Traditional Chinese Medicine: Face Reading

The face reading reveals everything about us according to the tenets of face reading: It records our past, life lessons, joys, and battles. It can tell a person’s character, health, social status, wealth, and what has been inherited from each parent.

It is said that a good Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctor can diagnosis 70% of what is wrong with a person’s health by looking at her face. Face reading originated with Taoist monks over 3000 years ago. It is a master technique that is more common in China than the U.S because it’s not typically taught in Traditional Chinese Medicine schools in the U.S.

Qi and the Elements

Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient healing system that is centered on the interconnectedness and interrelatedness of all things through subtle energy or qi (pronounced chi). Disruption or blocks in the flow of energy can result in health issues. Evidence of block qi can show up in the body in many forms. One of them is what is happening on the face.

Also, archetypes of the elements wood, fire, air, water, and metal play a role in TCM. Each of the elements has corresponding physical characteristics, emotional traits, weaknesses, and strengths that play a role in a person’s health. Everyone has a dominant element that manifests with attributes of a second one. The elements are essential to face reading because they also show up on the face.

The skin’s color, marks, discoloration, pimples, lines, etc. can tell a facial-reading TCM practitioner what is happening in the body. For example, the color of the skin can be indicative of mineral deficiencies.

The look of the skin on the face or changes in the skin can indicate an issue inside. This idea is not so far off from some Western medicine concepts: Acne is considered a condition of hormonal imbalance in the body. Skin that is abnormally yellow can indicate a liver problem.

In TCM, the face has been mapped in a way that connects the organs to medical conditions. Face reading is complicated and takes years of practice to accurately diagnosis and disseminate information about a person. However, here are some basics information on six major facial features.

  • Forehead ­

Bladder and Intestines – The forehead is indicative of issues with digestion, small intestines, liver, and an accumulation of toxins. Problems with sleep and stress can manifest here.

  • Area Between the Brow
    Liver issues can show up as a deep line as a result of too much stress, poor diet, or excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Ears and Under the Eyes

These features represent the kidneys. Characteristics of the ears and under eyes can indicate insomnia, stress, adrenal fatigue, too much caffeine, and poor circulation which suggests an imbalance in the kidneys.

  • Nose
    The organ associated with the nose is the heart. The nose relates to issues with blood pressure, diet, gastrointestinal problems, and poor blood circulation. A dark purplish red coloration can indicate heart problems.
  • Cheeks and Lips
    Stomach and large intestines issues appear on the cheeks and lips. Dehydration and poor diet can be a cause of stomach and intestinal issues.
  • Cheeks
    Cheeks also represent the lungs. Food allergies, pollution can contribute to issues with the lungs that become reflected in the cheeks.

Facial reading shows us that we are much more than “just a pretty face.” Under the guidance of a TCM practitioner trained in face reading, it can reveal who we are, what kind of life’s road we’ve traveled, and how we are doing health wise.


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Huang, Eli. Face Reading For Your Health with Chinese Medicine.

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