Chinese Face Map
To healers using this form of medicine, your face becomes a map that allows them to uncover clues about your overall health that conventional doctors may overlook at first glance.
Here are some of the primary areas on a Chinese face map and what they can tell you about your health (5).
1. Your Forehead
This area represents your gallbladder and bladder.
Cause: According to TCM, issues in this area typically relate to stress and internal stagnation. Triggers include eating too many fats (trans-fats) and canned foods that affect your gallbladder. Things like excessive alcohol, sugar, and too little sleep coupled with stress, can also cause issues on your forehead.
Cure: Drink plenty of clean, fresh water, eat whole, raw foods and make sure to get enough sleep. As well, avoid all triggers such as alcohol and fatty foods to help alleviate your symptoms. Yoga and other meditative techniques can further help to manage stress (6).
2. Between your Eyebrows
This area represents your liver and stomach (digestive system).
Cause: Issues with your liver typically relate to an overload of toxins since your liver filters toxins from your body. Medications such as over-the-counter pain relievers or antihistamines are also hard on your liver. As well, food allergens can trigger inflammation and malfunction of the liver.
Processed foods are a big issue as they are difficult for both your stomach and liver to process. Too much protein is also hard to digest and if your digestive system is constantly trying to break down food, it will not get the rest and regeneration it needs (7).
Cure: Alcohol is very hard on your liver, so this is one of the first things you need to reduce or cut out altogether. Avoid any foods linked to skin breakouts, especially processed foods that are typically high in trans-fats.
Eat more whole foods and make sure to exercise daily. It’s also a good idea to go outside for fresh air and get enough sleep so your body can heal and regenerate.