The Hand as a Homunculus - A Perspective from Hand Acupuncture Therapy

Du Hyun Ro, Hyun Sik Gong

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Homunculus is a term used to refer to any representation of a miniature human being. In scientific fields, the word homunculus has been used to refer to any scale model of the human body that represents physiological, psychological, or other human functions. The hand is thought as a homunculus of the body in Hand Acupuncture Therapy, a type of alternative medicine in Korea. Hand acupuncture therapists believe stimulating the hand can improve bodily health. Although there is a need for scientific evidence regarding this concept, those that perform hand acupuncture seem to recognize the importance of hand in our body.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-255
Number of pages5
JournalThe journal of hand surgery Asian-Pacific volume
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020



  • Acupuncture therapy
  • Hand
  • Homunculus

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