TCM Diagnosis – Lips observation

The most popular part of observation in Traditional Chinese Medicine is tongue observation! But from our lips, it can also tell us a lot about our digestive system health.

According to TCM theory, Spleen, Stomach and the digestive system in Chinese Medicine manifests on the lips.

1) Pale/Purple lips or lavender colour indicates a blood stasis (Purple) & a deficiency (Pale = Qi, Yang or Blood depending on other symptoms/clues).

Diet: easy to digest foods such as Yams, salmon, eggs, cooked greens, and spicy foods such as cinnamon, turmeric or garlic.

2) Red and cracked lips: Red shows HEAT, (from excess or Yin deficiency), and cracked shows lack of Body fluids.

Diet: cooling foods & hydrating (high water content foods such as cucumber) & lubricating foods (such as avocado, seeds…).

3) Bluish tint/purple lips: Excess cold (blue) & Blood stasis (Purple).

Diet: warm foods such as soups & stews, and spicy foods such as garlic, turmeric & cinnamon which increase blood circulation.

4) Pale & very cracked: Pale shows Qi, Yang or Blood depending on other symptoms/clues, and cracked lips indicate a body fluids deficiency.

Diet: easy to digest foods such as Yams, salmon, eggs, squash, and hydrating (broth) & lubricating foods (such as flax oil, walnut oil, and chia seeds).

Except the diet, acupuncture treatments or herbal medicine will treat the digestive problems from the root.Call oriental acupuncture clinic @ 416-800-3978 to set up your first appointment or book it online.

 

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