Chinese Face Reading; Water Element Personality

Water Element Personality

This element is difficult to grasp because it seems to change its form based on the perceptions of the observer. Water maintains its substance while effortlessly changing its form and appearance to suit the situation. Water is adaptable. When balanced, Water types are candid, introspective, modest, watchful, objective, curious, igenious, careful, particular, thrifty, sensible, and lucid. When excess, Water can become demanding and covetous and when deficient can completely withdraw from the world. The major issue for Water is fear, and Water people can disappear into a world of phobias. Addictions tend to also be food related, but in this case with salty foods as well as sweets. Health problems tend towards congenital abnormalities, urinary problems, some hormonal imbalances, and other Kidney and Urinary Bladder organ system disorderds.

Water Characteristics

Face: It is the most difficult to grasp because water has no defined parameters. The face is almost amorphous, with no confined boundary. It is difficult to ascribe a shape, or the shape seems to change. The most prominent feature is the cheeks.

Body: It is strong and dense with a tendency towards wider hips. Water also has a tendency to gain weight and can be difficult to differentiate from Earth.

Famous Examples: Minnie Driver and Kate Winslet (both of them more so prior to their dramatic weight loss), Oprah Winfrey, Sophia Loren, Benicio del Toro.

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
Between Heaven and Earth by Beinfield and Korngold -simple, straightforward 5 Element explanation

Chinese Face Reading; Metal Element Personality

Metal Element Personality

Balanced Metal is methodical, discerning, scrupulous, accepting, neat, calm, disciplined, honorable, precise, and reserved. Excess Metal can become the stereotypical anal-retentive” personality which becomes too restrictive and dogmatic and overly concerned with rules and preserving purity. Deficient Metal can fall into sloppiness and hypocrisy. Metal is very concerned with appearances and order. They tend to fall into two camps, either idealizing antique works of art or new, trendy technology. The major issue for Metal is loss and grief. When Metal types are addicted it tends to be with trendy mixed drinks, alcohol disguised in juice, or abuse of prescription drugs so as not to give the appearance of being out of control or doing something against the rules. An obsession with purity can also sometimes create a darkside. Health problems tend towards asthma, low immunity, and other Lung and Large Intestine organ system disorders.

Physical Metal Characteristics

Face: It is chiseled, with high cheek bones, and delicate. There is a sheen to the skin.

Body: It looks fragile and delicate and thin, sometimes with a narrow chest.

Famous Examples: Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista

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
Between Heaven and Earth by Beinfield and Korngold -simple, straightforward 5 Element explanation

Chinese Face Reading; Earth Element Personality

Earth Element Personality

This has been the traditional ideal wife and mother, and when unbalanced, the Type C personality. This is not to say that men are not Earth. Men and women comprise all of the elemental types. Some types are held as the ideal for that gender, while others suffer for having a different nature. Grounded and practical, when balanced earth is the glue that binds all elements together. It is nurturing, supportive, relaxed, oriented, sociable, sympathetic, considerate, agreeable, poised, and attentive.

As nice as the balanced Earth is, unbalanced Earth can be just as difficult to contend with as the other elemental types. Excess Earth frets and meddles and can be quite overbearing and domineering. (As an example many professional fighters have significant amount of Earth). That wonderful groundedness can transform into unmovable and impractical stubbornness. When deficient, Earth can become clingy and vacillating, too eager to please. Earth is the caretaker and the main issue is worry. Food addiction (especially sweets) tends to the major problem. Health problems tend towards digestive problems and other Spleen and Stomach organ system disorders.

Physical Earth Characteristics

Face: Roundness to the face with an anchored or grounded feeling. May be a double chin. The face tends to be fleshy even in a thinner person. Earth people are not necessarily overweight or jowly.

Body: It is thick, muscular, solid, grounded, fleshy, with a tendency towards gaining weight. There are broad hips and shoulders. The legs are shorter with a longer torso (ex. Burt Reynolds).

Famous Examples: Emeril Lagasse and Paula Deen from the Food Network, Marilyn Monroe

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
Between Heaven and Earth by Beinfield and Korngold -simple, straightforward 5 Element explanation

Transitioning into Autumn; Metal Element

Achieving and maintaining optimal health involves strengthening our bodies in preparation for the seasons. This is a tradition that goes back to the Yellow Emperor some 2,500 years ago or more in the Huang Di Nei Jing.

Autumn belongs to the Metal Element. Energy begins to turn inward and sincerely evaluate what is of value and what needs to be discarded. The organ systems of Metal are the Lungs (representing holding on) and Large Intestine (letting go).

Emotional & Spiritual
Having a healthy lung and large intestine system means you easily keep commitments and stand by your principles. You sense when it’s time to let go of something and allow yourself to fully feel the sadness and grief. Then you let it all go and  move on.

