A Theoretical Basis for the Eight Constitution Acupuncture pp. 243-246
Authors: (Dowon Kuon, Jaesun Acupuncture Clinics and Dawnting Cancer Research Institute, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Abstract: Although we realize through daily experiences that humans are all different in their character and behavior, we tend to believe that we all have a single physical constitution. Over 40 years ago, I challenged this belief by founding the Eight Constitution Theory . The core of this theory is to categorize all human beings into the following eight types depending on the physiological differences: Pulmotonia, Colonotonia, Hepatonia, Cholecystonia, Pancreotonia, Gastrotonia, Renotonia, and Vesicotonia. According to the theory, each person‘s physical constitution is determined by combinatorial arrangements of strength and weakness of the internal organs which every human being is born with. Each name of the eight constitutions reflects the strongest inborn internal organ. The differences in the strength and weakness of internal organs bring about physiological differences in personality, hobby, intelligence, and physical strength. Thus, the dietary patterns must differ among the eight constitutions. However, most people eat almost any food including incompatible ones with their physical constitutions, which causes imbalances in the body and eventually harm to health. Unlike human beings, animals which share only one type of physical constitutions among their species are relatively free from diseases. The cow and the elephant which live on grass are not liable to malign diseases because they strictly abide by the dietary patterns according to their innate constitutions. The same is true with the lion and the tiger which thrive on meat-eating. Livestock such as cattle and sheep that are deceptively fed with meat by human beings against the requirements of their physical constitutions are bound to die of mad cow disease or myasthenia. In contrast to animals, humans eat all kinds of foods without any cautions. Consequently, human history has been a history of diseases.