When I first got started on my path to natural healing I was introduced to the Art of Visual Diagnosis by Macrobiotic pioneer, Michio Kushi.
I had been diagnosed with “incurable” thyroid disease.
But, instead of taking the recommended dose of radioactive iodine to destroy my thyroid, I attended a Macrobiotic Conference in Vermont to get a second opinion (so to speak).
It was there that I joined a visual diagnosis workshop and counseling session led by Michio.
There were about fifty participants in the room, and each of us took a turn sitting up at the front of the class while the master diagnostician worked his craft. He spent just a few moments looking at each of us and then gave feedback.
I was amazed at how accurate his assessments were with each person simply by looking at them.
Soon enough it was my turn in the hot seat.
I sat down beside him and he looked at my eyes and the skin on my face, he gently touched my swollen neck and goiter, and then he looked at my hands and fingernails.
It took approximately sixty seconds for him to come up with an assessment of my condition.
He pointed to my neck and said, “Too much frozen dairy.”
What?! How the heck did he know that???
That was spot on!
At the time of my diagnosis, I was eating non-fat frozen yogurt every day.
He said, “Your thyroid condition can be cured in four months. But, that’s not the biggest problem you have.”
He continued, “If you don’t change your diet and lifestyle right now, you will have breast cancer in both your breasts within five years.”
What?! I didn’t come here for a diagnosis of breast cancer!
I was only 28 years old at that time. That means, according to his visual assessment, I would have breast cancer by my early 30’s.
I was completely shocked!
How could he diagnose breast cancer in the future just by looking at me now? No blood test, no mammogram, nothing.
I was dumbfounded and I believe his disease-preventative assessment was correct.
From the time I was a teenager, I had experienced deep throbbing pain in both of my breasts during menstruation. Swelling and discomfort are quite normal around the monthly cycle, but excruciating pain indicates something else.
Pain in the body indicates stagnant energy.
If the flow of energy is blocked anywhere it can be a warning sign that there is dysfunction in an organ system, and that can lead to a host of problems including the inability to breakdown and discharge cancer cells.
Plus, my mom had breast cancer.
So his diagnosis was a HUGE wake-up call for me.
BTW, he didn’t ask me if I had any pain. He was only looking at the texture and tone, and discolorations along my body’s energy pathways.
The only thing he didn’t get correct was the timeline to heal my thyroid condition.
It didn’t take four months, it took almost two years, and it did heal.
After that visual assessment, I became fascinated with the ancient teachings about diagnosis and prevention of disease.
I studied visual diagnosis, chakra diagnosis, shiatsu, Chinese medicine, meditation, food and healing, plant medicine, and I even studied at the Kushi Institute with Michio himself. He was a great teacher.
Visual assessment was the first assessment tool that helped me understand the body better. It is an ancient practice used by traditional healers to discover the strengths and weaknesses, and health (or lack of health) within the body.
Once awareness of what’s happening inside the body becomes evident, it can be used to prevent an illness from manifesting.
The process of visual assessment begins by looking at the face because it’s the first thing we notice about someone.
The face is the sensory center of the body and can tell you almost everything you need to know about a person’s physical and/or emotional condition.
- The mouth is the entrance to the digestive tract.
- The nose is the entrance to the respiratory system.
- The eyes are directly connected to the optic nerve, brain, and nervous system.
- The ears are the auditory system (hearing) and connected to the health of the kidneys.
For example, if the respiratory system has been compromised by a virus (flu or cold), you can see the internal inflammation on the outside of the nose which is the entranceway to the respiratory system. Even before you start blowing your nose to relieve the buildup of mucus, the nostrils will become red, itchy and inflamed.
Another example would be someone that has twitching, flitting eyes, that dart about the room and do not have a steady gaze. This indicates a person’s nervous system and/or mind is on edge, agitated and not relaxed.
The practitioner’s job is to decipher where energy may be stagnant, excessive, or deficient, and offer suggestions to alleviate the condition.
From there, the client can choose to alter their diet and lifestyle, or not.
It’s important to understand that the person assessing the condition does not actually heal the patient, he/she guides them to an awareness of what may be happening inside their body and mind.
I find this knowledge fascinating, and it’s what I have been using in my practice for over two decades to help me understand my client’s dietary, herbal and lifestyle needs better.
It’s also what I teach my students and fellow health practitioners in my New Healers Master Coaching program.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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