A Simple Japanese Hand Technique For Treating Different Conditions

April 5, 2022 • By Camila Thomas
The estimated reading time is 6 minutes
Hand Massage

One of the most widely known traditional philosophies is the ancient Japanese Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Jin Shin Jyutsu is an art of living and is based on our ability to harmonize and balance the life energy in our bodies at a mental, physical, and spiritual level. Although Jin Shin Jyutsu predates Moses and the Buddha, it was rediscovered in the 20th century by Master Jiro Murai, and since then, it’s been passed down from generation to generation.

According to this physio-philosophy, our bodies have different pathways through which energy flows. Blocking one or more of these energy pathways results in discomfort or pain. And tension is singled out as the primary cause of different body symptoms.

This tension can be relieved by stimulating certain spots on our fingers since each finger is connected to a different emotion, organ, symptom, and illness. So, by gently massaging the appropriate finger while breathing slowly and deeply, you can relieve tension and alleviate symptoms of both physical and psychological conditions in your body.

The effectiveness of Jin Shin Jyutsu has been backed by science. For example, one study examined the effect of training 20 nurses in the self-care methods of this ancient philosophy for one month.

The results indicated a considerable increase in gratitude, calmness, positive outlook, and motivation in participants. Whereas negative emotions, such as resentfulness and anger and stress, and depression, were considerably reduced. In addition, participants said that they had fewer headaches and muscle aches (1).

In what follows, we’ve presented what organs and conditions each finger is connected to:

The Thumb

Organs: Spleen and stomach

Physical Symptoms: Headaches and digestion problems

Mental States: Anxiety, depression, obsession, and hate

Helps With: Back of head discomfort, digestive and breathing problems, and physical fatigue

The Index Finger

Organs: Kidneys and bladder

Physical Symptoms: Toothache and back pain

Mental States: Mental confusion, frustration, perfectionism, timidity, criticism, and depression

Helps With: Discomfort felt in the upper arm, elbow, and wrist and digestive problems

The Middle Finger

Organs: Liver and Gallbladder

Physical Symptoms: Dry cough, eye strain (ocular fatigue), and mental fatigue

Mental States: Emotional, indecisive, irritable, angry, and unstable

Helps With: Discomfort in the forehead as well as eye and general fatigue

The Ring Finger

Organs: Large intestine and lungs

Physical Symptoms: Breathing problems

Mental States: Negativity and grief

Helps With: Ear discomfort and breathing issues

The Pinkie

Organs: Small intestine and heart

Physical Symptoms: Sore throat, nervousness

Mental States: Nervousness, insecurity, and confusion

Helps With: Bloating and calming of nerves

In addition, the tips of your fingers are also connected to different organs. Gently massaging the fingertips can help alleviate symptoms of several conditions, such as breathing issues, sore throat, fever, headaches, and earaches.

Here is what organ each fingertip is connected to:

The thumb – Diaphragm

The index finger and middle finger – Head

The ring finger – Ears

The pinkie – Solar plexus

The joints in your fingers are connected to your ears and eyes. Applying gentle pressure to the joints in your fingers can help with eye strain, eye pain, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Additionally, proponents of acupressure claim that massaging the joints in your fingers can aid with digestive problems, particularly for children.

The Lung Meridian Pressure Point

This pressure point is located at the edge of your palm. It starts from the tip of your thumb and ends right beneath the area where your wrist creates a crease. Applying gentle pressure to this area of your hand can help ease symptoms of the common cold, such as sneezing, sore throat, chills, and runny nose.

The Inner And Outer Gate Point

To find out where the inner gate point is, you’ll need to place three fingers above the crease of the wrist of your other hand. Proponents of acupressure recommend that you apply firm pressure to this point to relieve stomach pain or nausea and improve your digestive system.

If you place three fingers above the crease of your wrist on the top side of your other arm, you can find the outer gate point. It is located between two tendons. Proponents of acupressure claim that massaging this point can boost your immune system and increase your energy.

The Heart 7 Pressure Point

This pressure point is located in the crease of your wrist. Gently pressing the heart 7 pressure point can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, and depression as well as protect against heart palpitations and insomnia.

One study which examined how hand reflexology affected anxiety in patients with coronary angiography found that anxiety levels were considerably decreased after the intervention (2).

The Hand Valley Point

You can find the hand valley point between your thumb and index finger. Reflexologists believe that applying pressure to this point can help relieve toothaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, migraines, and lower stress levels.

The Small Intestine 3 (SI 3)

This pressure point can be found right below your pinkie finger at the outside part of your hand.

Reflexologists claim that applying firm pressure to this point can help alleviate neck pain, headaches, and earaches.

The Base Of Thumb Point

This pressure point is located right at the base of your thumb, on the wrist crease. Reflexologists say that applying gentle pressure to this point may help with breathing and respiratory issues. It’s also believed that massaging this pressure point can help regulate your emotions.


  • Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese physio-philosophy according to which our bodies contain different pathways through which energy flows. If an energy pathway is blocked, this can result in discomfort or pain.
  • According to Jin Shin Jyutsu, what causes various symptoms in our bodies is tension.
  • This tension can be reduced by applying gentle pressure to and massaging certain spots on our fingers and hands because each finger is connected to a different organ, emotion, and condition.
  • Your thumb is connected to your spleen and stomach, your index finger is connected to your kidneys and bladder, your middle finger is connected to your liver and gallbladder, your ring finger is connected to your large intestine and lungs, and your pinkie finger is connected to your small intestine and heart.
  • There are several pressure points on your fingertips, hands, and arms, such as the lung meridian pressure point, inner and outer gate point, heart 7 pressure point, hand valley point, small intestine 3, and base of thumb point. Applying pressure to and massaging each of these points can help ease symptoms of different conditions.

Camila Thomas

Camila Thomas enjoys writing about physical and mental health, nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle. Her main goal is to educate, inform, and inspire readers globally to think and act. She inspires them to act and educate them on nutrition and healthy living using real and scientifically-based facts that support her ideas.
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