Taz Bhatia, M.D., is a board-certified physician and professor at Emory University who specializes in integrating mainstream medicine with holistic practices. To learn more, check out her NEW mindbodygreen class, The Doctor's Guide to Hormonal Imbalance.
Your face tells a story about your health. In fact, understanding the specific areas of your face that are tied to hormones can help you understand what's going on with your hormones even before you have a laboratory evaluation.
We have older systems of medicine to thank for "face mapping," or tying areas of the face to different organ systems of the body. Chinese medicine, in particular, developed the art of face mapping, with entire systems and branches of medicine devoted just to this discipline. Ayurvedic medicine also believed in studying the face for clues as to what may lie brewing beneath the surface.
Take a few minutes to really get to know your face. Look at the color, tone, areas of rashes or irritation, and fine lines or wrinkles. These are all clues to your body chemistry and your hormones. Here's what these signs can tell you: