Applied Facial Diagnosis According to Chinese Medicine

Learn what the features and colours of the face mean about a person’s personality, emotional make-up, and overall well-being according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Length: 4 hours

Instructor: CT Holman | LAc, MS


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4 hours of video content
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4 CEUs / PDAs

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Meet your course instructor

CT Holman | LAc, MS

CT Holman brings East Asian Medicine to patients in Salem, Oregon through Redwood Spring PC, and to the world through his international teachings. Licensed in Acupuncture and Certified in East Asian Herbal medicine, CT treats people of all ages and various conditions through telemedicine and at his practice in Salem, Oregon. CT studied in China three times (1999, 2001, and 2003) and integrates the specialties of facial diagnosis, channel palpation, five element diagnosis, and diagnosing and treating trauma. With over 20 years of experience, CT teaches several subjects on East Asian Medicine internationally and mentors students in his clinic and virtually. He is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, has extensive post-graduate education with several leading teachers in the field studying directly under Lillian Pearl Bridges, and he is the Director of Development for the Lotus Institute. He has been a drummer for over 35 years and released several records with various bands. CT treats with and teaches shamanic drumming and teaches and practices qigong. CT wrote the textbooks, Treating Emotional Trauma with Chinese Medicine and Shamanism in Chinese Medicine.

Course description

Facial features, colours, and markings provide a blueprint of the emotional and physical state of the body. Ancient Chinese facial diagnosis gives insight into a person’s constitution, emotional tendencies, disease patterns, and belief systems. 

CT Holman teaches the Lillian Pearl Bridges Facial Diagnosis lineage (Chen family) style. In this accessible course, CT explains how to detect the state of each organ system and a patient’s personality by reading the various colours and features on the face. He will explain the terms and foundations of Chinese medicine, and how to apply these when examining a patient’s face. The signs observed on the face give you insight into the person’s talents and abilities. This helps you to better understand the person you are looking at and what gifts they bring to the human family.

During this interactive and dynamic course, CT will read two volunteers’ faces to demonstrate how facial diagnosis can be used in dynamic ways.

You will learn:

  • The basic foundations of Chinese Medicine.
  • How to understand the nature of the Five Elements.
  • How the various feature on the face relates to organ health, personality, and innate talents.
  • What real telemedicine patient interviews look like, and the information that you can garner from them.

By the end of this course, you will have a strong understanding of how to start recognizing what various facial features could indicate, while infusing your observations with a TCM state of mind.

Lesson plan

Section I | Welcome

1. Introduction

2. Course Outline

3. What is Applied Facial Diagnosis?

Section II | The 5-Elements 

4. The Water Element

5. The Wood Element 

6.  The Fire Element

7.  The Earth Element

8.  The Metal Element

9.  Facial Emotional Maps

Section III | Telemedicine 

10. Format for Telemedicine

Section IV | Ling

11. Utilizing ‘Ling’ for Healing

Section V | Case Studies – Full Telemedicine Patient Demonstrations

12. Case #1: Lecture

13. Case #1: Telemedicine Facial Diagnosis Demonstration

14. Case #2: Lecture

15. Case #2: Telemedicine Facial Diagnosis Demonstration

16. Conclusion

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