Your body’s unique intelligence has a way of telling you when something is wrong and it needs help. Not understanding this language makes it difficult to know when your body is talking to you. In Eastern medicine, a doctor will read what is written in your face, tongue, eyes, skin, and pulse. The signs of depletion are all there and may have been for some time.
Visual diagnosis is an ancient tool used by traditional healers to discover the strengths, weaknesses, and health (or lack of health) within the body. Once it is evident what’s happening inside the body, the awareness can be used to diagnose an illness or prevent an illness from fully manifesting. Awareness of your body is the key to figuring out the necessary diet and lifestyle adjustments to obtain vibrant health. In Oriental diagnosis, each organ is seen in relation to all the others, with energy flowing in one continuous circuit.
This energy, called ki (Japanese), chi (Chinese) or prana (Indian), runs through the body in pathways called meridians that are associated with each organ: liver, gallbladder, heart, small intestine, stomach, spleen/pancreas, lung, large intestine, kidney, and bladder. Your face is the most revealing part of your body and provides insight into the larger internal body systems. According to Oriental diagnosis, each area of your face manifests a corresponding organ and how it is functioning in the body. For example:
- The mouth is the entrance to the digestive tract.
- The nose is the entrance to the respiratory system.
- The eyes are connected to the optic nerve, brain, and nervous system.
- The ears are the auditory system.
How this looks on your face:
- Your cheeks represent lungs and their condition.
- Tip of the nose is heart.
- Nostrils represent the bronchi of the lungs.
- Middle part of the nose is stomach.
- Upper part of the nose is pancreas.
- Under the eyes reflect your kidneys.
- Between the eyebrows shows liver condition.
- The temples reflect your spleen.
- Your forehead represents small intestines.
- Peripheral forehead reflects the large intestine.
- Upper forehead shows the bladder.
- Ears can reflect kidney function.
- Your mouth reflects the condition of your entire digestive tract.
- Around the mouth indicates the condition of your sexual organs.
You can easily apply these guidelines to your personal health:
- Women tend to break out under their lower lip when approaching their monthly menstruation or with hormone fluctuations.
- Gum and tooth infections are related to the condition of the intestines, and much of this can be resolved by improving your diet and allowing the organs to detoxify naturally.
- Someone with a large bulbous nose shows a heart straining against clogged arteries.
- Swollen under-eyes reflect kidneys unable to work properly and a retention of fluid from eating too much salt and fatty foods.
- The classic lines between the eyebrows shows that your liver is working hard to keep up with your lifestyle.
- Yellowing of the whites of the eyes can indicate liver jaundice.
Basically, the condition of your health is all right there, each morning, in front of your eyes. Your face never lies. It shows us that when energy becomes blocked in any part of the body, it affects us both internally and externally. According to visual diagnosis, every blemish, mole, and discoloration has a deeper meaning. Pay attention, watch, and listen to your body, and it will let you know when your health condition changes from day to day.
Originally published on Care2