What is Face Mapping? (INFOGRAPHIC)
Ayurveda Face Mapping: What Could Your Skin Be Trying to Tell You?
Do you feel like no matter what beauty product you use, your acne just won’t clear up? Sometimes acne is the result of an underlying condition that won’t go away until the root of the problem is treated.
And while MRI and X-Ray machines will more accurately diagnose the issue, alternative medical practitioners have been using face mapping to diagnose such issues long before these sophisticated machines existed. The ancient practice of “face mapping” matches areas of the face with organs that are thought to be connected internally. Western medicine has yet to embrace this ancient Chinese practice as it lacks sufficient scientific evidence, but spas and holistic centers are using it today.
And while it’s not scientifically supported, many doctors do believe acne can be a sign of internal illnesses and shouldn’t be ignored.This shouldn’t be used in place of a doctor’s diagnosis or recommended treatment, but rather as a complimentary or alternative approach to Western medicine.Here is a brief overview of “face mapping” an Ayurveda practice–or holistic approach to alternative medicine.
Potential ailment: Gallbladder and liver issues.
Alternative treatment approach: Limit the amount of processed food and fat intake while incorporating daily relaxation techniques to reduce stress and inflammation.
2.) Skin around the right eyebrow
Potential ailment: Stress and tension in the liver
Alternative treatment approach: yoga and meditation along with regular sips of green tea are thought to help combat stress and cleanse the liver.
3.) Skin around the left eyebrow
Potential ailment: Stress and tension in the spleen
Alternative treatment approach: Increase your water intake and practice deep breathing and yoga techniques to increase overall relaxation.
Potential ailment: Small and whiter irises are thought to indicate declining joint health. A spotted iris is thought to indicate nutrient absorption problems and thyroid imbalances.
Alternative treatment approach: Adding a multivitamin and eating a well-rounded diet as well as practicing tai chi are thought to remedy joint and digestive health.
5.) Red Ears
Potential ailment: Overworked liver
Alternative treatment approach: Cut back on eating rich, high fat, high sugar foods and drink green tea and a nutrient dense diet.
6.) Puffy lower eyelids
Potential ailment: Impaired kidney function
Alternative treatment approach: Increase water intake to boost digestion. Also, try incorporating more spices into your diet and chew food 30 times before swallowing to improve digestion.
Potential ailment: blood pressure issues
Alternative treatment approach: Increase the amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet with avocado, flax seed, and olive oil. Limit alcohol, coffee, and spicy foods.
Potential ailment: slow metabolism and decreased lung health
Alternative treatment approach: Practice deep breathing activities and drink peppermint tea.
9.) A White Tongue
Potential ailment: toxin buildup and decreased lung health
Alternative treatment approach: Limit processed foods and make sure you aren’t taking too many supplements and vitamins. Focus on nutrients from natural foods – particularly leafy greens.
10.) Pale lower lip
Potential ailment: sluggish digestion or poor oxygen absorption
Alternative treatment approach: Because pale lips with a bluish tinge can be a sign of a heart condition, definitely seek assistance from a doctor.
Potential ailment: hormonal imbalance
Alternative treatment approach: Reduce stress particularly during your menstrual cycle and get adequate sleep and exercise.
Amanda is a former editor for HealthCentral.