Chinese Face Reading: What Your Face Really Reveals About You

May 11, 2017

Chinese Face Reading: What Your Face Really Reveals About You

Is is possible that your personality written all over your face?
For centuries, the Chinese have believed your facial features can reveal hidden truths about your personality.

Practice of face reading (mien shiang or mien xiang, pronounced “myen-shung”) originated in China nearly 3,000 years ago. Literally, this medical art was practiced by Taoist monk healers. Today, Eastern practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine use face reading in their diagnostic practices.

What is the face?

 Each part of the face corresponds directly to a part or area of body — however, the Chinese face-reading system is much more complex than that.

First, each face represents one of the 5 basic elemental types recognized by traditional Chinese medicine: wood, fire, air, water, and metal. Most people aren’t a pure type but instead a mix of two types, with one more pronounced than the other. Each elemental type has specific physical attributes, personality traits, and health strengths and weaknesses.

Three Major Areas of the Face

In the Chinese face reading tradition, they call the forehead area down to the eyebrows Heaven, and this is associated with the early years of one’s life. The middle section of the face, from the eyebrows down to the base of the nose is called Human, and this is associated with the middle years of life. The lower section, from the base of the nose down to the bottom of the face is termed Earth, and this is concerned with old age.

A face may be divided into three portions: Heaven, Human, Earth

Any part of the face that is scarred, malformed, dented or discolored suggests a problem with the aspect of the subject’s life associated with that segment of his face. Grey or black marks, whether they are a permanent feature or just a temporary situation, denote problems that are themselves either temporary or permanent depending upon the type of dark mark. Even if the discoloration is caused by a trick of the light, it will mean something to a Chinese face reading specialist. As in every other form of divination, intuition also plays a part.

Your face can tell you so much about your own health

According to Chinese medicine, these are some of the main lessons you might learn from inspecting your face:

1. A vertical line between the eyebrows: This relates to a congested liver, holding in toxins and angry emotions. In TCM, emotions get trapped in parts of the body and lead to disease in various organs. Life experience markings tend to be horizontal and their position on your face correlates to their effects on the organ. 

2. Breakouts and Horizontal Lines Across The Forehead: These generally point to blockages and a build-up of toxins in your digestive tract. I used to get bad breakouts on my forehead in my teens when I ate dairy, animal protein and fats, and cooked oils. 

3. Breakouts On The Chin and Jaw: These generally indicate an inbalance in your hormones, but may also relate to a digestive system blockage.

For us girls, spots on your chin and jawline are pretty common around the time of your period and sometimes ovulation too. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats, plus focusing on healthy skin foods can help to rebalance hormones and reduce painful pimples. 

4. Crow’s Feet Around the Eyes: An all too common indication of premature ageing, an acidic and imbalanced system and too much stress being placed on your adrenals.

The fine skin around your eyes can lose moisture quite easily and begin to look dry, especially in winter when the central heating is on. I use a thick protective cream to lock in moisture around my eyes at night and even if I’m at home during the day, as well as staying well hydrated.

5. Darkness or Fluid Retention Underneath The Eyes: This relates to your adrenals and can indicate a taxed system, caused by too much caffeine, a stressful lifestyle or too little sleep.

6. A Yellow Hue on The Whites of The Eyes: This may indicate a liver issue, in which excess bile is entering the blood due to damaged liver cells. A trip to the doctor is definitely recommended.

7. Red Nose or Line Through the Nose: Your nose is connected to your heart, and redness or unusual markings may indicate heart problems. 

8. Upper Lip: Changes to the colour or structure of your upper lip may occur if a woman is suffering with hormonal changes or fertility problems. 

9. Cheeks: Your cheeks are associated with your lungs, and changes in the appearance or texture of the hollows of your cheeks may indicate lung issues or be a sign that you’re not inhaling oxygen deeply enough.

Marks, spots, scars on, and even shapes of your face can change over time, meaning your fate can alter through the years. Your face will reflect changes in your health faster than any other part of your body, also don't forget that your face and body reflect your emotional condition and inner self. When you change your heart, you change your face; when you change your face, you change your fate.

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