After complete history and comprehensive physical assessment, your body
type will be diagnosed on your first visit. You will also be provided with the
list of beneficial vs harmful diet; exercise; and etc.
Long period of studies and research have shown that human beings can
be categorized into 8 body type and according to each
constitution, they will have different diet, different way of exercise and
The constitutions are the different patterns of organ relations and they are
grouped into 8. Everyone is born with a certain constitution out of 8
possible patterns. It is one's own physiological destiny designed by God
even before one is born. If one lives a life as the way he is created, he will
remain healthy. If one does not, he will suffer. To know one's own
constitution is the KEY to one's own well being.
We all sense that everyone is born different.
Consider food for an example. One person drinks a glass of milk and feels
a boost of energy yet another may head straight to the toilet with diarrhea.
One person feels much better when they avoid eating meat; another feels
so weak that they can't function well if he tries to be a vegetarian.
Another example is with the drug. When penicillin was first introduced, it
was praised as a gift from God. Yet people came to realize later on that
penicillin could potentially be as fatal as poison for some people. This is
due to difference in constitution. Certain drugs may be effective only for
certain constitution but not for all.
Why? The answer is simple: We are born different.
Pathophysiology of 8 Body Type Medicine
People are not created equal. We all have distinct personalities and
preferences as we all have different blood types, fingerprints and
genes. "Eight constitution medicine" explains that it is because the
characteristics of the elements that constitute our body are different.
There are ten major organs in our body which are composed of 5 solid
and 5 hollow organs and they are responsible for the healthy function of
the entire organism. The five solid organs are: heart, lung, liver,
pancreas, and kidney. The five hollow organs are: stomach, small
intestine, large intestine, bladder, and gallbladder.
All of these organs have some visible anatomy and physiology. However,
there are the INVISIBLE functions of these organs which we cannot see
through anatomy. Each organ produces, stores, and distributes its own
unique vital life FORCE (Chinese culture calls it Qi). A heart not only
produces the vital life force with the dynamics of fire but also distributes
the force of fire to all the other nine organs through meridians. Meridians
are the invisible pathways through which the force can flow. A kidney
produces and distributes the force with the dynamics of water, a liver with
the dynamics of wood, a pancreas with the dynamics of earth, and a lung
with the dynamics of metal.
When the ten major organs are functioning properly in relation to each
other as they are constitutionally designed to do, the person feels well.
However, when the natural harmony between organs loses its proper
balance, the person does not feel well. The pathology is not in the organ,
but in between the organs. Often patients go through several expensive
lab tests in the hospital only to be informed that nothing is wrong with their
organs. The real pathology resides in the invisible space between the
organs (meridians). Even when the organ itself shows definite pathology
such as an ulcer, the pathophysiology of the ulcer is not in the organ.
It is really sad to see how many people must take multiple medications a
day for the rest of their lives! The true holistic healing must heal the
relationship between each of the ten major organs.
Etiology of 8 Body Type Medicine
What causes this disharmony between the organs which was in proper
harmony when we were born? People do not live the life as they should!
They eat the wrong food; pursue the wrong career; live in the wrong
housing; take bath the wrong way; etc....
The ignorance of one's own constitution will lead to a life style that
eventually causes the disharmony between the organs.
The wrong diet is so far the major etiology of 8 constitution medicine.
Every food has its own unique FORCE. If we eat certain foods for a long
time, the particular FORCE of that food will increase the physiological
function of a certain organ whose FORCE it is identical with.
Take someone with Pulmotonia Constitution for an example. He is born
with lungs that should produce about 100 watts (as a figure of speech) of
metal Force and normal people need only 50 watts of Force. Then, we
can assume his lung is far stronger (or active) than other people. For this
reason, he will make a good singer, a swimmer, a good doctor, and a
scientist. But if he grows up in a dairy farm house, eating lots of red meat
and dairy products for years and years, the Force of his lung will go way
over 100 watts. If his lung Force is around 140 watts, he will suffer from
frequent cough, asthma, and irregular bowel movements. If it goes over
300 watts, he can even develop colon cancer. This is why proper dietary
instructions are considered the most critical for patients at 8+1
Treatments - 8 Body Type Acupuncture
The best way to correct the disharmony between organs is to use
acupuncture (8 constitutional acupuncture), regulating the five element
points of each meridian of the ten major organs. General acupuncture
points are not used since they do not have a direct command of the organ
Force. Herbs can be used for the preventative purpose.
After patients are treated, they are instructed to live their lives according to
their own physiological destiny (constitution).
If you eat right according to your constitution, you will maintain optimal
health. If not, you will not only become weak but even your health can be
seriously deteriorated. Foods not only function as daily source of energy
but what you eat constitutes you and build up your immune system.
Foods according to your own constitution will strengthen your natural
healing power (immune system) which will protect us against all kinds of
disease, but foods harmful to our constitution will weaken our natural
healing power and make us susceptible to disease.
This is the reason why you need to know your own Body-Type.
Born with a strong lung and a weak liver, highly creative, inventive, and self centered. Explorer of a new world and discoverer of new things. Must be a vegetarian.
