All posts by Guest Author: Sonya Patel, LAC, Dipl OM (NCCAOM), FABORM

Sonya Patel, certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, brings over 10 years of experience to Sugar Land. Sonya earned valedictory status in both undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Houston and the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. She is one of the nation’s few to be able to practice in China, where she completed her residency. Sonya is one of Houston’s first to be credentialed in facial acupuncture renewal and fertility acupuncture. She brings a unique and unmatched expertise in facial rejuvenation by using painless techniques with a holistic approach. She is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, and works closely with area reproductive endocrinologists. Sonya Patel, LAC frequently speaks at local hospitals and conferences. Sonya is a researcher and proud to be published in medical journals with leading doctors from MD Anderson Cancer Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Memorial Hermann, and Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Hospital in the acupuncture and nutrition fields. Sonya has been recognized by New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering to treat cancer patients for side effects without inhibiting their medical regimen. She is the co-author of TCM Clinical Handbook for Fertility and has written articles for newspapers and magazines. Sonya has been featured on radio shows and often treats celebrities, musicians, and athletes.

The Art of Facial Reading

For thousands of years, the Chinese have diagnosed people by looking at their faces. Much can be revealed by facial observation such as illness, energy blockage (qi stagnation), energy deprivation (qi deficiency), fertility problems, emotional history and even diabetes. Traditional Chinese masters look at the skin color, wrinkles, area of wrinkles, and skin thickness to diagnosis.

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READING BETWEEN THE LINES Wrinkles on the face can tell you about your health and emotional well-being.

Horizontal Forehead wrinkles
Possibly a history of grief, or possibly some intestine problems, i.e. chronic constipation

Vertical wrinkle between the eyes
Easily irritated or annoyed

Horizontal line between the eyes
Pancreas line; if the line is:

  • White: hypoglycemia
  • Purple: hyperglycemia
  • Green: insulin/diabetes
  • Red: inflammation

Wrinkles curving down from the corner of the eye to the cheek
Sadness/possibly grief

Wrinkles curving upwards from the corner of the eye to the eyebrow
Happiness

Horizontal wrinkles above the lips
History of hysterectomy

Vertical wrinkles above the lips
History of smoking or drinking from straw frequently.

COLORS OF THE FACE

  • Red/Purple Blood stagnation, pain in the body
  • Green- Live or Gallbladder problems; possibly other cancerous problems.
  • Yellow– Jaundice, Liver, Gallbladder illness
  • Brown “Liver Spots”, less energy flowing in the liver and gallbladder channels. These people may suffer with something simple as sciatic pain to more complex, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Dark spots on the lower lips can indicate constipation and digestive tract problems.
  • Black- Kidney (possible failure or on dialysis). People will blackness under their eyes could have fertility problems or early menopause. Darkness under the eyes could also be a sign of B vitamin deficiency.
  • Pink Normal
  • Bright red- Broken capillaries; indication that the heart is not circulating blood efficiently. Tip of the nose redness indicates high blood pressure.
  • Dark Purple High blood pressure or rosacea.
  • Grey Swollen, Hard liver (cirrhosis or the liver or scleroderma)
  • White Over consumption of dairy
  • Pale Asthma, allergies, lung weakness

WHAT CAN HELP?
Organic face products can help cosmetically and constitutionally. Essential oils paired with the right base can penetrate the skin and help systematically. Salve [all natural and organic skin care] products can deliver just the right amount of essentials to help decrease wrinkles and rebalance skin texture and color.

Written By:
Sonya Patel, LAC, Dipl OM (NCCAOM), FABORM
Mirvana Acupuncture, Sugar Land, Texas
281-491-0110
www.mirvacu.com

References:
Bridges, L. (2013, February). Facial Diagnosis Lecture. Southwest Symposium, Austin, Texas.

Patel, S.  and Graham, L. (2007, May). Cosmetic Acupuncture-Part I Lecture.  TCM Specialists. Clearlake City, Texas.

Wakefield, E. (2006, May). Advanced Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal Certification Lecture. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York, New York.

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