Chong acupoint on the ring finger helps relieve conjunctivitis


This acupoint is on the ulnar side of the distal phalanx of the ring finger, 0.1cun distance from the nail. The primary function of this point is to expel heat and improve blood circulation, which can effectively relieve conjunctivitis and its complications.

I hope you enjoy the information. If you would like to learn more about the amazing healing power of acupoints from the ancient wisdom of TCM, you could check out my book “88 Most Important First-Aid Acupoints for Self-care from TCM”. This book includes 88 most important acupoints (acupressure points) from the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine for self-care. It is designed in a beautiful and colorful card fashion, which is very visual and user-friendly to the readers. According to TCM, all illnesses are energetic blockages in the body, acupoints can be viewed as the energetic gates that can amplify the energy flow in certain areas of the body. By stimulating specific acupoints; one can remove those energetic blockages and enhance the energy flow in these areas, thus illnesses will be resolved. This book covers the most common health challenges, such as cold, fever, cough, sore throat, headache, indigestion, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, insomnia, night sweat, computer syndromes, shoulder pain, back pain, etc. It can also be used to effectively manage chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, chronic pains, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and weight management; and it can also be used for anti-aging purposes and enhancing longevity.

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About the author: Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, Registered Dietitian, TCM Practitioner, Energy Healer, Master Hypnotist, Reiki Master, Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner, Author and Speaker, Lucy Liu, the founder of optimalhealthsolutions.ca, has gained a good reputation in holistic health after many years of serving patients and clients as a holistic health practitioner. Lucy has developed a unique and comprehensive approach, which combines Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, and Alternative Medicine together, to help others achieve optimal health by creating harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, and maintain long-term success for healthy lifestyle changes.
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