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Constitutional Diagnosis /Facial Diagnosis/
It is now January 2001, and we have had plenty of time to
observe the features on the faces of many people where we live,
and if you have been making these observations, of people's noses,
mouths and lips, eyes, cheeks etc., you will no doubt have found
it to be a fascinating study. Here is the illustration of the
face of again:
So, with this 'topography of the internal organs' on the face
in mind when we observe ourselves and other people, what do we
The main feature we look for in any area of the face is swelling
and/or tightness. I need to emphasize that the ability to do facial
diagnosis is an art we need to practise daily in order to get
good at. The main requirement for getting to be good at any art
is practise, daily practise. Facial diagnosis as an art is relatively
easy compared to other artistic pursuits, as the instrument required
to perform this art is one of the most amazing artistic creations
ever, your eyes. In order to develop facility in facial diagnosis
we need to pay keen attention to the details revealed when we
observe our or another person's face.
As we do this on a daily basis we begin to develop a "feel"
for what is the "normal" so that we can gradually discern
when a particular area of the face is puffy and swollen, or tight
Using the map of the face, wherever we see an area that is
puffy and swollen, this signifies the organ corresponding to the
area is swollen and enlarged. For example, if we notice that the
tip of the nose, which corresponds to the heart, is swollen and
expanded, then this means the heart is swollen and expanded.
In terms of yin and yang, puffy and swollen is the result
of too much yin, and tightness and drawn in is from too much yang.
Too much yin and yang what, you may ask? The foods and liquids
ingested on a daily basis and to learn what foods are more yin
and what foods are more yang, go to the Introduction
and look at the "Spectrum of Human Foods" there.
One area of the face that is important to note is that under
the eyes. Looking closely at every human being under the eyes,
you will notice a thin line etched in the skin drawn from the
corner of the eye down and outward toward the periphery of the
eye. The area above this line, between it and the eye itself,
corresponds to the kidney - left eye, left kidney, right eye,
right kidney. Below this line is the area which corresponds to
what I call "general intestinal condition", underneath
both eyes, below the line etched in the skin.
This actually all we need to learn, for all practical purposes:
whether a person's facial features are more puffy and swollen,
or tight and contracted, as this means their overall condition
is either too yin or too yang. Once we know this then we simply
start eating a daily dietary intake which eliminates the excesses
and extremes, and start eating cooked whole grains and vegetables,
seaweeds, and miso soup and there are many pages in The Alchemycal
Pages where you can get this information.
One extremely important point about the macrobiotic approach
to healing is that it is NOT a medicine, and has absolutely nothing
to do with any medicine of any description, whether ancient or
modern, east or west, north or south. Really. Macrobiotics is
so far superior to any possible medicine that it would be possible
for the human intellect to devise that it is unseemly to even
mention the word medicine in the same breath as macrobiotics.
Please understand this - macrobiotics is so superior to any possible
medicine already or yet to be devised by the human intellect that
it is a gross misunderstanding and misrepresentation of macrobiotics
to even use the word medicine in the context of healing.
This is, "in truth, certainly, and without a doubt"
(Hermes Trismesgistus - The Emerald Tablet), due to the undeniable
fact, to anyone who actually paying attention, that the human
organism is a work of artistic spiritual creation into which the
capacities for it's self-healing are worked into the basic texture
of the organism. This is so because the "wisdom in your body
is deeper than your deepest philosophy"(Nietszche) and it
is utter folly to imagine that the human intellect divorced and
sundered as it is today from the wisdom of the heart is anything
but a clever trickster with an infinite capacity to deceive itself
into thinking it actually knows anything. And we are living in
time today in which we demonstrate every day on all corners of
the globe that we are undoubtedly the most pig ignorant humanity
that has ever existed - and this is actually an insult to pigs,
who undoubtedly know a great deal more than the we do! So, my
apologies to the porcine soul if I have offended you.
