“Are there Chinese Reflexology charts for the hands?” Readers often ask me this question and it’s a good one, because hand points are useful when you can’t easily reach your feet or if it’s not convenient to be massaging your foot points. While I don’t have complete reflexology hand charts, I do have diagrams for my favourite hand reflexology points—the ones that I use on a regular basis. (You might clue in to that bad pun when you get to point #2.)
Here are images and descriptions for five reflexology hand points:
1) Chinese Reflexology Hand Point for the Lungs
If you’re getting over a cold or if you have a persistent cough, the Lung point on your hand is awesome. Massaging this point strengthens your Lung qi, which can boost your body’s defenses against colds so that you stop coughing and get over your cold more quickly.
- Location: On the top portion of the palm below the three middle fingers; on both hands
- How to massage: Press into the point with your thumb pad and massage in a circular motion. Make your way across and down the reflexology area. Massage for 30 to 60 seconds or as directed in the “persistent cough” article.
You can substitute this point for the Lung point on the sole of the foot if you are practicing the Chinese Reflexology routine clearing a persistent cough.
2) Hand Reflexology Points for Constipation
It’s no coincidence that the points for constipation are #2 in this handy list (bad pun intended). If you ever find yourself temporarily constipated—say due to gross bathroom conditions or tension and nervousness, then there are several Large Intestine points on your left hand that help the poo flow more smoothly.
You’ll find full instructions on how to locate and massage these points in this article: Social Anxiety Constipation: Can’t Poo? Here’s What to Do . . .
I’d highly recommend reading the article (it’s kind of humourous), but if you’re really busy, then at the very least, please pay attention to this:
- Only massage these points on the LEFT hand
- Always massage in ONE direction only as indicated by the arrows. Do not massage back and forth as you’ll be going against the direction that qi (and your poo) is supposed to flow. Think of it like massaging in a CLOCKWISE direction when you are looking at your left palm.
- For the anus, I don’t mean to be anal about it, but you really should read the article 🙂
3) Chinese Reflexology Hand Point for the Sinus
This point really should go hand in hand with the Lung point, but I simply couldn’t resist listing the points for constipation as #2. You can massage the hand reflexology point for the sinus in tandem with the Lung point to help unblock your sinuses and clear a stuffy nose.
- Location: On the tip of the thumb pad; on both hands
- How to massage: Use your other thumb to press on the thumb tip and massage the point using a side-to-side direction (e.g. from the left side of the thumb to the right, and back again). Massage for 30 seconds. The left thumb is for the sinuses in the RIGHT side of the head, and the right thumb is for the sinuses in the LEFT side. Nope, that’s not a typo!
You can substitute this point for the sinus point on the big toe if you are practicing the Chinese Reflexology routine clearing a persistent cough.
4) Hand Reflexology Point for the Shoulder
If your shoulders feel tight or if you have shoulder pain, this is a really useful reflexology point. In Chinese Medicine, pain is often due to blocked or stagnant qi and blood, so when you massage the shoulder point, it helps to promote the smooth flow of qi and blood through the shoulder area, which supports healing and can help alleviate pain.
- Location: A small rectangular area on the palm located just below the pinky finger; on both hands
- How to massage: Use your thumb to press on the point and massage in an up and down direction where up is towards the finger tip and down is towards your wrist. Massage for 30 to 60 seconds up to 3 times a day if you have a shoulder injury. The left hand is for the left shoulder and the right hand is for the right shoulder.
5) Large Intestine 4 (for Colds, Fever, Headaches, and Pain)
This point is actually an acupressure point, but because it’s so powerful and frequently used in acupuncture, I wouldn’t feel right not including this point in this article. In acupuncture, Large Intestine 4 is used to treat colds, fever, and all types of pain including headaches and menstrual cramps.
This is a very powerful point for improving the flow of qi and blood in the body, and acupuncturists can needle this point to stimulate labour when a woman is overdue in delivering her baby. Please note the warning below if you are pregnant:
WARNING: Do not massage this point if you are pregnant. This points powerfully moves qi and should not to be used when pregnant as it can induce labour.
- Location: On the top of the webbing of your hand between the thumb and index finger; on both hands
- How to massage: Press and hold this point with your opposite thumb for 60 seconds.
While this is just a sampling of the points on your hand, if you download my free Chinese Reflexology foot chart, you can compare the points on the soles to your hand for an approximate idea of where the hand reflexology points are located. The toes match up with the fingers and the soles with the palms.
I do have to say I am a big advocate for massaging the points on your feet. That’s because they’re much more powerful than the ones on your hands. The points on the feet are the master control points for harmonizing and strengthening the qi (life force energy) in your body’s energy meridians.
If you find it hard to reach your feet due to a lack of flexibility, gentle stretching every day can increase your range of motion. Practicing the butterfly stretch (described in this article on the Nature of Qi) can help you become more flexible so that you can massage your feet more easily.
And if you can’t reach your feet due to an injury, you could also partner up with a friend or family member to trade foot massages. It’s a fun way to learn reflexology and support each other. But if you’re unable to, then you now know some handy hand points. And as I always say: Some reflexology is better than no reflexology!
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