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Constitutional Diagnosis /
Facial Diagnosis 2/
The art of facial diagnosis
is one of the most highly prized qualities a person may develop
for themselves. I will be spending some time going into giving
you the fundamentals and practice of facial diagnosis over the
next few years.
The main reason for learning
the art of facial diagnosis is self-knowledge, for as you learn
to know how to read your face you will become more and more confident
about knowing what is going on inside your body. Furthermore,
the knowledge you gain will teach you how to see problems arising
well before there is any possibility of your body coming into
It cannot be overemphasized
enough that modern scientific medicine is the medicine of crisis,
at the center of a culture in crisis. When you go see the doctor
you are usually in some kind of medical crisis. The reason being
you do not know how to read what your body has been telling you
for months and even years in advance of the crisis actually occurring.
So, by the time you get to see the doctor, all that can be done
is to give you massively powerful drugs or surgery which are designed
to deal with the symptoms and hope that your body gets through
the crisis so that it can "heal itself".
The approach of modern scientific
medicine, in essence, is to pour gasoline on the flames of your
illness in the hopes of dousing the flames. It would therefore
be a matter of pure chance whether or not your body survives the
assault of these powerful drugs and other invasive techniques
if were not for the incredible healing resources that are "designed"
into the dynamics of the internal organs and tissues.
Whereas the macrobiotic art
of facial diagnosis is the subtle science and accurate art of
learning how to read your face so that you can tell, early on,
when any organ is becoming "out-of-balance" or "stagnated",
and take the necessary steps to alleviate the burdened or "stagnated"
organ and its related tissue.
The basis of facial diagnosis
is the human organism, divided into the head and the body, is
seen as the head being a compacted, condensed, more yang expression
of the body, and the body is seen as an expanded, soft, more yin
expression of the head.
The head, in this scenario,
is seen as being constructed of the lower limbs forming the lower
jaw, the upper limbs the upper jaw and the rib cage forms the
skull, with all the internal organs expressed as nervous tissue
inside the skull, as brain tissue. And the condition of the internal
organs is seen as expressed in the face as a inverse mirror image
of their location in the body. The following diagram illustrates
Taking this principle and
applying it in more detail to the face is shown in the following
Thus we have a 'topography'
of the internal organs of the body mapped on the face. There are
a couple of areas on the face that need to be mapped out which
are not shown in the above diagram. First, you will notice on
the skin of the forehead of every human being some horizontal
lines, usually between three and seven. These are normal. However,
if they stand out prominently so as to be noticeable, this is
an indication that the organs associated with this area are too
expanded, that is, too yin.
The organs "mapped"
on the the forehead are illustrated in the following diagram:
Another area we need to look
at is around the mouth, as in this illustration:
On the face of women, the purple crosses mark a spot on either
side of the mouth where an imaginary line drawn out from the corners
of the mouth to where the line etched on every human face which
goes from the sides of the nose around and down in a semicircle
to end approximately level with lips (the black lines in the diagram).
This spot shows the condition of the ovaries, the right side of
the face the right ovary and the left side, the left ovary.
The area inside the red line shows various aspects of the
uro-genital system, with the word Prostate showing where you look
for signs of prostate dysfunction.
This is a good place to pause until the next update (if you
are a regular visitor to "The Alchemycal Pages" you
will know updates occur approximately every 3 months). These next
three months what you do is observe people's faces very closely
but you only concentrate on ONE feature at a time.
From now until September, choose one feature of the human
face - say the nose this next 2 weeks, and just do nothing but
look at noses. Observe the nose of many different people over
the course of the 2 weeks, taking notes on the size and shape
and whether it is bent up or curved down, is it long or short,
flat on the face or prominent, is it clearly featured on the face
or does it seem to blend in to the face, does it have any blemishes,
spots, discolorations, what colors if discolored, are there any
swellings, does it appear swollen generally, and if not, where
is the swelling? Carry a notebook with you devoted to the study
of the human face, for you can do your observations anywhere -
on the bus, train and subway, in the cafe, sitting in the park,
taking up a suitable vantage on a street corner or market square
or while strolling down the street. Jot down all your observations,
make sketches and notes, noting every detail, the date and time
of day and weather patterns the day you make the observations,
and whether they are of a man or woman, and whether of a child,
teenager, adult, middle-aged or elderly person.
Do similar detailed obervations on the cheeks, upper lips,
lower lips, beneath the eyes, the eyes, the eyelids, between the
eyes, the forehead and the temples. Also do a study of ears..
If you spend two weeks on each that will be in time for the next
At this point do NOT try and figure out what it all means,
simply observe and let the facts you observe speak to you, and
we will continue our studies next time.
Before going into more detail on facial diagnosis a problem
arises when we are determining how we should eat in terms of yin
and yang. The problem is that we may have a yin constitution or
body-type and a yang condition and vice-versa. For if we have
a yin condition then we need to eat more yang to balance the condition,
but if we also have a yang constitution then we need to eat more
yin to balance the constitution. How do we solve this dilemma?
This will be addressed next in the discussion on how to diagnose
our constitution or body-type.
Comments or questions can be sent to the address below as I check
this address every few weeks. Please mention Alchemycal Pages in the
subject line. Thank you. Patricia
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