January 21, 2013 by KAREN FOSTER
Look In the Mirror: What Does Your Face Tell You About Your Health?
Mirror, mirror on the wall who's the healthiest of them all? If you know where to look, your external appearance may be a window to your internal health. Your face not only gives you nonverbal signals about your well-being from unconscious facial expressions, but the state of your skin reveals a great deal about what's going on inside, both physically and emotionally. Some facial diagnosticians can even diagnose incipient illnesses, such as the early stages of cancer.
Few can doubt the stunning beauty of actress Olivia Wilde, however beauty may really be only skin deep. Our physical appearance may tell us a lot about internal health and beauty.
In fact, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have used facial analysis as a diagnostic tool for centuries, marrying specific facial areas and features with organs and emotional states.
So when you get a recurring zit on the same part of your chin or have a perpetually congested or flaky forehead, your skin could be trying to tell you that there's a deeper health concern in need of attention.
As almost every mother instinctively knows and has relied upon from the beginning of time, looking into a child's face can provide telling and quick signs of possible unrest or a form of illness. In the 1800s Wilhelm Schuessler, a German homeopath, created a new science stemming from this straightforward means of identifying symptoms.
Schuessler used a probing look - "facial diagnosis" - to assess how a person was feeling. He believed that certain facial expressions, movements and appearances reveal moods, dispositions and disorders, especially to the physician with years of experience. By visually studying his patients' faces, Schuessler was able to diagnose a range of illnesses and choose the appropriate remedies. Building on his practice, natural medicine has since developed specific guidelines for using facial diagnosis. It is believed that practitioners following these guidelines can quickly and accurately draw conclusions about a patients physical condition and ailments.
Facial diagnosis is not an absolute science, but it could certainly point you in the direction of a healthier lifestyle.
It is is based on the long-established idea that many internal ailments express themselves in the patients external appearance, particularly in the face. It is believed that skillful diagnosticians and experienced caregivers can read the face for these tale-tale signals.
Before laboratory technology and diagnostic equipment were developed, visual diagnostics was a relied-upon means of finding illness. Great physicians mastered this method and were often extremely accurate in diagnoses. Today, medical textbooks include descriptions of facial symptoms of certain conditions.
Cheeks are linked to the stomach and even some aspects of the respiratory system, so a slight rash could be an indication that your body is starved of oxygen and you need to work on deepening your breath.
The mouth also correlates to the stomach. Where the actual lips relate to the stomach and intestine, the surrounding area at the sides that run down toward the jowls are linked to the colon. Any spots or discoloration dotted around your lips could, therefore, be a sign of poor bowel movements, bloating or a poor appetite.
Bloody gums indicate an acidic stomach, while dry and flaky lips are a fairly obvious sign of dehydration. Cracks or sores, alternatively, suggest a spleen in need of care.
The kidneys and bladder show up on the chin. Any kind of hormonal imbalance will usually show up here, as guys who were plagued by acne as a teen will know only too well.
If, as an adult, you've got congestion around the chin, then there's a good chance your kidneys are working overtime and you've put yourself under an unhealthy amount of stress.
The comparatively large expanse of the forehead accounts for several organs, including the heart, the small intestine network and the bladder. If you've been partying hard, all that wear and tear will end up written on your forehead.
Congestion signals poor detoxification, while a red and flaky complexion could indicate a digestive tract in need of a bit of lubrication. If you've got both, then your digestive system is crying out for help - a call you've probably felt elsewhere.
The liver lies between the eyebrows. Unsurprisingly, too much alcohol or excessive consumption of other toxins are going to show up around here.
Since the liver is inextricably linked with anger in traditional Chinese medicine, a furrowed brow is a good sign you might need to work through some anger issues.
According to the TCM experts at ESPA Life, a stronger right brow can be found on patients who are more likely to express anger outwardly. Those with a stronger left side, however, will have a tendency to suppress their anger.
Trained diagnosticians can recognize these ailments by studying the face:
- "Mitral face": Red cheeks and paleness around the mouth indicates heart-valve (mitral-valve) disorders
- General Paleness: Indicates anemia, such as from iron deficiency or shock
- White Tip of The Nose: Indicates reduced production of gastric acid
- Red Face: Indicates a worsening of blood, heart and lung ailments and the presence of high blood pressure
- Red, Round ("full moon") face: Indicates Cushing's syndrome, marked by excess adrenal function; can also indicate treatment with cortisone.
- Brownish Pigmentation: Indicates Addison's disease, marked by reduced adrenal function
- Yellowish Skin (jaundice): Indicates liver, bile, or blood ailments
- Fleshy Growths on the Outer Ear or the Eyelids (gout nodules): Indicates gout, marked by excess uric acid
- Cracks at the Corners of the Mouth: Indicates anemia or allergies.
