Large Intestine

This area starts from the upper area beside the nose and heads downward to the outer corners of the lips. Large intestine lines are some of the easiest to read and some of the most dramatic. The depth, pouching, forking, and shapes running along this line are all indicators of the tone, transit time and vitality of the organ. You can envision fecal matter, building up in the alimentary canal and pouching over. If the bottom of the large intestine line forks and has an inverted “V” closing it to create a diamond-shaped island that may indicate a tumor that is growing and impairing normal flow. Stagnation. You can see pouching with people who eat too much brown rice, too much meat, too much dense food. Bread lovers. They need fiber. You know: fruit, lots of veggies, salads and exercise.

Another large intestine area to note is the upper forehead. The horizontal lines, their length and number, indicate the state of the nervous system connected to the large intestine. Blueness within lines on the forehead or cheek is a lack of oxygen going to the large intestines – so a lack of blood as well.

As Matthew Wood says, the purpose of the large intestine is “to make a nice stool, a little last stop digestion.” In America we live in the land of “holding on”, constipation. The large intestine is all about holding on to old, hmmm, stuff. In order to make a nice stool, we need balance in the intake of water, fiber, and nutrient-rich foods, as well as daily physical movement, fresh air and a forgiving attitude. Supplementing with bioflora (including acidophilus, bifidus and streptococcus thermophilus) plus soaked Chia or Flax seeds, eating yogurt or kefir and taking mucilaginous herbs like Slippery Elm and Marshmallow, helps maintain a healthy intestine.

Some symptoms of large intestine problems include headache at the base of the skull and tension in the muscles. People who get muscle tension and then get a headache. I’ll poke away at their shoulders and feel the hardness of the tissue, see what the resistance is, see if the muscle hardness extends along the trapezius muscle – which holds that heavy head up. Irritable bowel, diverticulosis, diverticulitis, colitis, constipation, all indicate stress and inflammation instead of good peristalsis. Skin rashes and breakouts, candida indicates “leaky gut” instead of healthy tight pores in the walls of intestinal mucosa.

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