Kidneys – the Water Element of TCM – presents a special case of Yin Yang interplay. When we think of the Spleen, we tend to think of deficiency conditions. When we think of Liver, we often think of excess conditions. With Kidneys however, when there is a deficiency (which mainly is a concern), then this deficiency involves both Yin and Yang energies, just in a different proportion. For this reason, Kidneys-Bladder ‘function circle’ is the system where we need to be careful with balancing warm and cold colours. TCM warns about overstimulating the Kidneys – especially with age or in stressful or busy lifestyle – which can lead to the decline of our vital energies. 

How to choose Colourpuncture colours

Looking at recommended colours in your Colorpuncture books please always keep in mind:


You have a patient who is always ‘low on energy’. When we talk to them they share how much they are trying to do thinking it is perfectly possible because ‘everybody else works/plays just as much’. Outside of instances of unrealistic expectations (which are often the case) people who try to do too much are often the same people who naturally have lower energy – Qi Deficiency pattern according to TCM; this is why they are aware of ‘low energy’. The problem comes when they try to compare their general performance with naturally high-energy people. 

Talking about high energy people, high performers – we usually tend to see them in our Clinic when their originally abundant energy is starting to show clear signs of a decline; they are people who are heading for a burn-out if they don’t adjust their lifestyle, workload, and self-care habits. 

With age, our sexual energy – part of Kidneys/Bladder system, the Water element – is naturally declining. Some people accept this and are content with the process. Some tend to look for an energy boost – from taking powerful stimulating herbs (which tend to stimulate Kidneys Yang and so are advised against in the TCM) to anything which can give them an illusion of being young again. Here we need to really help them to explore what was missing in their early life; in their sexual expression; in their relationships in general. A person who is happy and self content, who can reflect upon their earlier life with a feeling of contentment, gratitude and ’life making sense’ would accept the natural ageing and everything it bring with more calm, looking for practical solutions to experience their older years in the best overall health possible for them, considering their individual constitution, previous work loads, stress levels, lifestyle habits. Turquoise colour in general and also Conflict Resolution therapies of Colourpuncture would help here to uncover suppressed, hidden aspects of life- and Self-perception which will often help to see life experiences from new angles and integrate it into a more realistic and happier picture. 

For children there is a great Colorpuncture treatment called ‘Anti-shock’ therapy with Kidneys 1 Acupuncture point being indicated as Red/Red. If there are no other health problems, we can totally safely give children Red Red as their Kidney energy tends to be strong because of age and so here there isn’t much danger of overstimulation. However, imagine this same child has a kidneys or bladder infection in the very same time as they need this ‘anti-shock’ therapy. While this may be a rare combination, this can happen. In this case you would want to balance the Red with an anti-inflammatory, calming, detoxifying Green. 

So, the bottom line is: general colour indications and all aspects of health have a priority when making decisions on choosing the colours. Choosing colours in Colourpuncture is more of an art than exact prescription and a better understanding of how to do it comes with experience.  Red is an amazing colour in Colorpuncture; I both witnessed and experienced some of the best healing with Colourpuncture Red – in right situation, treatments and proportion. It’s just that in case of treating the Kidneys/Bladder we need to be extra careful choosing between Red/Red or Red/Green. This is very similar to how we choose the colours in Colorpuncture for Hot and Cold conditions – same principle when we choose between Red or Blue. Another example would  be choosing between Blue and Orange for Excess or Deficiency of Heart conditions (more on this later). Happily though, most of the time, there will be no mistakes experimenting choosing the colours within colour indications 🙂

This video is a fragment from our January 2022 Colourpuncture Q&A – please reach out for more specific questions or clarification using the form below.

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