Applied Facial Diagnosis

This workshop is open to all practitioners


What will be covered

Class 1 

 Overview of Facial Diagnosis and its importance as a diagnostic tool. The face is a very valuable tool to help us understand the physiology of the body. This ancient technique used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years not only helps us understand someone’s health but also their personality, likes and dislikes, abilities and passions. For example, if you look at the eyebrows, we can see how the liver and gall bladder organs are doing; we can see issues with the spine like back pain on the nose, as well as how the Pancreas is dealing with sugar. The temple area can tell us how someone is doing with medication or if they are suffering with depression and the philtrum is the area that reveals our fertility and creativity.

Understanding Jing (Essence) and Shen (our Spirit):  Jing and Shen are very important for health and participants will be taught to evaluate these on the face.We will look at  how to recognise deficiencies of both Jing and Shen and how to identify the Shen in eyes, skin, hands and other features and how this can be monitored to evaluate treatment success and outcome.

Class 2 

Age Map: Past, Present, and Future Health. Jing Markers and their importance for understanding a patient’s health.

Jing and Qi Markers on the Face:  there are important areas of the Face that tell us about our ability to breath deeply, eat for our health and preserve Jing.

Colours on the Face: Looking at changes in colours on the face and their meanings is important in understanding a possible pathology in an organ, and the possible relationship to disease and potential illnesses.

Introduction to the Five Elements:  Participants will be taught about the features of the face and how they are related to the Five Elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal and their connection to health.

Water (Kidney):  The Kidneys are the organ most closely related to Jing. Looking at the ears and other Water element features tells us something about a person’s constitutional Jing and how they are using it. This relates to possible future health as well as present health. Other areas connected to the Water element are related to fertility and urinary bladder function. We will also discuss the emotional markers and lines related to this Element.

Class 3 

Wood (Liver) and Fire (Heart): We will be looking at the areas of the face related to the Wood (Liver) Element and the Fire (Heart) Element. We will evaluate the emotional markers on the face like lines and markings and explore the signs of Liver and Heart pathology. Areas covered for the Liver are: eyebrows, between the eyebrows, temples and the jaw. Areas for the Heart include: the tip of the tongue, the tip of the nose and the corners and tips of other features like the eyes and mouth.

Class 4 

Earth (Spleen) and Metal (Lungs): We will look at the areas of the face related to the Earth (Spleen) Element and the Metal (Lung) Element.  We will evaluate the emotional markers on the face like lines and markings that show Spleen and Lung  pathology. The Spleen areas include: the bridge of nose, the mouth and lips and the area around the mouth. The Lung areas include: the cheekbone, the cheeks, the nose and the skin.

There will be time for questions before each class.


Lecturer: Deirdre Courtney

Deirdre Courtney is the author of Nourishing Life the Yang Sheng Way and is an internationally known lecturer and teacher. She specialises in Yang Sheng (Nurturing Life), Chinese Nutrition and Herbal Medicine, along with Facial Diagnosis.  She is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Nutritional Counsellor and has worked in the Chinese Medicine fields for 30 years. She was previously a Chef specialising in health foods. She has a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from YoSan University and has studied Facial Diagnosis with Lillian Bridges since 1999.


This workshop is open to all practitioners including:

Acupuncturists, Herbalists, Osteopaths, Reflexologists, Doctors, Chiropractors, Psychologist, Physiotherapist, etc.

This course is run over 4 classes

Dates: Sept 13th, 20th, 27th and Oct 4th 2021.

Times: Each class is from  17.00-20.00 GMT with a short break

Cost: €450.