All kinds of ocean fishes, shell fishes, green leafy vegetables, rice, barley, buckwheat, red bean, green beans, cucumber, eggplant, banana, strawberry, peach, cherry, persimmon, Vitamin E, cacao/dark chocolate, ice, swimming, walking
All kinds of meats, fresh water fishes, nuts, root vegetables, flour, pumpkins, peppers, garlic, mushrooms, apples, pears, melons, coffee, sugar, MSG, soft drinks, ginseng, Vitamins A;B;C;D, aspirin, alkaline beverages, hot bath, mountain hiking
Born with hyperactive large intestine and a weak gallbladder, highly ambitious for the will to power, very intuitive and visionary. Born to be a leader. Should
not eat meat except fish.
All kinds of ocean fishes, crab, clam, green leafy vegetables, cucumber, mustard, ginger, black pepper, rice, buckwheat, red bean, green beans, seaweed, strawberry, peach, cherry, persimmon, grapes, cacao/dark chocolate, swimming, walking
All kinds of meats, fresh water fishes, nuts, root vegetables, flour, pumpkins, garlic, mushrooms, apples, pears, melons, coffee, sugar, MSG, soft drinks, ginseng, Vitamins A;C;D;E, aspirin, alkaline beverages, hot bath, mountain hiking
Born with a strong liver and a weak lung. Very bountiful and generous, risk taking and assertive. Must eat meats, Born to be an entrepreneur. Taking 1 tablet of aspirin everyday could prevent many diseases.
All kinds of meats, fresh water fishes, nuts root vegetables, rice, flour, soybeans, pumpkins, garlic, mushrooms, apples, pears, watermelon, coffee, milk, Vitamins A;B;C;D, alkaline beverages, aspirin, hot bath, mountain hiking
All kinds of ocean fishes, shell fishes, green leafy vegetables, raw cabbages, buckwheat, red bean, green beans, cucumber, eggplant, banana, strawberry, peach cherry, green grapes, persimmon, Vitamin E, cocoa/dark chocolate, ice, swimming
Born with a weak large intestine and a
hyperactive gallbladder, very sociable and outgoing, emotionally most sensitive. Prone to alcoholism. Must
eat lots of beef to prevent depression.
All kinds of meat rice, beans, wheat flour, Indian millet, tofu, squash, radishes, lotus root, peas, celery, mushrooms, garlic, chestnut, walnut, pears, watermelon, milk, sugar, and Vitamins A;B;C;D;E
All kinds of shell fish, mackerel, squid, napa cabbage, mint, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, avocado, peaches, cherries, grapes, grapefruit, mangos, lemons, limes, coconut, ginseng, chocolate, wine, liquor, IV Glucose
Born with an extremely hyperactive
pancreas and weak kidney, highly impulsive, selfless and devoted philanthropic, loves to eat gourmet foods. Born to be a sweetheart. Must eat lots of shellfish and pork.
Pork, beef, oyster, shrimp, lobster, crab, eel, egg, barley, rice, flour, soybean, red bean, cabbage, radish, cucumber, carrot, persimmon, pear, melons, watermelon, strawberry, banana, ice, aloe vera, mushrooms, Vitamin E, hot bath
Chicken, lamb, brown rice, sweet rice, potato, sesame oil, seaweed, hot pepper, curry, ginger, green onion, apple, orange, tangerine, mango, tomato, ginseng, bee honey, date, digestive aide, Vitamin B group, cold bath, swimming
Born with a strong stomach and a weak
bladder, very ambiguous and enigmatic, physically strong and enduring. Can digest almost any foods.
Oyster, shrimp, crab, beef, pork, rice, barley, oats, red beans, cactus, peas, napa cabbage, cucumber, broccoli, eggplant, persimmon, avocado, pears, melons, pineapple, grapes, strawberries, banana, hot bath.
Chicken, goat, potatoes, curry, all onions, ginger, squash, seaweed, black pepper, mustard, cinnamon, lemons, limes, grapefruit, tangerines, apples, oranges, mangos, ginseng, honey, Vitamins A;B;D, penicillin, cigarettes, liquor, swimming
Born with a strong kidney and a weak
pancreas, very athletic, meticulous and organized. Born to be bureaucrat. Must avoid cold foods.
Chicken, beef, potatoes, corn, peas, squash, sesame seed or oil, seaweed, curry, mustard, black pepper, cinnamon, lettuce, radishes, green onion, ginger, garlic, cauliflower, tomatoes, tangerines, oranges, apples, mangos, peaches, lemons, limes, grapefruit, honey, ginseng, Vitamin B, swimming
Pork, oysters, crab, shrimp, barley, wheat, flour, nuts, red beans, egg white, oats, mint, cucumbers, cactus, persimmons, coconut, avocado, melon, banana, mushrooms, broccoli, eggplant, celery, beer, ice, Vitamins A;D;E, sauna
Born with a very, very weak stomach and a strong bladder. Very quiet and reserved, slow and meticulous. Prone to chronic depression. Must eat very
small amounts of foods, no more than 2 meals a day, each meal less than half the amount of other people would eat.
Chicken, goat, sesame seed or oil, potatoes, corn, spinach, radishes, ginger, green onions, corn, garlic, squash, mustard, black pepper, cinnamon, curry, tomatoes, lemons, limes, grapefruit, apples, mangos, tangerines, honey, ginseng, Vitamins A;B;C;D, and acidic drinks, cold bath.
Oysters, clams, shrimp, crab, pork, all kinds of cold food, nuts, oats, red beans, eggwhite, cucumber, cactus, mint, peas, broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, melon, banana, starwberries, coconut, avocado, beer, ice, liquor, Vitamin E, and sauna