Traditional Chinese Health Preservation
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Traditional Chinese health preservation is focused on the body’s holistic condition and its relationship with the outside world. It regards each individual as unique, so all corresponding health regimens are personalized. For thousands of years, the Chinese have used these approaches and concepts to prolong life, improve physical & emotional well-being and prevent illnesses.
Body Constitution - A New Health Concept
Professor Q. Wang
Health is a state of physical and mental harmony of different individuals in the life process with the environment, and good self-adaptive and regulation ability to natural and social environment. The new concept of health enriches the connotation of health defined by Western medicine and improves the understanding of health in the past, which provide the conceptual basis for further study on health medicine.
The Nine Body Constitutions
Due to inherited and acquired influences, each of us is unique with regards to our structural, physiological and psychological makeup. These individual influences combine to form the Body Constitution (“BC”) which determines how we live and behave, and the degree to which we are susceptible to pathogens and the development of disease. The BC theory relates each constitution type to disease and through determining an individual’s unique BC type, providing effective health maintenance and disease prevention therapies.
Generally, the BC can be divided into nine types, named as neutral, qi deficiency, yang deficiency, yin deficiency, blood stasis, phlegm & dampness, damp-heat, qi stagnation and special constitution.
Through establishing their BC type, people are empowered to take care of themselves with lifestyle modifications and/or proper dietary practices, prior to the occurrence of illness, thus ‘‘promoting health, preventing disease and extending longevity”. Therefore, knowing one’s BC is one of the most important steps toward the promotion of a healthy physical condition and enhancing the quality of life.
Individuals have a strong physique, stable emotional or mental state and feel optimistic. They often present with lustrous complexion and hair, bright eyes, proper senses of smell and taste, red and moist lips, are slow to feel fatigue, have good sleep patterns, a healthy appetite and normal bowel and urinary habits. They are adaptable to environmental changes
Qi deficient type
Individuals tend to have flabby muscles, and are introverted and timid in personality. They often present with a feeble voice, shortness of breath, fatigue, easily catch a cold or flu, easily sweat and have tooth indentations in the lateral tongue margins. They are sensitive to environmental changes. Since individuals are relatively weak in their immune function, it usually takes a longer time for them to recover from illness.
Yang deficient type
Individuals tend to have flabby muscles, and are quiet and introverted in personality. They often complain about cold hands and feet, a cold feeling in the stomach, a sensitivity to low temperatures or noises, sleepiness, discomfort after eating cold foods and a pale and bulky tongue. They often feel uncomfortable in windy, cold and humid environments. They are susceptible to health problems such as puffiness, diarrhea and excess throat secretions.
Yin deficient type
Individuals usually have a thin physique, and are outgoing and impatient in personality. They like to complain about warm palms and soles, mouth dryness, dry nose, a preference for cold drinks, complaints of dry stools or constipation. They often feel uncomfortable in hot and dry environments. They are susceptible to coughs, fatigue, seminal emission, insomnia, and some chronic conditions.
Phlegm & dampness type
Individuals are usually overweight and have a large abdomen, having a mild temper and a steady and patient personality. They often present with an oily complexion, a sticky or sweet taste in the mouth, excessive throat secretions, sweating, chest congestion, a preference for sweet and greasy foods, and a thick tongue coating. They often feel uncomfortable in humid and rainy environments. They are susceptible to diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular diseases.
Individuals are exhibit either a normal or thin physique and tend to be irritable and short-tempered. They often present with an oily complexion with frequent complaints of acne or recurrent pimples. They are sensitive to humid and hot environments especially in late summer or early autumn. They are susceptible to skin problems and urinary difficulties.
Blood stasis type
Individuals tend to be impatient and forgetful. They often present with a dull complexion, spots on the face, dark-red lips, dark circles under eyes, listless or rough skin, unexplained bruising on the body surface and varicose veins. They often feel uncomfortable in cold environments. They are susceptible to bleeding, painful conditions, and abnormal growths.
Qi stagnation type
Individuals are mostly thin, and tend to be emotional unstable, melancholy or suspicious. They often present with a depressed mood, nervousness or anxiousness, timidity, frequent sighing and heart palpitations. They respond relatively poorly to stressful situations, especially in winter and autumn and on rainy days. They are susceptible to insomnia, depression, anxiety disorders and breast lumps.
Special constitution type
Individuals usually have an inborn weakness, being very sensitive to drugs, foods, smells, pollens or other environmental allergens. They often develop nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, panting, wheals, itchiness and sometimes, purple spots or patches under the skin. Common health problems include drug allergies, hay fever, eczema and asthma. They respond relatively poorly to external influences and their health problems can easily be induced by seasonal changes.
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