Spot positions, Acne locations and Chinese face mapping
Why do I get spots in certain places on my face and not others?
Have you ever wondered why you get a spot exactly at a particular location on your face?
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the spots on your face do not pop up randomly. Their position on your face is meaningful because in TCM different areas of the face relate to certain TCM organs. Each TCM organ carries with it both an emotional meaning and a connection to related body systems that need strengthening if a weakness (i.e. a pimple) is evident. The face is like a mirror of the body and mind.
Which TCM organs link to which areas of the face? Here is a Chinese face map to help with acne mapping:
It’s important to note that when we talk about TCM organs like the “Liver”, “Gall Bladder”, “Lungs”, “Heart” etc. we don’t mean the Western anatomical organs which we are familiar with. The TCM organs may have the same names but they relate to a theoretical “organ” which (slightly confusingly) has the same name. So just to clarify, when it is written below that there’s something wrong with your “Heart” region, this doesn’t mean you actually have something wrong with your anatomical heart, but rather with the TCM definition of the “Heart”. In addition, the related health and emotional implications of each TCM organ may sound bewilderingly unrelated to the organ in question (for example TCM “Kidneys” affect ear health and reproduction). Though it may sound strange given our knowledge of medicine and science, through thousands of years of carefully developed TCM theory, it all makes sense, so an open mind respecting the potential of ancient wisdoms is needed whilst reading this article.
The TCM theory is based on years of observation rather than hard scientific fact, so whilst it may be wise to take things with a pinch of salt, from personal experience I believe that being open-minded about it could lead to some interesting realizations about yourself and your current emotional and physical state.
So without further ado, let us look at what it means if you have acne, spots or pimples within the certain TCM organ zones of the face:
Spots in the Lung areas (on the lower cheek)
If you have spots in the lung zones it could indicate lung imbalances which are often found together with one or more of the following possible things:
On an emotional level
(usually applicable for short-term spots)
On a physical level
(usually applicable for long-term spots that always arise in the same places)
Emotions that may be related to spots popping up in the lung area of the face include:
Physical signs and symptoms sometimes found alongside long-term recurrent spots that occur in the lung region include:
Grief: Grief is the main emotion of the lungs. A period of life that has been associated with sadness and grief can lead to temporary spots popping up in the lung zones of the face.
Anecdotal story: One client of mine developed a single large spot exactly in the lung region following the saddening news that her partner wanted to end their relationship.
Immunity problems: This includes issues with keeping immunity up, so people are more likely to get a lot of coughs and colds, and generally catch everything that’s flying around. This is because in TCM the lungs are responsible for keeping a strong immune system.
Respiratory problems like issues with breathlessness and asthma
Skin problems other than acne, like eczema and psoriasis. Problems with skin elimination in general (a lung-related function according to TCM) can lead to spots and pimples.
Voice problems like issues with having a weak voice or an excessively loud voice
Sweating irregularities like too much sweating upon physical exertion or non-existent sweating upon physical exertion.
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