sense organ associated with the Wood Element is the eye, in turn, the liver
has the |
relationship with the eye, since the liver stores blood, and the liver
meridian is connected to the
eye. “If liver blood is
abundant, the eye will be well nourished, and vision will be good.“1
lot of symptoms
of the eye can reflect the condition of the liver. For instance, “red and
itchy eyes, are caused
by wind-heat in the liver meridian. If the liver blood is deficient, the eye
may feel dry, and there
may be blurred vision, or night blindness.”6
few examples of conditions which may impair vision:
Problems: Far sightedness, Nearsightedness (Myopia), Squint, Dilopia
Degeneration such as Retinitis Pigmentosa which causes night blindedness,
which causes loss of central vision, Retinal Detachment causing flashes of
shadows over vision, Glaucoma which causes intra-occular pressure on
retina and thus visual
Problems such as Optic Neuritis which causes loss of central vision, Optic
Uveitis (the uvea being the ciliary body and iris) causing blurry vision
Choroiditis causing blurry vision and black spots floating in front of
Problems such as Cataracts which change the lens opacity and thus sight
– Cornea Ulcers, Herpes Zoster (shingles) which may effect cornea,
Ptygerium a yellow growth from the corner of the cornea over eye which can
interfere with vision, Keratoconus where the central part of the cornea
buldges and protrudes forward as a cone and causes deterioration of
vision due to Astigmatism.
– viral infection of eye can cause blindness
is interesting to note when researching the medical reasons for these visual
disorders is that very often they stem from problems which would also effect
the liver such as drug and chemical in take; an excess of toxins within the
body; infections; dietary, endocrine and blood problems.
on why People with Sanpaku
eyes might suffer from severe depression, memory loss, severe mood swings, and
anger, or may even end up with a
criminal record (including such offenses as rape).
healthy, "balanced" person would have the iris positioned right in
the middle, so that the whites can be seen only on either side. Some people,
however, have the iris "floating" so that the whites can be seen on
the sides as well as below or above the iris. This condition is called sanpaku meaning
"three whites". This is a sign of poor health6.
to my research the eyes can predict violent behavior. The more pressure and
stress a person is under, the more it will show in the eyes. The more white
around the iris, the more dangerous that person can become. This is true for
most people." Claims Kathy Thompson, nationally recognized Face Reader in
the USA. "Your eyes will show your true mental state." 5 Thompson
has been researching faces for over 10 years. (pictures illustrate the 5
stages of stress)
affects the mind and optic nerves behind the eyes which
pulls the muscles up and causes the eyeball to expand.
Below the eye is a piece of bone, and the eyeball rests on this bone.
So when the eyeballs expand, they expand upwards, causing the iris to move up.
White space is revealed under the irises.
person may have a lack of wood chi
resulting from an
inadequate diet, in that it does not provide the essential nutrients or
energetic intake that is required and in addition, the diet may be full of
toxins in the form of chemical food additives or the person may be taking some
form of drugs.
”The property of the
wood element is of growing freely and unfolding”1, thus
suppressed liver chi
can cause an irritable, fiery temperament, mood swings and depression.
the liver and gallbladder meridians pass through the frontal lobes which
function in “complex problem
solving and judging the consequences of behaviour”8 which may
therefore lead to irrational decisions and criminal offences. The meridians
also pass through the sexual and adrenal organs and thus there may be
excessive testosterone present and this may be why a wood imbalanced person
becomes sexually deviant or goes to the extreme of rape.
Kennedy is an example of a wood imbalanced person with Sanpaku eyes.
