Introduction to Constitutional Medicine

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Underlying a person’s health, and many aspects of their personality, is their constitution, which could also be described as their 'nature' or 'temperament.' There are four distinct constitutions, none of them is better or healthier than another but each is markedly and interestingly different! What determines a person's constitution is where they sit along two key spectrums that make them relatively either cooler or hotter and, at the same time, either dryer or damper.

Cooler to Hotter

The first spectrum goes from Cooler to Hotter. Partly this reflects in how a person naturally directs their energy more inwardly or outwardly but it also relates to how they interact with people and the environment, how they deal with health problems, even how they look and feel. If you look into the section below called 'which one are you?' you will see how there are many practical ways in which these spectrums are entwined in our life and health.


Dryer to Damper

The second spectrum goes from Dryer to Damper. This aspect overlaps the first spectrum so a person will be cooler to hotter and, at the same time, will either be dryer to damper. This spectrum reflects in obvious physical ways, i.e. how damp or dry they are both inside and out, but it also has many relationships with how they engage with other people and the world they live in.


Which one are you?

You can work out your constitution, or that of someone you know, by going through this section here

When you know, click on one of the links below

Tigers: Hotter & Damper

Eagles: Hotter & Dryer

Elephant/Butterflies: Cooler & Dryer

Bears: Cooler & Damper


Further Reading

If you would like to learn more...

Origins & Adaptations

This constitutional model is based on the humoral system of the Ancient Greeks but has been significantly adapted, to read more about how and why read here

Medicines Chart

Any person from any constitution can benefit from the right medicinal herb but certain remedies can be particularly well matched to each constitution or to imbalances of heat, damp, cool or dry, more here

Cycle of Healing

There are four stages of healing that are essential to our health. A chart showing how certain herbs support each phase is found here and the cycle of healing itself is discussed here

Please understand that I cannot personally advise you without seeing you in my clinic.
This living 'book' is my labour of love so, wherever you are, I wish you peace & good health!





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