What Do Facial Features Tell Us About Personality
Are you ready to find out what your face reveals about you?
First of all, take a good long look in the mirror. Don't judge! Don't be critical! Just look and take careful note of your facial features.
Are you already cursing your double chin? Well, don't! It means that happiness will come later in life but it will make up for arriving so late by arriving in bulk.
Do you hate the way your ears stick out? This reveals that you are an unconventional, original and independent thinker.
Do you wish you didn't have "crow's feet"? Enjoy them, because they show that you can see and appreciate the bigger picture. It also shows you are not easily fooled.
Do you curse a constantly shiny nose? According to Chinese wisdom, a shiny nose reveals good money luck. So check in the mirror before you place that next bet!!
Do you have permanent vertical worry lines between your eyes on your forehead?
These lines reveal that you drive yourself hard and don't like to settle for second best.
What about a single horizontal line between your eyes?
This shows you have the weight and responsibility of the world on your shoulders. You need to find a way to ease the burden you feel you're carrying.
Do your ears stick out?
This shows you are a non-conformist and an independent thinker. You are a scholar and a quick thinker but you are also stubborn.
Do you have pointy ears?
This reveals that you are not as kind-hearted and reliable as you like to make out. On the positive side, you are original and inventive.
Have you got a vertical line on your earlobe?
Watch out for heart problems, you need to take better care of yourself than you do.
Are your earlobes attached to the side of your head?
Don't tell anyone, but this reveal just what a "bossy boots" you are. People often perceive you as superficial.
Do your eyebrows meet in the middle?
Stop worrying so much. Your mind is always on the go and you find it hard to relax. You also need to stop taking everything so personally or else you'll find yourself often feeling depressed.
Are your eyebrows always messy and unruly?
This betrays your often chaotic and unconventional mind. You can be tactless at times. You can see all sides in any issue which can embroil you in many unwanted arguments. After daydreaming through your early thirties, you finally get organised and find success.
Are your eyes set close together?
This reveals that you have a narrow and calculating approach to life. Although fairly intolerant, you can accurately assess the world around you and use it to best advantage.
Are your eyes set far apart?
You are very tolerant of others and far-sighted. However, you are also gullible and setbacks launch you on an emotional roller coaster.
Are your eyes deep-set?
You are cautious and reserved. Although you are deeply romantic, you never let yourself become unrealistic in love. You usually become successful from your late thirties onwards.
Do your eyes protrude?
You are strong-willed and egotistical, and you hate being interrupted or left out of anything.
Do you have a small ball at the tip of your nose?
You are an artist and appreciate quality and beauty.
Does your nose end in a bulbous shape?
You need financial security and often become a collector.
Does your mouth turn up even when not smiling?
You are prepared to always hear the best from people. You are a natural optimist and are rarely alone.
Or does it turn down naturally?
A natural pessimist, you naturally distrust most of what you hear. Ironically, this leads to less disappointment since when things turn out badly you are rarely surprised. Happiness comes later in life from mid-forties onwards.
Do you have a space between your two front teeth?
It means you are a risk taker and a dare devil. But you have a habit of changing your mind because you lack a clear sense of direction.
Do you have two big front teeth?
This reveals that you are impatient, stubborn as a mule and need to be constantly reassured.
Do you have a pointed chin?
You like to remain in the driving seat at all times. Intelligent and oversensitive, you can suffer from mood swings. You hate being ordered to do things without a full explanation.
Do you have a weak chin?
You are a peace lover and are very popular for it. You'd rather follow orders than give them. You avoid conflict at any cost. The danger is that your lack of ambition will leave you unprepared for retirement.
MOLES, BLEMISHES AND BIRTHMARKS
Any mole with a reddish gleam is always a sign of good luck, no matter where it appears.
Dark moles are more ominous, especially if they change shape or size.
If any mole at all ever changes shape or size, consult a doctor. It could be early sign of skin cancer.
Right on the hairline: Prosperity.
Between the eyebrows: Great wisdom.
On the tip of the nose: Your prosperity is constantly under threat.
On the inner ear: You have an above-average talent and will enjoy a long life.
Right cheek: Successful life.
Left cheek: You are studious and struggling.
On each cheek: You'll enjoy success after much hard work.
The same applies to blemishes and birthmarks.
You have an amazing face and it is beautiful just the way it is. It reflects your personality and there is no other human being on the planet that has the same exact features as you. So be proud of how unique you are and have fun discovering what your face says about you.
Karen Foster is a holistic nutritionist, avid blogger, with five kids and an active lifestyle that keeps her in pursuit of the healthiest path towards a life of balance.