As president of the United States he must have been under tremendous
stress. It is known that he
took many drugs in the form of medication for back pain which would have
effected his liver chi,
had an adrenal disorder – Addison’s Disease and was known to be
Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wood is controlled by Metal in that Metal has
the ability to chop Wood. Metal
representing the minerals and electrolytes in the body which govern
communication and include the nervous and endocrine systems of the body.
eyes are formed by and thus involve the nervous system and people with Sanpaku
eyes are under stress which also involves the endocrine and specifically the
adrenal glands. A sanpaku person
thus may have a lack of minerals in the body and/or may be suffering from
summation a person with a Wood Element imbalance and Sanpaku
eyes may end up with a criminal record, depression or mood swings because of
the wood imbalance which may affect
their emotions, nervous system, hormonal levels of adrenaline and testosterone
and effect their level of reasoning as to what behaviour is acceptable.
SO MANY PEOPLE TODAY HAVE SANPAKU EYES
people nowadays have a very mild version of this condition, because the modern
diet tends to be very yin / expanded. In a mild case, you may not see
"three whites". But you can see that the bottom part of the iris is
just at the level of the lower eye-lid. The condition is so common that George
Ohsawa once remarked when he saw a crowd of people, "You are all sanpaku"6.
eyes are an external manifestation of an imbalance in the wood element . The
wood element requires sources of energy coming from sunshine, fresh air, fresh
nutrition, positive thoughts and sufficient rest and relaxation and also
requires the ability to use this gained energy in an unfettered way such as
the ability to express oneself freely and “space to unfold”.
in the wood element today can be said to be caused from eating “on the
run” – food that is convenient; lacks vital energy, vitamins and minerals
and is generally acidic. The food
is also commonly full of additives such as preservatives, colouring, and
flavouring. Our food is no longer ripened in the sun, it is grown with
pesiticides, and fertilizers. In
the case of meat, unnatural food sources are provided to the animal, and the
use of hormones and antibiotics are common.
consume more stimulants than previously such as tea, coffee, alcohol,
concentrated sugars and use more medications, drugs, and cigarettes. We tend
too spend much more time driving in traffic and thus inhaling noxious gases.
We do not take sufficient time to rest and relax and thus become
“stressed” which affects our hormonal system which in turn affects our
other systems such as the digestive system, nervous system, cardiovascular
system, and reproductive system and causes disturbances in those.
wood element is thus not provided with the essential energy that it requires
to create chi
and function normally and yet it is asked to remove the toxic build-up within
our systems caused by these unnatural substances that require the liver and
gallbladder to do more work in detoxification of our bodies.
more serious cases, where the "three whites" are clearly visible,
this indicates very poor health and high levels of stress in the body. You may
see this in cancer patients and others who are seriously ill, as well as drug
addicts and alcoholics, or even among young children who take excessive
amounts of sweets, soft drinks and chemicalised foods.6
regain optimal wood chi energy and to reverse Sanpaku
on a cleansing program to assist in ridding of all the built up toxins,
food that is as natural as possible (organic),
fresh fruits and vegetables as these have an energy which is not contained
in frozen or other type of foods,
time to breathe in deeply - “fresh air”, too many people shallow
a few minutes in the sun daily to take in its energy, before
driving into deep traffic put your air on recycle so that you do not take
in the fumes,
care of your spirit as well as your body by taking time to release and let
go of negative thoughts completely & creating positive thoughts - be
thankful for all the good you enjoy,
time to really relax the mind and body and let go of stressors, without
which are good for the liver such as Milk Thistle, Dandelion Tea or
Essentiale may be taken, fresh beetroot and carrot juice are excellent
is advisable to take daily a high potency Multivitamin and mineral
is how we look after our lifestyles and specifically where we invest our
energies and how and with what we replenish our energies that will determine
how effectively we eliminate Sanpaku eyes.
Chinese Herbal Medicine by Dr Guang Xu, Vermillion London,
Pages 51- 54, ISBN 0-0980-944-4
www.words 4-u.com/sanpaku.html downloaded
downloaded July 2003
Britannica Encyclopedia CD 1997 “Visual Disorders”
Holes Human Anatomy and Physiology, Seventh Edition,
ISBN 0-697-20959-8, page 402
What Doctors Don’t Tell You by Lynne McTaggart,
ISBN 0-7225-3024-2, pages 111-112