Did you know that our face tells a lot about our internal health? Face mapping, an ancient technique in Chinese medicine, gives an insight into internal health and what can be done or changed in our daily lives in order to improve it.
What Your Skin Defects Say About Your Health
The face and skin tell a lot about physical and emotional health. Clear skin is indicative of a healthy human, and any skin defect gives clues to the medical problems that are going on within the body.
Dark Circles and Bags Under the Eyes
Puffiness under the eyes is a common sign of aging, and it is typically harmless. Namely, the tissues and muscles under the eyes weaken with age, forming mild swelling and causing the lids to appear fluffy.
Other issues that might contribute to dark circles include water retention, allergies, dermatitis and lack of sleep. It might be indicative of kidney-related problems, as this part of the eye is associated with the kidneys, according to Chinese medicine.
The forehead is linked to digestion. Specifically, the upper forehead is linked to the bladder while the lower forehead is linked to the intestines. Acne on the forehead or large amount of lines on the forehead might indicate that your digestive system is having difficulties processing the food that you consume.
Thinning of Eyebrows and Eyelashes
Eyebrows are related to the adrenal glands, so any lines stemming from the start of the eyebrows are associated with adrenal stress. In addition, thinning of the eyebrows and eyelash is indicative of stress linked to the adrenal glands.
There are many blood vessels on the nose and their expansion often leads to discoloration. The expansion can be caused by respiratory stress, sinus problems, and allergies. According to Chinese medicine, the nose is associated to the lungs, so any sinus problems often take their toll on the lungs.
Butterfly Rash on the Cheeks
A small rash on the face is typically a result of bad selection of cosmetic products, excessive consumption of sweets, or climate change. Once you eliminate the provoking product, the rash disappears. However, if the rash persists for an extended period of time and spreads over the cheeks, it may be indicative of lupus. Other symptoms of lupus include fatigue, joint pain, chest pain, and fever.
While cracked lips which are result of exposure to sun are normal, cracking and dry lips are also associated with gastric/ stomach stress, according to Chinese medicine.
Acne Breakout on the Chin
The chin is linked with the reproductive organs, so a breakout on the chin if often a result of menstrual cycle. Therefore, there is no need to freak out, ladies!
Excess Hair on the Face
Excess hair is hereditary for most people. However, for some people it is the result of a condition known as hirsutism. The chin is linked with the reproductive organs in ancient Chinese medicine, which means that excess hair on the face could be indicative of a hormone imbalance or a hormonal change in life, such as pregnancy, post-childbirth, or menopause.