Category Archives: Feet and Hands

What do lines on my nails mean?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My toenails have fine white lines running in a horizontal direction, although my fingernails are fine. Do you know what could be the cause of this condition? A: White lines running in a horizontal direction could be Muehrcke’s lines, which are indicative of lowered amounts of protein in the blood. Mees’…

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Soften the bottom of my rough feet?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, The bottom of my feet become very dry and tough even though I get pedicures on a weekly basis. Could this be because I walk on them so much? Can you suggest something to help to soften them up? A: Palms and soles belong in the yin aspect of your body;…

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Help for fingernails with deep ridges?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My fingernails have deep ridges in them. Is there anything that can help this? A: Fingernails represent the condition of your liver and other internal organs. It is most important to undergo a detoxification protocol with a Chinese herbalist. Bear in mind that it will take some time to clear out…

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