What is Face Mapping? (INFOGRAPHIC)

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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.

1.) Forehead

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.

4.) Eyes

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.

7.) Nose

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.

8.) Cheeks

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.

11.) Chin

Potential ailment: hormonal imbalance

Alternative treatment approach: Reduce stress particularly during your menstrual cycle and get adequate sleep and exercise.

References:

The Wisdom of Wellness With Ayurveda

Ayurvedia: Self-Care,

Spot the Health Problem

Ayurveda