The Healing Power of Your Hands

healing power of your hands

Did you know that your hands hold an innate healing power that have been used for centuries?

Mudras are positions of the hands that are said to influence the energy of your physical, emotional and spiritual body.

Mudras have been used in the East for thousands of years and were practiced by many spiritual leaders including Buddha. Today, Mudras are still used in Yoga and meditation.

Sometimes we may subconsciously place our hands into Mudra positions without even knowing it and other times we can use them to help channel and stimulate healing.

There are hundreds of Mudras but here are some of the most common:

1.) Gyan Mudra (Mudra of Knowledge):mudra of knowledge

The tip of the index finger touches the tip of the thumb while the other fingers remain straight.

Benefits: Enhances knowledge, stimulates the pituitary and endocrine glands, increases memory, helps meditation, prevents insomnia, can boost mood and bring clarity.

Practice: Any time while sitting, standing or lying in bed.

2.) Prithvi Mudra (Mudra of Earth): mudra of earth

The tip of the ring finger touches the thumb while the other fingers remain straight out.

Benefits: reduces physical and spiritual weaknesses, can increase the life force, can help clear skin, promotes body functionality.

Practice: Any time.

3.) Varuna Mudra (Mudra of Water): mudra of water

The tip of the pinky finger touches the thumb while the other fingers remain straight up.

Benefits: helps to balance emotions and helps to retain water. Helps to relieve constipation and cramps. Can also help regulate menstrual cycles and hormonal conditions.

Practice: 15 minutes three times a day.

4.) Vayu Mudra (Mudra of Air): mudra of air

The thumb wraps over the index finger while the rest of the fingers remain straight.

Benefits: helps to calm an anxious mind, soothe a strained voice and can help decrease stress. Can also help reduce impatience and indecisiveness.

Practice: 10 to 15 minutes, 3 times per day.

5.) Shunya Mudra (Mudra of Emptiness): mudra of emptiness

The tip of the thumb presses the middle finger down while the rest of the fingers stand straight up.


Benefits: reduces dullness in the body and can also be highly effective for ear aches. Can help restore confidence and boost mental cognition.

Practice: 40-60 minutes daily or for an earache- 4 to 5 minutes.

6.) Surya Mudra (Mudra of the Sun): mudra of the sun

Bend the ring finger under the thumb while the rest of the fingers remain straight.

Benefits: helps stimulate the thyroid gland, helps to alleviate weight gain and reduces appetite, stimulates digestion, helps relieve anxiety and stress. Helps to guide you to your purpose.

Practice: 5 to 15 minutes, twice daily.

7.) Prana Mudra (Mudra of Life): mudra of life

The ring and pinky finger both bend to meet the thumb while the index and middle finger remain pointed straight up.

Benefits: improves the life force, helps to strengthen the mind, body and spirit, helps promote taking action, improves immunity and motivation. Helps enhance vision and reduces fatigue.

Practice: Any time.

8.) Apana Mudra (Mudra of Digestion): mudra of digestion

The middle and ring finger are bent under the thumb while the pinky and index finger stand straight up.

Benefits: helps to regulate the excretory system, helps detoxify and stimulates bowel movements. Helpful at relieving constipation and piles.

Practice: 45 minutes daily

9.) Apana Vayu Mudra (Mudra of the Heart): mudra of the heart

The index finger bends to touch the base of the thumb while the middle and ring finger bend to touch the tip of the thumb. The pinky finger remains stretched out.

Benefits: stimulates healing of the heart and helps physically protect the heart. Can also help reduce gas and heart burn.

Practice: 15 minutes, twice daily

10.) Linga Mudra (Mudra of Heat): mudra of heat

Interlock the fingers of both hands but keep the thumb of the left hand pointing up. Take the right thumb and wrap it around the thumb so it touches the index finger of the right hand.

Benefits: helps to stimulate heat in the body, helps reduce phlegm and congestion, good for strengthening the lungs, helps to invigorate and balance the body.

Practice: Any time but do not over practice.

Want to learn more Mudras? Read our article: 8 Mudras for Emotional Healing

About the author

Tanaaz

Creator of Forever Conscious and other things.

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  • Hi,
    I just loved this article, and it really helped to understand the case for one of my friend’s disease since childhood.Being a healer, this will really help to heal others !!
    Thank you for sharing….

    • Thank you for your feedback Lily! So glad it was able to help you! 🙂

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      How do you become a healer?

      • there are many ways to become a healer. we all have innate healing abilities. I do however, believe that one of the best ways to become a healer is to first work on healing yourself 🙂

  • Barbara

    Hello, I have always been interested in healing methods. Do you have to use both hands with these exercises as some people aren’t dextrous that way. If one would work as well, I would like to pass that info on.

    Thank you for this, I find it very interesting.

    • Hi Barbara! Yes, doing the exercise with two hands is stronger, however if you can only do it with one that is fine too! Hope this helps 🙂

  • Do you have to use both hands with these exercises as some people aren’t dextrous that way. ?????????

    • Hi Sneha,

      Doing it with two hands is better and more effective, but if you can only do it with one that’s fine too!

  • Edi

    Fairytales , if such things were real everyone will do this, this has to do with the mind, if you read that this thing makes that and that, you really believe that it makes you like that and there you are, you got what you want it, it has to do just with what you believe.

    • Yes, the mind is very powerful!

  • Judy

    I would love to have a chart of these mudras for my meditation space. Do you have any like this that you can share? Thanks!

