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Purple color under all the Nails


Have a client with dark color under the nails. Will appreciate any information on how to treat him.


You would need to identify the root cause of the discoloration. The most common cause in TMC would be due to liver blood stagnation. Also start by ruling out lifestyle factors like working with dyes or wearing tight gloves for long periods of time etc. What other signs and symptoms is he experiencing?


Thank you for the information Stephen. I asked him about his lifestyle and there is no indication that his lifestyle is causing the under nail color. Do you know of any treatment to support him?
Thank you and happy holidays!!!


Acupuncture just does not work like that. You rarely if ever design a treatment based on a single symptom. Purple coloration under the nails, for example, could be bronchitis, moderate or even severe cardiovascular issues such as coronary artery disease, autoimmune conditions such as raynaud’s, etc.

Even with the underlying factor decided upon in western terms you wouldn’t base a treatment just on that either. That’s where Chinese Medicine diagnostics becomes critical - you should look over what does acupuncture treat? and how designing an acupuncture protocol to better understand on a basic level how acupuncture is utilized.

There is rarely, if ever, a symptom like this without a cause - your skill as a practitioner is, ideally, to fix this cause without it ever getting to the point where it is experienced in it’s fullest manifestations by the patient (somewhat generally, before the point that the patient is ill enough that western medicine provides a clear diagnosis).


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