According to Ayurveda, diseases are caused due to an imbalance in the body, which in turn is caused by lack or excess of any of the five elements. Our fingers have the characteristics of these elements and each of these five elements serves a specific and important function within the body. The fingers are essentially electrical circuits.
The use of mudras adjusts the flow of energy – affecting the balance of air, fire, water, earth, ether – and facilitate healing. Mudras create a subtle connection with the instinctual patterns in the brain and influence the unconscious reflexes in these areas. The internal energy is, in turn, balanced and redirected, affecting change in the sensory organs, glands, veins and tendons. Atmanjali mudra represents the gesture of prayer. In India, gesture in Atmanjali mudra represents greeting or thanks. It shows respect for fellow human beings.