Monday, August 13, 2007

Healthy or not? Answer is...IN YOUR FACE

13 August 2007, New Paper

Ancient theory says different organs are linked to different parts of the face

MEN and women spend millions of dollars every year trying to look young.

By Chua Wei Yng

MEN and women spend millions of dollars every year trying to look young.

Many try to hide their blemishes with cosmetics or surgery, but they are only fooling themselves.

According to the ancient art of facereading, your state of health is prominently displayed on your face.

Face reading has been used since the time of Confucius by Chinese doctors as part of their diagnosis.

They also talk about the five elements: Wood, fire, water, metal and earth.

Each type of face has special physical characteristics - for example, a 'wood face' is long, with a high, broad forehead, and so on - and each type has certain personality traits.

Former British PrimeMinister TonyBlair and PrinceCharles are cited as examples of wooden faces.

The ancient Greeks like Aristotle and Hippocrates also had their own theories to analyse the physical characteristics of the face and body.

In the Middle Ages, facereading got mixed up with astrology and divination, and lost credibility.

Yet, we can still use concepts of facereading to look at one's health.

The basic principle is that each organ is allocated a certain region on the face, so puffiness or redness in one are can indicate that that organ is not functioning at its best.

Some practitioners believe that an organ dysfunction can show up on a person's face years before you get abnormal test results on organfunction.

One important sign of ill health is how you feel, regardless of how your face looks. If you feel tired all the time or have recently lost weight without trying to, consider seeking medical advice.


Forehead & eyebrows

The eyebrows are a symbol of a person's vitality, so the bushier the eyebrows, the healthier the person. This refers to the natural shape of the eyebrows, not those that have been plucked and shaped.

Natural thinning at the ends of the eyebrows is associated with a declining thyroid function.

Deep horizontal creases in the forehead can mean that your digestion is poor, while an oily and blemished forehead may mean you're eating too much of fatty foods and dairy products.

Vertical creases between the brows are a sign of poor gall bladder and liver function.



If the area under the eyes is puffy and dark, it may indicate that the kidneys are overworked, and this can be due to overwork and lack of sleep.

A diet high in coffee and rich foods can also cause this darkness.

From a Western medical approach, the eyes are the first place you check for signs of jaundice (look for a yellowing of the whites) and anaemia (look for a paleness of the conjunctiva, the inside of the eyelid).


Nose & cheeks

Redness and broken capillaries around the nose indicates a weakened heart.

If you have red, puffy or pimply cheeks, it is thought to be due to eating too much of dairyand fruit products.

Such a diet is believed to produce mucus and lung congestion.

Some practitioners believe that if your cheeks suddenly become red and dry, you are susceptible to catching a cold or coming down with a lung infection.


Mouth & chin

The lips and mouth area reflect the health of the stomach and digestive organs.

If the skin there is sallow and pale, it means the digestive system is not working well.

If there is a greenish tinge, the liver is the cause of the trouble.

Deep creases along the nose to the corners of the mouth indicate bowel weakness.

A protruding lower lip is associated with a sluggish colon.

Cracked lips and ulcers in the mouth could be a sign of infection and poor healing.

People with irritable bowel syndrome and lupus are also prone to mouth ulcers.

The chin is meant to represent the lower abdominal organs, including reproductive organs, so puffiness and blemishes there can indicate energy stagnation and dysfunctions in the abdominal area.

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