- Facial diagnosis. One of the more interesting things we studied was the ancient practice of facial diagnosis. By examining the face along with other physical characteristics, a holistic practitioner can recognize signs and symptoms that may indicate imbalance. The facial skin colour, location of colouration, bags under the eyes, wrinkles and other signs are a great indicator of where ‘nurture points’ might be. The picture below shows how the organs correspond to the different parts of the face.
- Specific healing diets. We all had to bring our own lunches over the five days, and ‘what’s in your lunchbox’ was a popular lunchtime discussion topic. Something that struck me was that there are many ‘healthy’ diets. Many of the lovely ladies I met had followed their own health journey, experiencing ups and downs along the way, leading them to a path of healing and many were following specific elimination diets to support further curing. The most common factor was eliminating gluten, one of the most destructive foods in the modern diet. If you haven’t already – I’d recommend cutting all gluten out of your diet if you are experiencing any kind of inflammatory health condition. The reasons for which I’ll save for another post.
- Tongue diagnosis. If our eyes are the windows to our souls, our tongues are the windows to our Qi energy (or vital force). Scalloping, cracks, colour and coating are all things that can tell a holistic healthcare practitioner about the deeper workings of your body. We studied each other’s tongues in great detail over the week, and it’s something I’m going to continue to do to unsuspecting friends. There’s a fun tool to see what your tongue might be telling you about your Qi here
- Nail signs. Weak, brittle nails aren’t just a sign of a poor diet, although that’s a major contributing factor. Lines and ridges on nails give an indication of mineral deficiencies or stress, and little while spots on the nail can indicate Zinc or Calcium deficiency specifically. Interestingly, the shape and size of the moons (or lunular) can give an indication of thyroid problems, which are common in NZ due to the lack of selenium in our soils. (Selenium is a key nutrient for stimulating healthy function of the thyroid gland)
If you know what to look for, the little signs our bodies give us can communicate deficiencies, and or points to nurture before they become long standing health issues.
Working with a holistic health practitioner who can interpret these signs, can go a long way to preventing, and reversing dis-ease. So go on, take a look in the mirror and listen to what your body is saying.