Basic Chinese Face Reading

At Cinnabar we use TCM face and body reading as part of our diagnostics for acupuncture treatments. Imbalances and disease will often show signs on our face and body before physical symptoms present. Face (and body) reading is the quickest way to find out where someone is at the immediate time in his/her life in terms of challenges and health.

Face and body reading is an ancient practice in China. It was used not only to assess the health of patients, but also to predict the personalities and behaviors of unknown people. The face can be read in a number of ways:

  1. The face can be mapped in terms of age (as pictured above) to determine your past and future. For example a horizontal line on the bridge of the nose indicates a challenging time in the early forties.
  2. Different organ systems are represented on specific zones of the face. For example a certain puffiness under the eyes indicates Gallbladder issues. (This puffiness is not directly under the eye, which indicates Kidney issues, but over the bone under the eye.)
  3. Various markings or characteristics indicate certain personality traits. For example an upturned nose is a sign of naivete. The overall predominant 5 element types can also be seen. Our predominant elemental type(s) can sometimes change over time as a result of certain life experiences. Some people stay consistent throughout their lives, while some seem to really metamorphose.

The last manner to read the face is often the most interesting to lay people. It is important to remember that each element and characteristic has its own gift and challenge. It is easy to misuse face reading as a tool to judge people.

When first beginning face reading, it is easiest to see the predominant element in a person who presents an extreme, unbalanced version of an element. Balanced people are more challenging to discern. In future blogs I will visit each Element.

For more information we suggest our teacher, Patrician McCarthy’s site.

Further Reading:
The Face Reader by Patrician McCarthy
Face Reading in Chinese Medicine by Lillian Bridges
The Power of Face Reading by Rose Rosetree


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