Hand Painaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Hand Issues

What is Hand Pain?

Hand pain encompasses any discomfort or ache in the hand, a symptom that can arise from various causes. It may manifest as a sharp, dull, or throbbing sensation and can be acute or chronic. This pain can result from injuries, overuse, arthritis, nerve conditions, or circulatory problems.

The intensity and nature of hand pain can vary, affecting daily activities and quality of life. It's essential to understand the underlying cause of hand pain to determine the appropriate treatment and management strategy.

How does TCM view Hand Pain?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches hand pain as a symptom reflecting an imbalance or disharmony within the body's internal systems. TCM interprets hand pain through the principles of Qi (vital energy), blood circulation, and the balance of Yin and Yang. Hand pain might be seen as a manifestation of Qi Stagnation, Blood Stagnation, or the invasion of external pathogenic factors like Wind, Cold, or Dampness.

TCM practitioners assess the underlying patterns contributing to hand pain and tailor their treatment to restore balance, improve Qi flow, and address the root cause of the discomfort.

Acupoints for Hand Pain

In TCM, specific acupoints are recommended to alleviate hand pain by restoring the flow of Qi and Blood. One of the key acupoints is Baxie EX-UE-9, a group of eight points located proximal to the webs between the fingers. Stimulating these points can effectively clear heat, reduce swelling, and relax the sinews, providing relief from pain.

These acupoints are often targeted through acupuncture or acupressure, and their stimulation can be an effective component of a comprehensive treatment plan for hand pain. TCM treatments may also include herbal remedies, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle changes to enhance healing and prevent recurrence.

See more details below about Baxie EX-UE-9, an acupoint used to address hand pain.

  • By Meridian
  • Extra Points: Upper Extremities (EX-UE)
Baxie EX-UE-9

Baxie EX-UE-9

This is a group of 8 points in both hand, 4 points per each hand. Slightly proximal to the margins of the webs between the fingers, on the border of the red and white skin.