Don’t know what to do? Feeling anxious or bored? Well, instead of twiddling your thumbs, you can make use of your fingers in a different way. Six of the twelve main qi meridians either begin or end at the tips of the fingers. This makes them very useful for acupressure and self massage.
The lung meridian ends at the base of the thumb on the radial side. Massaging or pressing this point can help relieve sore throats.
The large intestine meridian begins at the base of the finger nail on the radial side. This acupoint relieves abdominal pain, toothache, eye and ear pain. If you have diarrhea, try massaging the index finger from the root to the tip. If you suffer from constipation, massage the finger from the tip to the root.
The pericardium meridian ends at the center of the tip of the index finger. Press here to relieve fatigue. Massage from the root of the finger to the tip of the finger to lower high blood pressure. If blood pressure is too low, massage from the tip of the finger to the root.
The triple heater meridian begins at the base of the nail on the ulnar side of the ring finger. Press here to relieve headaches. If you easily feel the cold, wrap your fingers around or massage the ring finger.
The meridians for the heart (radial side) and the small intestine (ulnar side) end and begin at the base of the little fingernail respectively. Heart 9 (Shaochong) is an important emergency heart attack acupoint. Instead of twiddling your thumbs, try holding your little finger and taking care of your heart!
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