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Your face mirrors your health

July 13, 2012

Examine it to see what's wrong inside.

LONDON: Need a quick health check? Turn to the mirror to know what your face reveals about your health.

Your face is much more than the visage of your personality to the world. It’s your best asset, your fortune, your primary outlet of nonverbal expression, and with facial recognition software, it’s your password as well. Or, in Oscar Wilde’s words, a man’s face is his autobiography and a woman’s her work of fiction.

But research has shown that your face is also a good barometer of your health and what’s wrong with it.

While facial diagnosis is not an absolute science, the condition of your skin speaks a lot about what’s going on inside, both physically and emotionally. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have for centuries used facial analysis as a diagnostic tool by matching facial areas and features with organs and emotional states.

So the stubborn pimple that chooses to erupt on the same spot of your cheek is perhaps pointing at a graver health issue that needs attention. Here is how you can read your face to adopt a healthier lifestyle:

Forehead
Your vast forehead speaks for several organs such as the heart, the bladder and the small intestine network. So be prepared to flaunt all the wear and tear of excessive partying or your sleepless nights. The reddened, flaky complexion of your forehead could point to a digestive tract that’s crying for some lubrication. Congestion hints at poor detoxification. If you have both, your digestive apparatus is screaming out to you. First off, go easy on the partying and make sleep a priority. Avoid oily foods and processed foods till you get the shine back.

Eyebrows
The window to your liver lies between the eyebrows. Expect too much alcohol and bingeing on other toxins to make their appearance here. Ancient Chinese medicine considers the liver to be directly linked with anger. So if you find yourself breaking into a tight scowl too often, you may want to cool off your anger issues. A stronger right brow says that you are more likely to express anger outwardly. However, a stronger left brow means that your tendency is to suppress your anger.

Mouth
This one’s a no-brainer. Your mouth obviously correlates to your stomach. While the lips are linked to the stomach and intestine, the surrounding area at the sides that pass on to the jowls are connected to the colon. Spots or discolouration dotted around your lips could hence indicate poor bowel movements, bloating or even a poor appetite. This may also be a reminder to check for any food allergies that you may have never learnt of.

Gums, if bloody, point to an acidic tummy, while dry, chapped lips mean dehydration. Cracks or sores in particular call out for a spleen that’s not cared for. Vitamin B and iron supplements may make matters better.

Cheeks
The mildest of rashes on your cheeks could indicate that your body is starved of oxygen as your cheeks are wired to your respiratory system. The solution is to make your breathing fuller and deeper by working out or doing yoga. If you smoke regularly, watch out for broken capillaries, discolouration, fine lines or congestion in this spot. Likewise for those down with cold or flu. If your redness aggravates easily, you may be overdoing your dose of stimulants such as coffee, colas and alcohol.

Chin
Your chin mirrors the kidneys and the bladder. Keep an eye out for any hormonal imbalance as it will show up here. Congestion around the chin point to your kidneys working overtime, most likely due to your putting yourself through extreme amounts of stress.—Agencies


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