Some time ago I've been told that push-ups on your fingers (instead on fists) can affect eye-sight. The explanation was not clear (something about a lot of nerves in fingertips and pressure on them).

According to some teachers of Chinese systems, the fingertips should not be trained at all, as in Chinese medicine over-stimulation of the fingertips can affect one's eyesight.

Blade forum - thread about doing push-ups on fingertips

Doing push-ups on tips of fingers stresses and damages meridian pathways (this is oriental medicine) and may damage health and generally speaking,eyes.

Martial Talk - thread about finger push-ups

Is it at least partly true ?

  • 2
    Why the martial arts tag?
    – nico
    Mar 10, 2012 at 15:25
  • @nico, the claim is common in martial arts, where people do a lot of push ups and are exposed to chinese medicine. In fact, both links above are from martial arts forums.
    – Sklivvz
    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:27
  • According to this, I should've seen way more monks wearing glasses. Then again, glasses are for the weak. ;) Sep 26, 2012 at 7:41
  • @Sklivvz The question is unrelated to martial arts though. Unrelated to Sklivvz; the question contains references to forum, forum posts have bigger chance to disappear, if the forum die, or someone delete the post or anything. Links are more in risk zone for link rot.
    – Wertilq
    May 8, 2013 at 13:45
  • The exercise does seem to fit better than martial-arts since I've heard that over-straining in general (i.e. not just finger pushups) can also cause problems with eyesight.
    – rjzii
    May 8, 2013 at 14:03


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