Face Reading

Face Reading in Chinese Medicine (Simply Explained)

Face reading in Chinese Medicine is the art of determining someone’s state of health by looking at their facial features. In other words, doctors can read the patient’s faces to define their current state of health.

In Chinese medicine, there are 5 main organs in the human body, which are the heart, stomach and spleen, lungs, kidney, and liver, which correspond to the element of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood respectively.

Each organ of the body, in turn, is associated with many facial features appearing on your face.

The Chinese say that your facial features such as eyes, noses, and lips can reveal a lot of information about your health status. Especially, when you have many moles on your face, they can even indicate your past or potential future sickness.

Therefore, in this post, I will guide you through the 5 main organs and their associations in your face. I will also provide you with a guideline on how to read your facial features to determine your current health status.

This is just a summary of what Lillian Bridges wrote in her book “Face Reading in Chinese Medicine“.

This is a very powerful tool because you can use it to tell if someone is healthy, sexually strong, or have an abundance of Qi.

Please follow the list below to a specific organ:

  1. Heart
    1. Nose Tip
    2. Tongue
  2. Stomach and Spleen
    1. Mouth
    2. Philtrum/Upper Lips
  3. Lungs
  4. Kidney
    1. Ears
    2. Area under the Eyes
  5. Liver
    1. Eyebrows
    2. Jaw

Disclaimer: The knowledge in this article suggests possibilities, not facts.

1. Heart

The main function of the heart is to process blood. In Chinese face reading, we look at the tips of the nose and tongue to determine the state of the heart’s health.

Nose Tip

When reading someone’s nose tip, we need to look at the color of the nose tip.

If the tip of your nose is pale, it means you have a blood shortage or lack of blood flow in your heart or body, which can cause poor circulation and coldness in your extremities.

A white nose tip signifies either a blood deficit or a lack of blood flow; if it looks pinched and white all of a sudden, it might be an indication of angina pectoris.

When the tip of the nose turns red, it indicates that the emotions or a part of the body is inflamed. This might also be a symptom of the body retaining too much heat or having a naturally high body temperature.

The presence of a purple nose tip indicates blood stagnation or pooling, which can lead to clotting. This is a serious symptom that indicates inadequate cardiac muscle tone and the possibility of a heart attack in the near future.

An artificial puffiness of the tip of the nose is another worrisome indication that suggests possible congestion and stagnation in the heart or lungs.

A genetic heart deficiency is indicated by a line beneath the nose, below the tip, and between the nostrils.


The tongue, according to Chinese face reading, should have vitality.

When the tongue is pale red, pliable, and somewhat wet, it indicates a healthy heart Qi. This demonstrates healthy blood flow and vigor.

Fiery people have very thin pointed tongues, which denotes that they have a lot of fire energy.
It is a sign of blood insufficiency if the tongue is particularly pale or thin.

When the tongue turns red, it indicates that there is too much heat in the body.

A purple tongue signifies blood stagnation, and bluing implies coldness.

Excess moisture is indicated by a swollen or excessively wet tongue.

When the tongue becomes dry and withered, it indicates that the heart is in bad shape.

2. Stomach and Spleen

The 2 main areas related to the stomach and the spleen on the face are the mouth and the philtrum.


The firmness of the lips reflects the muscle tone of the digestive organs and the body.

Lips that are thick, full, tight, and have a strong texture represent the spleen’s strength. This suggests that the body and digestive organs have excellent muscular tone.

Firm lips are a good indicator for a singer because they indicate that the diaphragm muscle, which aids in sound production, is strong. Singing is an earthy expression that comes from sound.

The larger and more intense the sound that can be emitted, the larger the muscular tone of the lips.

When the lips puff out, the voice has a grainier quality to it, and persons with this feature gain weight quickly all over their body.

The spleen is insufficient when the lips are too thin. People with thin lips have difficulty retaining nutrition. They have difficulty gaining weight.

Philtrum/Upper Lips

Above the upper lip on each side of the philtrum is the greatest spot to examine for current stomach function. This location also denotes problems with nurturing.

When this region is full, clear, and pink, the stomach is operating properly. If this region is hollow, it implies that stomach function and self-nurturing are both lacking.

When the philtrum is bordered with many vertical lines extending from the top lip, it indicates excessive care for others at the expense of oneself.

When the skin of the upper lips is too tight, food intake is severely restricted. This expression is commonly seen when someone is on a diet.

The presence of redness in this location indicates an overabundance of fire in the stomach. The stomach is frozen if this region is white.

The stomach is responsible for balancing the five tastes so that the five elements are delivered to the body as essences derived from food. When the top lip line is exceptionally refined, it indicates that the person has a very sensitive sense of taste.

3. Lungs

The element of the lungs is metal, which is associated with the immune system of the body in Chinese Medicine. It is also related to our breathing ability.

By “breathing”, I mean that not only your noses breathe, but your skins, pores, and whole-body also know how to breathe.

