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The Vein of Love

According to tradition, the vena amoris, or "vein of love," runs directly from the heart to the fourth finger of the left hand. This belief has been cited in Western cultures as one reason why engagement and wedding rings are worn on that finger. The earliest known use of the phrase is found in A Treatise of Spousal or Matrimonial Contracts, published in 1686 by Henry Swinburne, who claims the concept derives from what ancient culture? More...
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A Link to the Heart—Where is the vena amor?

The belief (in 2012!) is that wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because of the vena amoris, the vein that carries blood from the fourth digit of the left hand straight to the heart.



How sweet. How about no.

The vena amoris does not exist. The vasculature in your hands is pretty much all the same, and there isn't one vein in your hands linked directly to the heart. The belief originated in ancient Egyptian times and influenced the modern wedding ring custom in the Western part of the world.

There is no single direct vein. The path that blood takes when it returns to the heart is variable, since there is a network of veins in the extremities.

https://www.visiblebody.com/blog/anatomy-and-physiology-5-medical-myths-demythified
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