Literally translated, dim mak (Mandarin: dian xue) means “touching the body’s caves,” so a dim mak practitioner uses strikes to create indentations (caves) on his opponent’s body to stop or disrupt his chi (qi; “life energy”). These attacks can injure, poison or kill an individual.
There are 365 traditional acupuncture points on the body. Of the 365, 108 of the pressure points are for striking to cause injury or paralysis, and 36 of the 108 are death points. Points often used to alleviate pain or cure illnesses can create the pain or sickness when struck. Dim-mak (aka death touch) techniques numb limbs or organ systems, thus slowing down or stopping certain bodily functions, which can result in death. If a person claims to know dim mak, have him touch a rat to show its validity.
– March 21, 2011