Palmistry or study of palm has always been a difficult subject to study and put into
practice. Many start the study enthusiastically and very, very few remain in this study
continuously. The study and diagnosis of the disease from the palm require a specific
skill which involves biological and psychological significance of the hand and knowledge
of physiology, anatomy and abnormalities developed in the body during the course of the
disease. A medical palmist has to relate all these aspects to the signs on the palm.
Celebrated palmists like W.G. Benham, Noel Jacquin and medical palmists like Dr.
Charlotte Wolff and Dr. Eugene Scheimane have done yeoman's service to the humanity, by
enriching the science of palmistry of their own experiences. Medical palmistry requires
constant interaction and discussion with medical practitioners and a special aptitude to
grasp minutely the intricacies of disease development.
The author started the study of palmistry under the able guidance of revered
Gurujji Late Sh. Pratap Singh Chauhan in 1972. After looking into the hands of the
author, Guruji initiated the author to come and study from his notes and get practical
experience from his day to day practice. The author has the luck of having some medical
practitioners as his relatives and friends.
The subject matter in this small on medical palmisty has been dealt in a
systematic manner starting from the shape of the hand and diseases pertaining to the
type of hand. Then comes the disease indications of the mounts, the shape of thumb,
nails and fingers. There is also a chapter on the study of dermatoglyphics, which is
very important in the consideration of psyche and hormonal imbalances in an individual.
Discussion on the nails is quite exhaustive. Finally there is a chapter on disease
indications from the lines and signs on the palm. Scattered information on diseases in
the literature on palmistry, which has appealed to the author during experience has been
appendid as an appendix in the end of book. The book has been supplemented with adequate
number of hand prints to facilitate the reader grasp the subject matter easily. It is
presumed that the reader is familiar with the basics of palmistry otherwise the volume
would have been out of proportion.
The Prof., M/s Ranjan Publications has been insisting and encouraging the author
for quite some time to bring out experiences before the public and fill the gap of this
specialized branch of palmistry, the medical palmistry. The author will feel amply
rewarded, if the work is accepted and appreciated for the purpose it is meant. In the
end the author appreciates M/s Ranjan Publications for having brought out the volume
nicely in print.
Human mind is the most complicated organ of human physical body and it can be compared
to antenna of television which receives signals and with aid of other components
converts them into sound and picture. Human mind is more than that, it is the computer
which has in store all the past and future information and gives us results by directing
different parts of the body according to our past deeds i.e. the Will of Almighty.
The Will of Almighty is the systematic phenomena of universe where by stored
information of the past in the subconscious mind gets impulse by the movement of planets
and stars through the zodiac and manifest in the form of events. The frame for events is
already cast on the hand as the shape of the hand and demarcation of major lines and
Our past karmas or deeds are the destiny of this birth and this destiny
generates thoughts in the mind which manifest largely through our physical body in the
form of our karmas of this birth. Along with this, Almighty has also provided
discriminating faculty to his finest creation, the human being, which is called Free
Will and which can be increased or decreased by following the righteous or wrongful ways
Various methods of delineating the future are prevalent all over the world. Some
adopt the astrological methods while others satisfy this zeal by the study of methods
while others satisfy this zeal by the study of markings on the human body and face. The
science of omens is also there to predict the trends of coming events and undoubtedly
all these have developed out of curiosity of man to know the future, an aspect of the
conscious mind that is more involved in the materialistic aspects of life.
All the other methods have evolved through the incomplete or conscious mind and
chances of error are always there, except the Nadi literature which got generated
through the intention or enlightening of the subconscious mind of great Maharishis or
divine people. Similarly the human hand is the most natural gift to humanity to
delineate the future and has direct link with the subconscious mind or the Almighty. The
perfection in delineation by studying the hand is then the matter of knowledge,
concentration, comparative study and final conclusions. It is the concentration of mind
and fixity of purpose which is the key to success not only in palmistry but in all the
fields of activity. The spiritual bent of mind and meditation do help the practitioner a
great deal in this respect.
Our subject of study here is the disease indications on the palm. As soon as the
disease makes its way into the body, the hands show abnormality and also indicate
susceptibility to certain illnesses. For example swelling of base joints of the fingers
alarms incoming arthritis while pain in the first phalange joints indicate mind form of
the disease, osteo-arthritis. A warm, moist and trembling hand is a good indication of
hyper-thyroidism while a rough, dry and cold hand indicates hypothyroidism. An
unevenness of mount pads indicates illness or susceptibility to illness. The colour of
the hand plays a significant role in this respect. The temperature of the hand can be
judged by the palmist by keeping the client's palm between his hands and a cold hand
under normal climatic conditions speaks of poor circulation of blood while a hot hand in
cold conditions tells vigorous circulation of blood. Bad signs on the palm e.g. cross,
island, grill, abnormal colour of the hand; black, blue and white spots, very deep or
shallow lines, abnormal nails and many other signs should be judged in this respect.
Gestures, postures and movements of the hand are indicative of inner turmoil and
are more valuable mirror of personality as these aspects are beyond the control of the
individual unlike the face which is not impartial as the human being has learned the art
of pretending the facial expressions according to circumstances and situations. For
example, a person hiding the thumb closed between fingers or closely held is with a
sense of insecurity, a widely separated thumb shows self confidence, a wide gap between
the index finger and Saturn finger indicates independence of thought, a wide gap between
the little finger and Apollo finger shows independence of action and widely separated
fingers in normal position of the hand indicate a nonconformist who is of no use to the
The science of dermatoglyphics is a recent advancement in the science of
palmistry. It is the study of ridge patterns on the palm which are formed during the
fourth month of foetus development. Any affliction by the disease to a pregnant woman
manifest in the form of abnormal ridge pattern on palm of foetus which later are called
congenital imbalances of hormones.
To predict some illness from one single sign on the hand is erroneous as that
single sign can be counter balanced by some other good sign. Therefore it is always
advantageous to confirm one bad or good sign on the hand with as many bad or good signs
as one can. A medical palmist always has to keep following factors in mind-
1. Gestures, postures and movements of the hand.
2. Temperature, texture and colour of skin.
3. Flexibility, moisture and consistency of the hand.
4. Shape and abnormality of the fingers and palm.
5. Shape and colour of the nails.
6. The ridge pattern on the palm and finger tips.
7. The development and colour of the mounts.
8. Finally the lines and other good and bad marking on the palm.
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