Understanding ECM

  • When discussing the dynamic orders of the organs in Eight-Constitution Medicine, the word “strong” should not be defined as “healthy” nor the word “weak” be interpreted as “unhealthy”. For example, the constitution Hepatonia is inherently characterized by its strong liver, which is the strongest (or most “superior”) organ among all twelve of its organs, and by its weak lungs, which is the weakest (or most “inferior”) organ among all of its twelve organs. For each constitution, the strongest organ and its collaborating organs form a certain pattern in its dynamic, while the weakest organ and its collaborating organs also form such patterns. These eight patterns naturally define eight unique individualities, which are The Eight Constitutions.
  • Autonomic nervous system controls most physiological phenomena and can be subdivided into two systems: the sympathetic nervous system, which responds to tension and concentration, and the parasympathetic nervous system, which is involved in relaxation and digestion. Among the Eight Constitutions, Pulmotonia, Colonotonia, Renotonia, and Vesicotonia belong to the subcategory, Sympathicotonia, because they are sympathetically stimulated; Hepatonia, Cholecystonia, Pancreotonia, and Gastrotonia belong to the subcategory, Vagotonia, which is parasympathetically stimulated. The autonomic nervous system should be one of the most fundamental concerns when forming regimens, constructing treatment-formulas and deriving preventative means for each constitution.
  • Understanding the five elemental essences (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) of each constitution is exceptionally important since each organ has an elemental essence. The elemental essence of the strongest organ of a constitution is the dominant essence of the constitution and, interestingly, is hereditary. For example, children can acquire constitutions with an inherent wood essence only if their parents have a woodconstitution; wood (liver or gall bladder) dominant constitutions include Hepatonia and Cholecystonia. A parent with Hepatonia (Wood+) can have children that inherit constitution with wood essences, which are either Hepatonia (Wood+) or Cholecystonia (Wood-). An individual with Cholecystonia (Wood-), similarly can have children that inherit constitutions with wood essences, which are either Hepatonia (Wood+) or Cholecystonia (Wood-) only. Therefore, a child who is born from a Hepatonia (Wood+) father and a Vesicotonia (Water-) mother must be one of the following four constitutions: Hepatonia (Wood+), Cholecystonia (Wood-), Renotonia (Water+), or Vesicotonia (Water-). If one parent is Pancreotonia (Earth+) and the other is Gastrotonia (Earth-), the child should be Pancreotonia (Earth+) or Gastrotonia (Earth-). In some instance, all children of a couple inherit their constitutions from the same parent. Constitutional hereditary patterns mentioned above are always manifested without exception.
  • Two people with the same constitution have the same dynamic order of organs; thus, they show similarity in physical and mental aspects. Also, if two people with the same constitution have similar diets and living environments, it is highly probable that their health conditions, including diseases or illnesses, are very similar. Children who inherit their parents’ constitution usually live with their parents and eat the same foods as their parents. Then, it is only natural for the children to have the same illnesses as their parents if the entire family has been eating harmful foods together. Today, many diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are considered hereditary: however, based on the concept of the Eight Constitutions, diseases are not hereditary, but the constitutions that are passed onto the children are hereditary. When a cow consumes meat products that are not agreeable with its constitution and is consequently diagnosed with mad cow disease, its calf, which eats the same unsuitable foods, may also be diagnosed with mad cow disease. Is this so because the calf has inherited its mother’s illness or its mother’s constitution?
  • After understanding Eight Constitutions, it becomes clear that everything in our daily lives is associated with our constitutions. Applying another individual’s health regimen to oneself without any knowledge regarding constitutions will only result in unhealthy consequences. Only when we understand our own constitutions as well as others, the road to a healthy life will be accessible.