The Digitopuncture: Alternative Therapy, Origin, Indications and Points

What is it?

It is a therapeutic procedure that combines the principles of massage and acupuncture without the use of needles. The massage is performed on the skin with the tip (pulp) of the thumb and / or the middle fingers with small movements and pressure in certain areas of the body where there are circular acupuncture points.

What is the origin of the acupressure technique?

It is believed that acupuncture (Bhedan Karma, as it is known by the Indians) and acupressure (Marma Chiktsa) are born with the appearance of the wise Ayurvedic medicine (considered the oldest medicine of all), in ancient India. Such precious knowledge was translated from Sanskrit (ancient Indo-Aryan language) into other languages ​​and later taken to Egypt, China, Japan, Persia and other regions of the East.

The Chinese have made an enormous contribution to the development of acupuncture, once it came to be practiced freely in China, since at one time Ayurvedic medicine was banned in India by orders of the invaders.

With the political independence of India, Indian Ayurvedic medicine is practiced again in their home country. And in other countries such as Japan, acupressure generalized.

What are the indications?

The digitopuntua is recommended for various treatments for both chronic diseases and those that are newly diagnosed, always seeking harmony between body and mind. These are some of the dysfunctions that can be exploited under this method:

Anxiety (soothing action), allergy, arthritis, osteoarthritis, asthma, depression, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), dysentery (intestinal infection), dyspepsia (indigestion), general pain, abdominal pain, joint and back pain, nausea, migraine , epilepsy, spermatorrhoea (sperm output involuntarily without orgasm), stress, impotence, insomnia, leucorrhoea (white flow of the vagina), poor circulation, neurasthenia, facial paralysis, tension, coughing and vomiting.

Some of the persistent painful symptoms may be indicative of a serious illness, which requires a rigorous clinical evaluation, so that it can be adequately addressed.

Is acupressure recognized by the medical profession?

Yes. Its importance is recognized by traditional medicine: Indian, Chinese and Japanese. Since 1995 in some Latin American countries allopathic medicine now recognizes acupuncture as an effective therapeutic method.

Can this technique also be used to prevent diseases?

Through the proper and regular practice of acupressure can improve and promote self-healing ability of the body’s immunity; stimulating blood circulation, increases vitality, combats stress, among other diseases.

How is acupressure?

The location of the points requires knowledge of the anatomy and guidance of a qualified and experienced therapist. There is no need to use oil or cream. For the stimulus it is easier to reach the deeper tissues, you can make a circular on the ground before pressing and thus prevent it from moving. The circle formed during the pressure massage is a unit. In each treatment, approximately 80 to 120 units are indicated per point, with a duration of 2 to 3 minutes.

Points of the Digitopuncture


Let’s see just some important points:

(1) Large intestine, Hegu. In pregnant women can not stimulate this point. Indications: headache, pain and inflammation of the eyes, toothache, sore throat and swelling, deafness, febrile diseases without sweating, abdominal pain, constipation and amenorrhea (absence of menstruation). Location: on the back of the hand between the thumb and forefinger, more precisely, the space between the first and second metacarpals; to the outer half of the second metacarpal.

(2) Stomach, Zusanli. Indications: stomach pain, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, back pain, pain in the legs, mental disorders, fatigue, for baby colic (massage and gentle pressure) as well as improving the quality of life. Location: three thumbs and one finger below the knee joint (the middle wide finger) away from the crest of the tibia bone.

(3) Pericardium, Neiguan. Indications: nausea, palpitations, vomiting, stomach pain, psychological disorders, febrile illnesses and pain in the elbow and arm. Location: fold of the transverse wrist, between the tendons of the long palmar muscle and the radial flexor of the arm.

Are there precautions to practice it?

Here are some recommendations to keep in mind before starting the treatment with acupressure:

– The points located in the abdomen are contraindicated for pregnant women.

– Do not apply with intense force in debilitated patients, the elderly and children.

– It is not recommended to apply it to hungry people, tired and in a drunken state, to avoid fainting.

– It is also contraindicated in the following regions: anterior face of the neck, armpits, sides of the chest, around the breasts, the medial or inner side of the thighs, in lesions and ulcers.

– In patients with high fever; and abdominal pain, it may worsen with acupressure.