When I first got started on my path to natural healing I was introduced to the Art of Visual Diagnosis by a healer named 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 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.
His assessments were spot on 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???
At the time of my diagnosis, I was eating non-fat frozen yogurt every day and it was not supporting my health.
He said, “Your thyroid condition can be healed 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.”
I was only 28 years old at that time. That means, according to his assessment, I would have breast cancer by my early 30’s.
I was 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 the truth is, his wise assessment of my condition was spot on.
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.
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 break down and discharge cancerous cells.
Plus, my mom had breast cancer, and her illness is what inspired me to look at alternative options in the first place.
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 did NOT get correct was the timeline to heal my thyroid condition.
It didn’t take four months, it took almost two years, but it did heal.
After that experience, I became fascinated with the ancient teachings about the diagnosis and prevention of disease.
I studied visual diagnosis, chakra diagnosis, shiatsu, the Five Elements of TCM, 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 tool that helped me understand the body on a deeper level. It is an ancient practice used by traditional healers to discover the strengths and weaknesses, and health (or lack of health) within the body.
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 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.
An easy example would be someone that has twitching, flitting eyes, that dart about the room and do not have a steady gaze. This can indicate a person’s nervous system and/or mind is on edge, agitated, and not relaxed.
I find this knowledge fascinating, and it’s what I have been using in my health coaching practice for over two decades to help me understand how to work with people more effectively.
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, Herbalist and best-selling author. 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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