Chinese Medical Palmistry: Your Health in Your Hand

Chinese Medical Palmistry: Your Health in Your Hand

Zong Xiao-fan & Gary Liscum

This book is an introduction to Chinese medical diagnosis through inspecting the hands in general and the fingernails in particular. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that every part of the body is a hologram. This means that there is a map of the entire body on each part of the body and that changes in one area of the body can indicate disease processes in another area of the body. This book begins with a brief history of Chinese medical palmistry. This is followed two books. Book one discusses the basic anatomy of the hand and then the indications of various shapes of the hands, fingers, fingernails, palm, and mounds and lines on the palm. Book one ends with a discussion of chronology and the palm, i.e., when things did or will happen. Book two discusses one particular theory about diagnosis based on examining just the fingernails. Various qi and blood signs are explained and then these are correlated with the ten fingernails and their indications. Book two ends with a discussion of specific diseases and their manifestations in the fingernails. In addition, there are two appendices. Appendix one discusses how to make palm prints, while appendix two discusses the eight trigrams and Chinese palmistry. There is general index which makes this book even easier to use, especially for busy clinicians.


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A Brief History of Medical Palmistry
Who Can and How to Use Chinese Medical Palmistry
About This Book

Book One: Chinese Medical Palmistry
1. The Basic Anatomy of the Hand
2. Observation of Hand Shapes
3. Observation of the Fingers
4. Observation of the Fingernails
5. Observation of the Palm
6. Observation of the Mounds & Lines
7. Chronology & the Palms

Book Two: Chinese Fingernail Diagnosis
1. Introduction to Chinese Fingernail Diagnosis
2. The Magic Square of the Fingernails
3. Qi & Blood Signs
4. Basic Hand Techniques in Fingernail Diagnosis
5. The Ten Fingernails & Their Indications
6. Specific Diseases & Chinese Fingernail Diagnosis

Appendix I: Palm Prints

Appendix II: Eight Trigram Palmistry



AuthorZong Xiao-fan & Gary Liscum
PublisherBlue Poppy Press
Number Of Pages204
Book FormatSoftback


This book is an introductory guide to the practical application of Chinese medical palmistry. Visual examination by the unaided eye is one of the four basic methods of diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. The Su Wen (Simple Questions), one of the oldest and most authoritative classics of Chinese medicine, says that, "If something happens on the interior of the body, it must be reflected on the exterior of the body." Although visual examination within Chinese medicine usually focuses on examining the face, inspecting any areas of the body which are diseased and especially examining the tongue, in China in recent years there has been renewed interest in examining the hands, palms and fingernails.

One of the characteristics of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a belief that the part contains the whole. Although Chinese medicine is very old, in the West, this idea is considered very modern and is called holism, as in holistic health. This is also where we get the word hologram. In holography, one can shine a laser through a part of a holographic image and reproduce the entire image.

Similarly, Chinese doctors for millennia have believed that there are maps of the entire body on various parts of the body. These maps can be used to diagnose the corresponding body parts and in some cases, such as with hand and ear acupuncture, to even treat those corresponding parts. Technically, these maps are called homunculi or little men. For instance, Chinese doctors believe there are homunculi on the ear, face, eyes, nose, hands and feet. Some modern Chinese doctors have even found homunculi which can be used to both diagnose and treat the entire body on the metacarpal bone attached to the index finger and on the femur of the upper leg. This belief that there are maps of the entire body on various parts of the body can be called a type of bio-holography. Thus the idea that one might be able to diagnose patients in part by palmistry is not such a far-fetched one in TCM. In fact, shou zhen or hand diagnosis is one of the age-old accepted sub-divisions of visual diagnosis within TCM and is included in such modern TCM diagnostic manuals as Zhong Guo Yi Xue Zhen Fa Da Quan (A Great Collection of Chinese Medical Diagnostic Methods) published in 1991.

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