When trying to determine the status of their health, most people don't turn to their feet for indication. However, in some types of medicine, they are a body part that can give you some insight into how your body is doing. When it comes to what your feet can say about your health, Eastern Medicine suggests there are a number of things you can find out, so it might be time to take a closer look at what's going down by those toes.
"Many meridians or pathways of the body either begin or end in the feet," Dr. Elizabeth Trattner tells Bustle. "In Chinese Medicine, they correspond to the hands, and many important points we use in treatment are on the feet or near the ankle. Most people in the West ignore the importance of their feet, unlike their hands. Our feet carry us through the world and are an integral part of Chinese Medicine."
The feet in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine contain multiple acupressure and reflexology points all connected to different organ systems and meridians. In these types of Eastern medicine, all body parts are connected. In Chinese Medicine, meridians are the pathways that form your body. There are twelve major meridians that run on each side of the body, one side mirroring the other, and each meridian corresponds to an internal organ. Chi is the energy or life force that runs through these meridians. It would make sense that in these types of medicine, the feet are crucial to overall health.
Here are seven things your feet reveal about your health, according to Eastern Medicine.