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Lip Color Change – A Hint Of Deteriorating Health?

By: Zing Teoh
What is the first thing you do in the morning? Brush your teeth? Wash your face? That’s normal but I wish you could break the routine at times by studying the color of your lips once you drag your body out of the bed in the morning.
As stated in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), changes in lips color or texture indicate changes of health status. (Yes, lip observation is a way of diagnosis in TCM). Healthy people have reddish, averaged moist and shiny lips. If you’re getting exhausted easily or your health condition is flashing red light, ya… your lips would signify you through the following color and texture changes.

Pale Lips: Commonly found among people with anemia, blood loss or other diseases associated with anemia and low cell count.

Pale Or Greenish Upper Lip: You might have weak intestine, diarrhea, bloatedness, stomachache, fear of cold etc.

Pale Lower Lip: An indication of weak and cold stomach, frequent vomiting and diarrhea, stomachache, stomach upset, abdominal pain and so on.

Greenish Lips: Highly indicates poor blood circulation, you are prone to acute diseases, especially coronary disorders such as coronary thrombosis, stroke or similar acute attack.

Dry Or Dark Red Upper Lips: Watch out for abdominal disorder, this symptom might come with stiff shoulder, bad breath, mouth infection, throat irritation, blocked ears or nose etc.

Pale Pink Lip: Most probably associated with blood or both energy and blood deficiency. Proper toning up of blood or both blood and energy are needed.

Extreme Dark Red Lips: This is a symptom of excess syndrome in TCM. It usually accompanied by high fever, thirst, respiratory tract infection, abdominal fullness and pain that may lead to sputum and indigestion.

Black Lips: Highly suggestive of digestive system disorder, such as constipation, diarrhea, lower abdominal pain or even headache, insomnia, poor appetite and so on. Smoking and excessive caffeine intake cause lips darkening too. Anyway, some people are inherited with darker lips color.

Black Spots On Lips Or Black Ring Around Lips: Closely monitor the function of adrenal cortex. It might be weakening without our knowledge.

About the Author
Zing Teoh has been doing research on causes of chapped lips and various lip diseases. Continual effort are taken to compile reliable preventive action and natural remedies, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for lip and health problems. Please feel free to visit her blog at www.lipzing.com for more interesting articles and lip care tips.