Swollen Handsaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Hand Issues

Did you mean? Oedema Of Hands

What is Swollen Hands?

Swollen hands refer to an increase in size or puffiness in the hands, a condition often known as hand edema. This swelling can occur due to various factors, including fluid retention, inflammation, or underlying health conditions.

Symptoms can range from slight enlargement to significant swelling that may also affect the fingers. Swollen hands can be accompanied by other symptoms such as pain, stiffness, or a sensation of tightness. The swelling can be temporary, fluctuating throughout the day, or more persistent, depending on the underlying cause.

How does TCM view Swollen Hands?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), swollen hands are viewed through the lens of holistic balance and energy flow within the body. TCM interprets this symptom as a sign of disharmony or imbalance in the body's Qi (vital energy) and blood circulation. The swelling is often attributed to factors such as Qi Stagnation, Dampness accumulation, or a Deficiency in vital substances like Blood and Yin.

TCM practitioners assess the underlying patterns contributing to hand swelling, which can vary from individual to individual. The treatment in TCM is aimed at restoring balance and harmony within the body, addressing both the symptom and its root cause.

Acupoints for Swollen Hands

TCM suggests specific acupoints for managing swollen hands, focusing on restoring the balance of Qi and removing any blockages. One effective acupoint is Yemen TB-2, located near the margin of the web between the ring and small fingers. Stimulating this point can expel Exterior Wind and clear heat in the head, which is beneficial for reducing swelling.

Another important set of points is Baxie EX-UE-9, a group of eight points located slightly proximal to the webs between the fingers. These points are known for their ability to clear heat, reduce swelling, and relax the sinews, making them particularly effective for treating swollen hands. Acupuncture or acupressure at these points, often in conjunction with herbal treatments and lifestyle adjustments, can provide relief from swelling and promote overall well-being.

Explore below some acupoints used to address swollen hands, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Triple Burner Channel
  • Extra Points: Upper Extremities (EX-UE)
Yemen TB-2

Yemen TB-2

Proximal to the margin of the web between the ring and small fingers.

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.