When something is wrong with our health, we usually run to the doctor and begin to take a bunch of all kinds of tests. Or, on the contrary, we go around the clinic as far as possible, without attaching importance to the emerging failures in the body. Perhaps carry! But it turns out that even a preliminary diagnosis can be made independently, just by looking at your own reflection in the mirror. True, for this you will need some special knowledge.
All this, in general, is not new. The great Aristotle was still engaged in physiognomy or the science of the face. Some people have the innate skills to quickly determine by the face that we have “the soul”. We are surprised when a fortuneteller on the street quickly and almost accurately identifies our emotional state, and sometimes even guesses the diseases that we suffer from. The main “clue” to her in this lesson is our own face. With an emotional state everything is more or less clear. Representatives of a round, oblong, square, triangular and trapezoidal faces have very specific features of character and this has been known since time immemorial. But how can facial features diagnose diseases?
It turns out that diseases leave their indelible imprint on the patient’s face. In due time N.I. Pirogov even compiled the atlas “Patient’s Face”. He argued that almost every disease leaves its characteristic mark on a person’s face. However, the diagnostic method for the face has gained special popularity in the countries of the East (especially in China and Korea). No experienced doctor trained in Tibetan medicine can diagnose without a thorough examination of the patient’s face. Since then, many followers of physiognomy have appeared.
Let’s start with the most common diseases of the heart and blood vessels. By facial features, for example, myocardial infarction can be predicted. The most reliable diagnostic sign of a possible cardiac “catastrophe” is a violation of sensitivity, up to numbness of the skin area between the chin and lower lip. If you rise higher from this zone, then the presence of a deep wrinkle between the lip and nose indicates a defect in the heart valve. Beginning heart failure manifests itself on the face with periodic blue lips. If you notice this for yourself, this is a serious reason for contacting a doctor.
An important sign of increased load on the heart and circulatory organs is a deep and elongated nasolabial fold on both sides. Narrow back of the nose indicates heart neurosis.
A red, bumpy nose with streaks of blood vessels indicates a high level of blood pressure. Low blood pressure is often manifested by a blue-red coloration of the nose.
The heart wings are reminiscent of nasal wings,
which have a blue-red color, and circulatory disorders, the pallor of the auricles with a characteristic waxy shade.
An important diagnostic area is whiskey. A curved temporal artery protruding under the skin with sharp contours in combination with periodic redness of the face indicate a frequent and sharp increase in blood pressure. Such people are highly likely to have a hypertensive crisis.
One of the signs of heart problems can be the cheeks. If the left cheek is hollow, a heart disease can be suspected. An indirect sign of early circulatory disturbance at a young age is premature graying of hair.
A short neck indicates a predisposition to heart disease. In addition to heart problems, the threat of early brain sclerosis is very real for the owner of a short neck.
Numerous so-called “cosmetic” imperfections on the face can also indicate serious health problems. So, for example, bags under the eyes, as well as swelling of the face as a whole, indicate possible problems with the kidneys or with the thyroid gland.
Dark circles under the eyes can suddenly “tell” about a whole complex of diseases.
The most common acne is generally a real “map” of diseases
located on our face. Depending on their location, it is possible to diagnose diseases of the reproductive system, as well as problems with the gastrointestinal tract, nervous and endocrine systems, as well as many other disorders.
But this is far from all! An experienced doctor can evaluate the patient’s health even by the condition of his skin (its color, degree of dryness, etc.).
But nevertheless, it is most possible to “calculate” the diseases of the central nervous system by the face. American researchers have recently developed a special program for this that can recognize diseases and genetic syndromes. The computer, analyzing the facial features of the patient, helps doctors with little experience to make a diagnosis. Using photographs of patients, the computer was trained to recognize such rare pathologies as Cornelia de Lange syndrome, fragile chromosome syndrome, and Williams-Boyren syndrome.
The new program presents the face in the form of a diagram of 48 points. Comparing the position of these points and the distance between them with information from the database, the computer recognizes pathologies.
The first attempts gave the correct diagnosis in 60% of cases. When adjustments were made, and the program began to pay more attention to the eyes,
nose, mouth and chin, the effectiveness increased to 76%. Previous work turned out to be less successful – insufficient attention was paid to evaluating the parameters of a person in aggregate.
It is very important that the new program allows you to make a preliminary diagnosis long before the appearance of other clinical manifestations of the disease. And this is very important in the case of genetic pathologies. After all, it is possible to timely conduct a medical intervention, which will greatly facilitate the course of the patient’s disease in the future.
By the way, German scientists conducted an independent examination of a new computer diagnostic method. “For identification” the program was offered 55 photographs of people with various pathologies. An accurate diagnosis was made in 76% of cases.
The new program will help scientists find out what ailments the ancient Egyptians suffered. For this, several surviving drawings have recently been investigated. We studied the color portraits found in the oldest burial mummies, which are now stored in the British Museum in London and in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Many portraits depict people suffering from progressive facial hematrophy – a disease in which facial features are distorted.