The Face as a Map

Face it – good health is the key to staying beautiful. So what if we could read our health just by looking in the mirror? With the art of Chinese face reading you can do just that. For years, Eastern beauty secrets – such as green tea, coconut oil and other holistic superfoods have become increasingly popular as a way of making sure our health shines through. But face reading works by focusing on certain points on the face to achieve pain relief and help with illness – it also means you can notice health problems before they get serious. Having just celebrated the Chinese New Year, we take a look at face reading to help you have a happier and healthier lifestyle for the year of the Tiger.

The Map

The map is simple. According to the Chinese, each section of your face corresponds to a different area of your body. For example, if you are suffering from certain blemishes or problems in certain parts of your face – this means the area of your body it corresponds with may be weak or susceptible to illness. If you have a mole or line on a certain part of your face it my also indicate a weakness in the corresponding part of the body. The parts of the face you can read from are as follows.

FOREHEAD
If you have digestion or bladder trouble, take a look at your forehead. An outbreak here may indicate tummy trouble. If you are on a detox diet or change your diet for some reason this is also the area that is most likely to show the change. How you can help: Historically, the Chinese ate mostly rice and vegetables with a little lean meat or fish for protein and flavour. A step back to more natural foods may improve your health and waistline.

EYEBROWS
Right at the top of your nose between your eyebrows is the area that is meant to rule your liver. Look out for a deep line in between your eyebrows – this can indicate that your liver is working too hard due to adrenal stress. How you can help: Eating late at night can put stress on your liver. Don’t eat anything after 8pm and try and avoid eating too many rich foods. Avoid excess alcohol.

CHEEKS AND NECK
Random spots on your neck? Stress breakouts are more likely to occur on the temples or neck. Your cheeks are connected to your lungs, gums and teeth. Smokers often get a puffy ‘pouch’ on each cheek near the nose. Breakouts on the bottom half of the cheekbones might suggest gum or teeth problems. How you can help: When you consider the statistics that an estimated 60 to 90 percent of all visits to the doctor’s office are for stress-related complaints, the value of stress-relief exercises skyrockets. At least half an hour exercise a day can help combat stress. See a dentist if you think you may have gum or teeth problems.

THE EARS
We all know the phrase ‘our ears are burning’ but the fact that someone is talking about you is probably just a myth. In actual fact, your ears burning is a more likely sign of having just drank or eaten something which your kidneys are working hard to clear out – like coffee for instance. A mole of a line on your ears could also indicate a weakness. How you can help: The kidneys act as filters to clean the blood. They get rid of wastes and send along filtered fluid. Keep your blood pressure below 130/80 to help prevent kidney damage. Blood pressure is written with two numbers separated by a slash, you can have this checked by a doctor. You can also have your kidneys checked at least once a year by having your urine tested for small amounts of protein.

EYES
Look out for eye bags – they may not just be a sign you are tired. Constant bags under the eyes can be a sign of kidney stress. The eye area can also indicate allergies. How you can help: About half of those who have diabetes will develop early signs of kidney damage. Ask you doctor about regular urine and blood tests to monitor your kidney function.

SKIN
The lungs and skin are directly related, this is why smokers age faster. Look out for broken capillaries – this may indicate weakness in the lungs. How you can help: While exercising does not change total lung capacity, it does improve your cardio-respiratory functioning. It also helps prevent lung cancer. Try it – your lungs will thank you for it!

UPPER LIP
The heart and reproductive system are connected with the upper lip (nose to chin). Spots on this area may indicate reproductive problems such as polycystic ovaries. How you can help: See a doctor if you are concerned about reproductive problems.

MOUTH
The mouth itself represents the stomach and colon. A dry mouth may indicate a dry colon or constipation. How you can help: Eat plenty of fibre such as wholemeal bread, pasta, cereals and vegetables. Keep your body hydrated with plenty of water.

CHIN
Spots on the chin usually occur around the menstrual cycle of a woman – this is because the sides of the chin are connected to the ovaries. In fact you can sometimes tell what side you are ovulating depending on what side you get the breakout. The centre of the chin is connected to the small intestine – spots here may indicate issue with your digestion. How you can help: For hormones there is not a lot you can do except grin and bear it, though a good concealer can help you and your blemish, face the world!

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