The Chinese have been studying hands for thousands of years. Originally a spiritual practice to understand the mysteries of existence, palmistry remains extremely popular among Chinese today to achieve self-knowledge and to enable them to make decisions about the future.

Chinese palmistry focuses on “the five elements” hand types, as well as the fingers, thenar elevations (palaces) and lines that make up the human hand. It also evaluates the meanings of skin texture and temperature, hand size and flexibility as well as small markings on the palm. Chinese Palmistry provides a basic introduction to this fascinating study.

Table of Contents

1. Hand Types and Hand Characteristics    
2. The Nine Palaces    
3. Fingers and Nails    
4. The Lines of the Hand  
5. Signs and Symbols on the Hand and Fingers   


A portion of the material presented in this book was first published in The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Palmistry (Sterling Publishing, 1999). Recommended for those who have a basic understanding of Western palmistry, it is can be considered a companion volume to Indian Palmistry; A Short Treatise.


Nathaniel Altman has been reading hands since 1969, and is recognized as one of the foremost hand analysis in the United States. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Sexual Palmistry and Palmistry: The Universal Guide.


Chinese Palmistry: A Short Treatise. Gaupo Publishing / Kindle Direct Publishing, July 2020. Trade paperback edition (6" x 9", 139 pages, including index): $7.95. ISBN 978-0-9979720-7-8. To order Chinese Palmistry, click here.

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