Facial diagnosis is something I use on everyone who walks in. Their face will immediately tell me the type of treatment their body requires. The face is an amazing topographical map that reveals personality, past experiences, and even future potential. What is even more important is that the face shows what is going on inside the body and in the mind, all of which change the landmarks, the shape and size of the features and the markings on the skin.
Facial diagnosis is one of the original tools used for diagnosis in TICM. It has a well documented history that dates back thousands of years.
Facial diagnosis breaks down the face in several different ways to make determinations about your physical and mental health. A face reader will examine the two sides of your face in relation to each other, determine your face shape and what that reveals about you, and evaluate the three primary zones of your face and your 12 facial features.
There are 12 prominent facial features evaluated to determine many personality traits and the experiences you’ve been through in the past that have affected who you are today. They include:
In TICM metaphysics, there are five elements : water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. In relation to the face shape, the elements are associated with the five face shapes: round (water), wider at the jawline (earth), or rectangular or long (metal), wider at the top of the head and tapering town (wood), and heart shaped with a pointed chin (fire).
People with broad faces tend to be more extroverted, and those with narrow faces are more introverted. In addition, in terms of trustworthiness, people who hide part of their face, through bangs, long hair, beards, mustaches, etc., appear less trustworthy. After all, you cannot see part of their face and have to wonder what they are hiding.
In contrast, people with round faces appear outgoing, trustworthy, and open. Similar to a round face, people with an oval shaped face also appear as kind and social, but not quite as outgoing as those with a round face. People with a square or rectangular face tend to have a strong personality and make good managers or leaders. Those who have a triangular appearance, with a strong, wide forehead tend to be intelligent with unique and often contrary ideas.
The colour of your face may or may not be a clue to your personality, but it can be a powerful clue to the state of your health. The following are some examples:
Red is an indication of heat, either in the face or elsewhere in the body. A face that is red all over indicates an excess of heat in the body. Red cheeks suggest an imbalance between yin and yang, in which cooling, nourishing yin is depleted, and warm yang is rising upward. This is common in menopause, but, can also appear in other conditions such as migraines, insomnia, and night sweats. Red, broken capillaries, acne, and rosacea are signs that the heat is deep within your body.
A pale complexion is almost always a sign of some kind of depletion. Some possibilities are depleted blood, qi (energy), or yang (warmth). A complete TICM diagnosis would take into account other signs, such as poor energy, feeling cold, dry brittle hair and nails, dry skin, and feeling lightheaded.
Blue or purple are colours associated with stagnation. Like a bruise, blue and purple indicate that flow has been blocked somewhere in your body and may involve any of your internal organs or blood vessels. Again, this is a condition that would need complete diagnosis by a doctor of TICM.
A greenish hue to your complexion is fairly rare and frequently indicates some kind of imbalance with your Liver or Gallbladder.
A yellowish cast to your skin or yellow sclera of your eyes indicates jaundice, considered to be a Liver and Gallbladder condition.
A grey complexion is an indication of significant illness. If you experience a change in your facial colour, especially green, yellow, or grey, it’s important to see a doctor.
The three facial zones are read from top to bottom: the upper, middle, and lower zones.
The upper zone, which goes from your hairline to the top of your eyebrows, represents your early life. This is often where your signs of aging first start showing, especially if you had a difficult childhood.
The middle zone, from your eyebrows to your nose’s tip, corresponds to your health in the middle stages of life. A large middle zone can indicate that your middle age will be the best stage of your life.
The lower zone, from the bottom of your nose down, holds key information about your senior years in life. People with larger lower zones may experience true health and happiness as they advance into the later stages of life.
I use the face and eyes to see a person's level of consciousness, their spirit and mental health issues. In addition, I use "wrinkles' on peoples faces to work out the amount of happiness, sadness, joy, bitterness etc they have in their life or have had in addition to using the philtrum to see if at any point they tried to end life.