Your Face Never Lies

Chatting with a massage therapist buddy of mine recently, the topic of facial diagnosis came up. This was a concept he had never heard of and was immediately fascinated by the idea that different parts of one's face could reveal information about the condition of their internal organs. The skill in reading this was well-honed by my shiatsu teacher, which, of course, made us all uncomfortable when he gazed on us a little too long.


Your Face Never Lies, by macrobiotic guru, Michio Kushi, offers an introduction, with a decidely macro slant, to Oriental diagnosis.

While the information to be gleaned from this book should be taken with a grain of sea salt, and not be used to freak yourself or other people out (saying to a friend, for example, OMG! I can tell by your nose that you're headed for a massive heart attack!), it still is interesting to see how certain things do bear out in reality.

The thinking behind this way of observing a person's condition comes from the idea that, while in utero, our features, as well as limbs, develop in tandem with our internal organs. So, the shape and development of say, one's mouth, nose, chin, eyes, etc, would be more reflective of one's constitution.. what you're born with.. while the color and condition of the skin would be more indicative of the health of that organ.

For example, the area under the eyes represents the kidneys. Dark circles here can be caused by adrenal fatigue.. adrenals being located sitting atop the kidneys. The lungs are reflected in the cheeks, and people who smoke or have other lung issues can be found with sallow, sagging skin here.

The tip of the nose can reveal the condition of the heart ... a red, swollen appearance could be indicative of some future heart problems. (This was one of the examples pointed out by my shiatsu teacher.. using photos of Bill Clinton throughout his presidency, and leading up to his heart operation. Check it out for yourself.. it's fascinating to see the shape of his nose change through the years.)

At 77 pages, I would say it's a fun little book to play around with, though I will respectfully criticize some of the illustrations... (pen and ink drawings that remind me of Freshman year art class) ...they are a little scary.

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