The Metal element in Traditional Chinese Medicine (also referred to as TCM) is responsible for managing the interface between internal and external energies. Further, the skin is a reflexive organ with a patchwork of reflex zones. Skin manifestations and their localization relative to reflex zones give us an indication of the energy or energies in our bodies that are not balanced.
This property stems from the huge energetic network of channels connecting the energy of the organs to the surface of the skin. It means that the skin reflects the internal activity of the body viewed from the outside.
Most people have heard of reflexology but they tend to think it is limited to the bottom of the feet or to the hands. Few people know that the entire skin surface has a reflective quality.
That is why proper skin evaluation by specially trained technicians can provide precious telltale signs. Most often, when something goes wrong inside the body, the skin lets us know in a visible way before it becomes a serious health condition.
It is only when we ignore the warning signs that the condition might evolve to a more critical stage. TCM-trained technicians have learned how to read the face since so much is happening there.
All five organic energies are reflected on the face. Hormonal energy is also reflected on the face. The face is a mirror of our internal activity.
The organ system reflected on each area of the face is identified by the color of the corresponding element.
Liver: in between the eyebrows
Gallbladder: temple areas
Heart: upper lip and tip of nose and around nostrils
Small Intestine: forehead
Spleen: bridge of nose and sides above the nostrils
Stomach: extension of the spleen area over the cheekbones, on both sides. Also the frontal part of the neck, below the jaw and between the large intestine areas
Lungs: cheeks extended from the corner of the mouth, along the jawbone to the ear, on both sides
Large intestine: extension of lung area down the side of the neck, on both sides
Kidney: lower part of the circle around the eyes
Bladder: upper part of the circle around the eyes, as well as hairline, above the forehead
Chin area, below below the lower lip, the width of the mouth, and down to the jawbone
The skin is a diagnostic tool and when we combine a wonderful observation with working on the reflex zones, a unique, holistic, even curative effect is the result.