However, in this section, we only consider the nose to determine a person’s state of health.

Because the nose is the first filter for air and temperature, respiratory allergies are thought to be the result of a hyperactive immune reaction to tiny particles. When allergies first appear in childhood, this is a symptom of extremely powerful lung Qi.

When reading the face, the size of the nose is proportional to the size of the lungs within the body cavity. Larger noses are said to have more fundamental lung strength, whereas tiny noses have less lung capacity.

When the nose is consistently congested or the sinuses are persistently enlarged, this is referred to as lung stagnation. Thus, the entire nose may appear slightly grey or purple.

The breath is supposed to flow easily, and this is a signal of healthy lungs. When the flow of this fluid is obstructed, mucus congeals.

Sneezing is a method of removing an irritant or a mucus blockage from the nose. This can help to restore respiratory system balance and is originally an indication of lung strength.

Because so much air is wasted in each convulsive blast, sneezing that becomes repeated might lead to lung deficiency. Coughing is another method of expelling mucus.

Stagnation happens when the lungs are unable to expel mucus. When stagnation gets severe, it can cause lung disorders such as sinusitis and bronchitis, and can eventually lead to pneumonia or pleurisy.

4. Kidney

In Chinese medicine, your kidney is the reservoir of your Jing. It holds the primordial yin energy and is related to your sexual function. That is, the stronger the kidneys, the more powerful your sexuality.

When the Chinese interpret faces, they look at the ears and the area under the ears to determine the strength of the kidney.


The hard but flexible ears’ cartilage demonstrates strong Jing. Both excess firmness and lacking strength of this feature are considered Jing problems. Significant changes in the ear anatomy also suggest a weakening of the Jing.

This might be due to occurrences in childhood that caused problems. The terror caused by these traumas and the energy expended in seeking to prevent such experiences from occurring again blocks the Jing.

This Jing is not lost, but it will not be available again until the individual identifies, clears, and steps out of the repeating cycle of existence and reconstitutes the Jing via personal experiences by acquiring insight and wisdom.

Area under the Eyes

Under the eyes is the perfect location to check for current physical kidney function. This is referred to as “unshed tears” in Chinese medicine.

The fresher the pain, the lighter the color. Pink represents current pain, purple represents earlier agony, while dark grey or black represents really old pain. If the entire eye socket seems black and gloomy, this might be a symptom of kidney illness.

Dehydration is indicated by any visible depression of the skin between the cheekbone and the under-eye region. When the skin becomes papery and dry, it indicates a lack of water in the body. If this region is hollowed and darkened, it is an indication of chronic dehydration, which can be caused by a number of factors.

A significant kidney deficit is indicated by the entire eye socket being darkened and dark.

Water retention or edema in the body is revealed as bags beneath the eyes. Because of the yin nature of the kidneys, this region is frequently white in appearance. The whiteness indicates a high level of dread, while the puffiness indicates excessive mineralization, which is rather normal.

5. Liver

A prominent Chinese face reader has said: “The stronger the liver, the higher the alcohol tolerance”. In face reading, only people with strong livers can handle drugs and alcohol. In Chinese medicine, the liver is regarded as the leader of the body who is in charge of fighting bacteria invaders.

The gallbladder, the head and neck, the sexual organs, and the visual element of the eyes are the linked organs and bodily functions of the liver system.

There are 2 main facial features to look at to determine the current status of the liver: the eyebrows and the jaw.


There is substantially less liver Qi when the eyebrows are naturally sparse, thin, or soft.

If the brow hairs get stronger and coarser, or if they develop in higher numbers, this means that the liver Qi is growing.

This frequently occurs after a liver cleansing or a continuous period of assertiveness, both of which are beneficial to the liver. This results in greater fighting abilities and a sensation of modest euphoria afterward.

Thick, wiry, or coarse brow hairs, as well as long or broad brows, all suggest a strong liver. All of these are indications of increased motivation, athleticism, rage, passion, or violence.

People with large eyebrows are capable of great rage and occasional aggressiveness. Even when this rage is suppressed, it has a frightening aspect to it, like a volcano that might erupt at any time. These folks have a lot of physical energy and also like exercising their bodies.

Any change in the eyebrows created by hair falling out or thinning is an indication of a failing liver. Hair loss during chemotherapy is a sign of an overworked liver.


Future liver strength can be found in the jaw. The firmer the bearer’s jaw, the more firmly the person holds personal convictions and the more eager the person is to fight. This is an indication of a liver that is very robust.

When the jaw is gripped excessively tightly, the liver Qi becomes excessive, resulting in tension headaches.

The liver Qi is hyperactive if the jaw protrudes and produces heavy jowls. This is the characteristic that demonstrates a desire for dominance.

When the jaw is thin or the structure is delicate, it suggests that an individual is peaceful and tolerant.

When the structure of the jaw weakens, as evidenced in drooping skin there, it indicates a lack of determination. If the jaw structure is damaged, it indicates that the liver Qi is severely weakened.

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