Facial analysis – How health problems are reflected on your face

People are often affected by health problems without knowing they have them, but did you know that just by looking in the mirror and observing certain changes you can diagnose an illness? At least, this is what ancient Chinese medicine says. According to these doctors, a mysterious rash that appears on your face, persistent skin conditions or dilated pores are not only a superficial problem that any cleansing lotion can fix, but a result of an internal issue that might be more severe than you think. Facial analysis based on traditional Chinese medicine became a hot topic after Kate Winslet confessed in an interview that she sued this method to find out which foods should be included in her diet and which not. And, over night, the therapy became famous, replacing the well known Hollywood diet with healthier diet trends such as cabbage soup. Facial analysis has been used for centuries, but now doctors are beginning to pay more attention to it and analyze its principles.

According to ancient Chinese medicine, each face area is linked to an important internal organ through certain energy canals. Just like the foot in reflexology, facial areas reflect the energy balance in the body. The lack of harmony can be read on your skin through blemishes, depigmentations, edemas, dry skin or wrinkles, depending on the blocked canal. More specifically, if you have blemishes in the lower side of your cheeks, you might be suffering from a lung condition. And things can get very detailed: a trained therapist can detect blue or green reflexes of the skin, indicating a lack of minerals. But things aren’t taken to the extreme either: a teenager’s persistent acne is not exactly an alarm sign and you shouldn’t become a hypochondriac because your face is oily. Facial analysis is also used in Western medicine, although we might not be aware of it. Any doctor can admit that bags under the eyes can be a symptom of water retention and therefore a possible kidney condition. Similarly, to detect anemia, doctors carefully observe the color underneath the eyelid. Chinese medicine simply extends this form of diagnosis.

If you’re willing to give it a try, here are some of the most common face skin problems associated with more serious conditions. For example, a combination of oily skin, deep wrinkles, redness and eye itches could be an indicator of a liver problem. Similarly, a blue-greenish blemish at the basis of the nose, towards the inner corner of the eye, is linked to pancreatic imbalance. Also, if at the same time your ears are redder than the rest of your face and you have irritated eyes with bags under them, your medulla glands might be faced with some problems. And the list can go on, because according to Chinese medicine every detail on the face is connected to an internal organ.

Research has yet to be conducted to prove the Chinese theory, but even if you may not like the idea that an apparently simple problem can severely affect you, doctors of all nations agree on one point: many conditions manifest themselves externally and there is a high chance that what you see on the outside is linked to something more complex.

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