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What Your Face Says about Your Health and Whether You are Pregnant

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According to Dr. Oz, the ancient health practice of face reading is making a comeback as he explains what it can mean for thousands of viewers who want to be proactive about their own health.

“When you look into the mirror at your face, what do you see? For thousands of years Chinese healers have practiced a diagnostic technique called “face reading”…that holds powerful clues about your internal organs,” says Dr. Oz, adding that your doctor uses some of these clues too, and tells viewers how they can detect illness before their doctor does, just by looking into a mirror.

With Dr. Oz is special guest Lillian Pearl Bridges, a professor of Chinese Medicine and face reading expert who for the past 25 years has been bridging the gap between the ancient art of Chinese healing and Western Medicine. Ms. Bridges believes that she can help people get in touch with their bodies and their health by teaching them how to read their own face and prevent the diseases that they fear the most.

“I come from a long line of master face readers,” says Ms. Bridges. “I learned early on that your face is a roadmap for your health. You can recognize what’s going on inside your body by studying the lines, the color and the contours of your face.”

Ms. Bridges explains that face reading is about making observations of changes that occur on your face that are a reflection of what is going on inside your body. By learning your face map, she tells viewers that they too can take an active role in diagnosing health problems that are developing in their body before their doctor detects other signs of disease.

On stage, Ms. Bridges showed Oz viewers that their face map has identifiable regions on the skin of the face that are linked to the various organs within the body. For example the lungs occupy the left and right cheeks while the region for the heart lies on the tip of the nose and the reproductive organs lie over the philtrum between the lips and the base of the nose. The kidneys are associated with the facial region below the lower eyelids, while the eyes themselves are associated with the liver. The chin, she says, holds information about the health of your bladder and kidneys.

The following is a summary of some signs to look for on your face map to assess how your body is doing internally regarding its health and the presence of potential disease:

Face Map Sign #1: The whites of your eyes

“The whites of the eyes is the place where the current function of the liver is assessed,” says Ms. Bridges who explains that noticing a yellowish tint to the sclera of the eyes is an indication that your liver is not functioning properly leading to a buildup of specific biochemicals that cause discoloration of the eyeballs.

Dr. Oz adds that in med school students are taught to pull down the patient’s eyelids to see if there is any jaundice (yellowing) occurring indicating a potential liver problem.

Face Map Sign #2: The tip of your nose

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Ms. Bridges tells viewers that the color of the tip of your nose can be indicative of disease affecting the heart. While she states that redness could be just from too much sun exposure, it can also mean that you have some inflammation going on within the arteries of the heart. Furthermore, some purple discoloration of the tip of the nose as well as puffiness and edema is an indication of blood clotting developing that needs to be assessed by a physician before a serious medical condition develops.

Face Map Sign #3: Between the top of the lips and the base of nose

“This is a very good place to tell about fertility,” says Ms. Bridges. “The philtrum is supposed to look plump and full and deep and wide—a really good sign of fertility. But if it’s narrow or shallow and lined or pale it may mean that there is something a little off, maybe not enough blood or some other physical issues. And, it can also tell you if someone is pregnant, says Ms. Bridges explaining that the philtrum becomes puffy and pink during pregnancy with a little tell-tale red spot indicative of the attachment of a placenta to the uterus.

Face Map Sign #4: The cheeks

“Most of the time people are not breathing in deep enough, and so you are going to see very hollow, sunken-in lines of the cheek area,” says Ms. Bridges who tells viewers that if they are breathing correctly that their cheeks will appear plumper from the deeper breathing in and out. However, if the cheeks are sunken-in, then this means that you are breathing shallower, possibly from stress, and that you are not oxygenating your body enough.

In agreement with Ms. Bridges is special guest Dr. David A. Friedman a cardiologist who says he uses face reading in diagnosing his cardiac patients.

“If I see somebody who has changes in their skin in one way or another, this could suggest a thyroid problem, a heart problem, a kidney insufficiency. The face is a very sensitive organ,” says Dr. Friedman.

To help viewers diagnose their own face map Dr. Oz and his special guests list the following signs you can look for and what it may mean:

Creasing of the ear lobes means that your blood pressure varies quite a bit and may be indicative of heart troubles.

Fatty deposits on your eye lids is a sign of free floating cholesterol that is not being processed the way it should in the body and instead is appearing as unnatural deposits indicating elevated cholesterol levels due to digestive problems as well as problems with the liver and gall bladder.

Sunken and hollow eye sockets are indicative of severe kidney insufficiency that affects the fluid homeostasis in the body. Furthermore, Ms. Bridges points out that it is very indicative of loss of internal energy referred to as “Jing” (or Ching) that Chinese medicine considers very important for overall health and longevity. Jing (or Ching) is the expression of vitality and life essence in each person’s body, so depletion or loss of it means poor health for an individual.

To find out what signs that you can look for that indicate you are undergoing premature aging—and what you can do about it—click on the link titled, “Warning Signs of Premature Aging: Causes and Solutions.”

Reference: The Dr. Oz Show― “What Your Face Reveals About Your Health”