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8 Constitution Medicine

     We are well aware that there is some sort of fundamental physiological divide between each and every one of us. The awareness, of course, is vague and unsubstantiated. Yet the divides themselves are real and solid. Take, for instance, vegetarianism. Even when two people follow exactly same vegan diet plan with equal rigor, it so happens that one person reports improved health whereas the other complains the loss of stamina. Only by appealing to the inborn difference in individual physiology, can we hope to explain such contrasting results.


    On both clinical and theoretical grounds, 8 Constitution Medicine broadly divides these unique, person-specific, inborn physiological characters into eight categories, each of which is termed Constitution. 8 Constitution Medicine has further integrated both the theory of Vital Energy (Chi) Circulation from traditional oriental medicine, and the knowledge of modern pathological studies, into her novel and comprehensive understanding of human body. 8 Constitution Medicine continuously take into account inputs from the other two fields as they advance, enlarging the scope of its comprehensive analysis and refining the structures of its treatment plans.

     As such, 8 Constitution Medicine is never formulaic. Unlike the other medicinal traditions, for instance, it does not label any article of food definitively harmful or beneficial, as different diet suits different constitution. To some, for example, prolonged consumption of garlic can be a source of stamina; to others, a source of much bodily trouble. The same goes with Coffee, and many other staples of our daily diet. Maintaining good health depends a great deal on selecting the foods that accord well with one’s constitution. Severe atopic and nasal allergic symptoms can be significantly subdued through rigorous and patient following of the diet plan based on the thorough understanding of constitution.

But above all, it is on treating illnesses and curing ailments where 8 Constitution Medicine shines the most. I daresay that its potency goes far beyond your wildest imagination, for 8 Constitution Medicine has successfully treated many diseases that are branded as untreatable by conventional medicine. I have seen numerous patients whose skepticisms turned into trust and faith, as they witnesses their conditions improve through carefully constructed, quantitative treatments based on 8 Constitution Medicine’s novel paradigm of human physiology.

    The concept of constitution medicine was announced in 1894 by Jema Lee, ten years before the discovery of hormone. 8 Constitution Medicine as a systematic medicine coalesced into its present form in 1965 by Dr. Dowon Koun.


     At this juncture, the following question should be forthcoming in your mind: what does it mean to be born with a particular constitution? What does it amount to having one constitution rather than another, biologically speaking?

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     Constitution is broadly broken into two sorts, depending on which one of the two sub-nervous systems of Autonomic nervous system – sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves – exerts relative dominance upon the other. These are further broken down into eight categories, depending on which internal organs exert relative dominance upon one another.


     Autonomic nervous system regulates the bodily functions that are operated without our conscious control, such as heart rate, perspiration, respiration rate, and digestion. Autonomic nervous system consists of two sub-systems, namely sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Sympathetic nervous system becomes dominant when we are under emotional and psychological pressure. When we ready ourselves for confessing to a loved one or for delivering a speech before a roomful of audience, for instance, sympathetic nervous system takes over, resulting in short breath, increasing perspiration, fast heart beat, and drying up of saliva. Parasympathetic nervous system, on the other hand, assumes control in the absence of pressure.


8 Constitution Medicine uses the innate predominance of one sub-nervous system over the other as the first differentiating parameter, and break down human physiology broadly into two categories. Out of the eight categories of 8 Constitutions, four of them fall under the supercategory based on the relative dominance of sympathetic nervous system, and the other four fall under the supercategory based on the relative dominance of parasympathetic nervous system.

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