And what of the human intellect married to the wisdom of the
heart? If, in this happy state, one observes the human organism,
one can only get down one's knees and offer up one's reverence
and devotion to the Spiritual Beings - the Spirits of Wisdom,
The Spirits of Form, The Spirits of Fire, The Spirits of Movement,
to name a few - who are the one's responsible for fashioning the
human organism. And they are doing this every second of every
day. Thus we do NOT mess with it, knowing our ignorance is profound
in the face of this deep wisdom, which has brought the human organism
in respect of physicality, to the peak of its possible perfection.
The human physical sheath or body is today a stunning artistic,
spiritual creation, completely awesome in its workings down to
the very last detail.
Anyone who imagines that the human physical organism is made
up of atoms and cells which function according to the laws of
physics and chemistry is seriously mad, mentally ill. Since the
WHOLE WORLD suffers under this cretinous delusion we can only
but admit that there is a currently ongoing and has been for several
decades a mass epidemic of profound human insanity - and this
will only increase as time goes on. In short, the human species
is currently digging its own grave, and the very efficient tool,
the broad and powerful shovel which is being used to dig our grave
daily is.... modern scientific thinking. In so many words, modern
scientific thinking is a mental illness!
It is hard to tell whether looking at life through test-tube
eyes and microscope fingers is the result or cause of this mental
So, enough of that, let me get back to the subject I am discussing,
Thus, we are NOT doing diagnosis in order to devise a TREATMENT
for a particular organ or condition. What we are doing is determining
whether our condition is more yin or more yang, and whether our
constitution is more yin or yang. We then use the general recommendations
I have on the Constitutional Diagnosis page (link at the top of
the page) to arrange our dietary intake and we start on our macrobiotic
journey of self-healing.
If we want to fine tune our diet - and really, this is not
necessary for at least two or three years, then we can use the
particular areas of the face where we specifically see swelling
and or contraction to identify which organs need more help. Having
identified these, we then go to the Healing
With The Seasons pages where I have details on the different
paired organs and which foods, grains and vegetables, support
these organs, along with menus for each of the five paired organs.
Then we can look for spots and blemishes on the skin of the
face. These mean that wherever they are located on the face, the
particular organ that corresponds to that area is undergoing a
detoxification or discharge, or, if the blemish is chronic or
longstanding, like a mole, it means that there is a stagnated
area on that organ that has been there for a long time, since
the blemish first appeared. In the case of moles, these signify
gatherings of stagnated animal protein in the organ in question.
For example, if the mole is found between the eyes, this means
the gathering of stagnated and toxic animal protein is in the
liver. One common place where you often see this mole, and it
is ironically referred to as a "beauty mark", is on
women on the area corresponding to the ovaries. So, this means
the ovary is seriously stagnated and that women have female organ
problems who have this particular "beauty mark".
Generally, we have white, black, brown, yellow and red spots
emerging on the skin. White spots mean excess dairy - milk and
cream, ice cream, butter, whereas yellow means cheese. Black means
toxic heavy metals, brown/dark brown means animal protein, and
red means any kind of refined sugar - glucose, fructose, lactose,
Now, when we are talking about discolorations of the skin
in distinction to the spots, they have a different signification.
These discolorations are red, blue/black, white or pale, yellow
and yellow-red. They signify - irrespective of where they show
up on the face - that the organs corresponding to these colors
are under duress.
Red signifies heart/small intestine; blue/black signifies
kidney/bladder; white/pale signifies lungs/large intestine; yellow
signifies liver/gall bladder; and reddish-yellow signifies spleen-pancreas/stomach.
Thus, wherever these show up on the face it signifies those
organs are under stress. For example, of we have blue discoloration
of the skin in the area corresponding to the stomach, this means
both the stomach AND the kidneys are in a toxic condition.
A very common example is the blue/dark circles people have
around their eyes. These mean the kidneys are under considerable
The green color is a special case. Now, when you see this
green color, for it to carry the meaning it signifies, the discloration
must be clearly green and stand out well demarcated on the skin.
If this is the case, this clearly demarcated green discoloration
signifies that the organ corresponding to the area where it shows
up is cancerous.
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