    • Hi Judy, Unfortunately I don’t! Maybe on Google? You can always print out this article 🙂

  • Wow I did a couple of these as I read & really loved them. Who would have thought something that seems so easy can be so challenging? Apparently my fingers need to practice just staying straight! I think maybe a benefit under them all should be “coordination” LOL. Thanks for sharing these.

    • Glad you found them helpful Darla! I love doing the Gyan Mudra (#1) in the car when I am sitting in traffic! Its so relaxing 🙂

  • Nice ninja hand signs. Those sound like some really cool jutsu.

  • dw

    wow this is truly amazing. I have never heard of this before. I will be trying some of this myself.

    • enjoy! i find them very calming 🙂

  • This is such a cool article! I’ve never heard of Mudras before and i love all forms of holistic health. I’m doing the shunya mudra rt now in hopes it will help my earache. 🙂

    • Great Monica! Hope it helps 🙂

  • tarah

    well my father and mother are diabetic patients ,
    They have been trying this for a fortnight now , unfortunately they are unable to practice continuously as they complain about pain in finger muscles what shall we do about it?
    ,also they say that they have problem in straightening the fingers .

    • Hi Tarah, I am so glad your parents have been trying it out. It doesn’t matter so much if the fingers are not straight but if there is pain in the fingers this is most likely due to cramping or over stretching. Perhaps they would benefit from doing the Mudras for shorter periods of time but more frequently. There should not be any pain involved.

  • Rui

    Interesting….
    Since I was a boy, used to play with my fingers that way. Don’t know why !
    Just did it for fun.
    Later, with a girlfriend, we’ve played touching fingertips, only focused on the act itself.
    I remember the sensations till nowdays, lyke we were in other dimension.
    After reading your article, can you imagine how I’m feeling ??
    Thank you, very much. Now, some thoughts make sense to me…

    • I am glad it resonated with you Rui 🙂

  • Harini

    Hi, nice article, clear simple explanation. Good on you to spread the Indian ancient knowledge of Mudras. Good that you used the original Sanskrit (Indian) names along with english explanation. It is very happy to see many people like you are spreading the Indian ancient knowledge treasures of Mudras, hatha yoga, dhyanam (meditation), pranayama (breathing exercise), chakra healing, astrology, ayurveda (herbal /natural medicine), turmeric, thoppukaranam (super brain yoga) etc., yes you are right, these are all centuries old and are inbuilt in Indian Hindu culture. I like your logo Padmam (lotus) – an important symbol of indian spirituality (sanadhana dharma). Thank you.

    • Thank you Harini. I am actually have roots in India too and feel very connected to many of the esoteric and ancient wisdoms from there! 🙂

  • Harini

    Hi Tanaaz,
    Nice to know you have roots in India.
    Thanks to India for giving the wonderful vedas, Sanskrit, ayurveda, Siddha vaidhyam, yoga, Pranayama, meditation (dhyanam),thoppukaranam (super brain yoga), chakras (healing), Mudras (finger yoga), astrology, Palmistry, mantra chanting, slokas, Naada yoga, vaastu shastra, Turmeric, Neem, Ashwagandha, ghee, other medicinal spices and herbs to the world. They have been an integral part of Indian Hindu culture for thousands of years.

    • 🙂 Thank you Harini

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  • Very interesting! It’s awesome to raise awareness about the interrelation of our body parts for our wellbeing. Every part of the body has power that we can learn to channel.

    I am thinking about a few more ways to channel the healing power of the hands;
    – when imposing hands on someone area of pain in the body, mindfully.
    – Abhinaya, symbolic hand gestures in dance like Odissi…

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Beautifully put! Yes I think our body holds a lot of healing potential and power. And yes, it’s interesting that many cultures have used particular hand poses in dancing, meditation etc. I also think it’s fitting that people have also studied things like palmistry.

      • Yes Indeed! Such a wealth of knowledge for empowerment and simple wisdom so easy to access like our own hands, just by being open and receptive…

  • Acharné Sensationnel

    The weird thing is I cannot do a few of these, My fingers are either too short or as in #3 my ring finger just wont stay up. 🙁

    • Just practice what you can, it really is a lot about intention as well. Sometimes as well, it can just take time for the finger muscles to loosen up 🙂

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    Lovely site Tanaz. I am a designer and I love your choice of font and layout. Content is awesome too.

    • thank you very much! appreciate your kind words 🙂

  • az

    I had heard of mudras before. So glad I could learn about them. Thanks. http://thetheologiansoforion.com/

  • Silver Silvano

    Hi Madam, it’s great that you shared this valuable information. I have huge benefits from this Mudra therapy. I just wanted to share a bit more.Our body is made of Pancha Boothas or five elements and each finger governs one element. Thumb represents Fire, Index finger represents Air, Middle finger represents Space, Ring finger represents Earth and Little finger represents Water. Imbalance in these five elements causes unwanted diseases.
    Mudra Therapy allows us to enter slowly deep into the world of Mudras and its usage and its effects on acute as well as chronic ailments.Practising the Mudra helps to balance the five elements and maintain our body free of ailments. The Mudra activates the minor chakras in the body there by bringing positive changes in our body. I pray that your extensive work towards the goodness of humankind multiply many,many times bringing lots of people to realise deeply of our birthright freedom which is to enjoy perfect harmony as within and as without. With prayers & gratitude, Silver.

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  • This is super interesting! I heard the word Mudra in a Yoga class, and I was wondering what that meant. I am a big believer in the healing power of the body, and I will incorporate this in my healing practice.

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  • Great post , good to get aware of the power we all have in our hands 🙂
    Thank you

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    Your arms and hands are conduits for filtering your mind’s power. The hands themselves have no power.

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