Dysfunctional Metal relates to unresolved sadness and grief. Fall is an ideal time to release unhealthy emotional attachments. This involves taking time each day to go within. It is greatly facilitated by sharing with friends or a counselor. Getting acupuncture and energetic bodywork done greatly speeds up the healing and releasing process. In conjunction, the following dietary guidelines are very helpful.

Diet
Cook with lower heat, for longer periods of time. Also use less salt. The intention during the fall is to increase moistening and pungent foods.

moistening foods: seaweed, apples, pears, chard, papaya, pumpkin, and white fungus.

pungent foods: dakon radish, radish, ginger, arugula, watercress, onion, garlic, fenugreek, fennel

Detox
Purity is a key Metal concern, on a physical and emotional level. Keeping the Lungs and Large Intestine clear is key for optimal health. In TCM, detox is gone about in a more balanced way so as to avoid weakening the body.

To detox the Lungs a simple formula is to make a tea of Fenugreek and Fennel seeds and drink daily. This helps clear excess mucous as well as clearing impurities.

To detox the Large Intestine we recommend doing a colon/parasite cleanse once a year. We sell an anti-parasite and colon cleansing formula containing pumpkin seeds, black walnut bark (green hulls), clove, wormwood, and other herbs. Rhubarb root (Da Huang) is an excellent herb to detox the intestines when used in minute amounts over a period of time. Excessive use of detoxifying or purgative herbs weakens the Spleen and digestion, which is counterproductive. This also applies to excessive or too frequent fasting, or excessive raw foods when not appropriate.

Movement
There is nothing worse for the Lungs and Large Intestines than a sedentary lifestyle. The Metal element requires exertion on a regular basis for proper functioning. Exercise forces you to expand the lungs, facilitates peristalsis, and helps release emotional stress.

Read More on the 5 Elements and Chinese Food Therapy: Healing with Whole Foods by Paull Pitchford

Chinese Face Reading; Fire Element Personality

Fire Element Personality

The balanced Fire person excels at communication and is lively, charismatic, optimistic, sanguine, aware. Tender, empathetic, devoted, enthusiastic, and alert. Theirs is the stereotypical artist’s or performer’s personality. They bring passion and flair to what they do.

Their main issues are scatteredness, mania, and a lack of groundedness. In excess Fire can become erratic and overly excitable. When deficient it can become overly sensitive, infatuated, even suicidal. When addicted they gravitate towards alcohol and psychedelics and succumb to excesses of stimulation, flash, and color. Health problems are generally related to anxiety disorders, functional heart problems like mitrovalve prolapse and other Heart and Small Intestine organ system disorders.

Physical Fire Characteristics

Face: Hear-shaped or oval face. There is a fiery quality to the eyes. Hair is curly or unruly. Red hair or redness in the complexion is a good indicator.

Body: It is soft and willowy, with a tendency towards long legs.

Famous Examples: Nicole Kidman, Lucy Lu, Halle Berry

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
Between Heaven and Earth by Beinfield and Korngold -simple, straightforward 5 Element explanation

Chinese Face Reading; Wood Element Personality

When you first start looking for 5 elements in people, the easiest one to spot is the unbalanced Wood predominant person. They can often be picked out of a crowd a block away. Unbalanced Wood energy presents as being hypervigilant and defensive of his/her own boundaries and completely oblivious to the boundaries of others. Thus their behavior, when unbalanced, is often the most disruptive to others of any element. They are the violent criminals, the corrupt policeman, and the aggressive lawyers. They are the combative client, abusive spouse, and narcissistic sports star.When balanced, the Wood element is compassionate, entrepreneurial, and is a protective (rather than abusive) force in the world.

Wood Element personality

This is perhaps the easiest of the elements to grasp since we are an extremely wood society. It has also been the male ideal personality, and increasingly for women as well. The balanced Wood personality is confident, assertive, bold, ambitious, competitive, powerful, direct, committed, and decisive. This is certainly our cultural ideal, but often we also find examples of the unbalanced Wood personality which, if excess is the stereotypical Type A personality: aggressive, arrogant, reckless, stressed, antagonistic, tyrannical, and confrontational. Anger is the main issue for Wood types and in the case of Wood deficient types that anger is turned inward in the form of depression. They tend to be entrepreneurs and achievers. In terms of addiction alcohol, opiates, and amphetamines are drugs of choice. Health problems tend towards stress, hormonal imbalance, gallstones, hepatitis, fatty liver, and other Liver and Gallbladder organ system disorders.

Physical Wood Characteristics

Face: Wood characteristics are the traditional ideal of male attractiveness, and increasingly so for women as well. The form of the face is square or a tall rectangle. The most prominent features are strong eyebrows/brow bones and a strong chin. There is often a square jaw. The eyes are very intense and penetrating.

Body: It is sinewy, lean, muscular, supple, with Broad shoulders.

Famous Examples: Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Arnold Schwarznegger, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Garner

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
Between Heaven and Earth by Beinfield and Korngold -simple, straightforward 5 Element explanation

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