Reviewed by Dr Andre Budihardjo on December 15, 2022
TCM Body Types: What Does Yours Say About Your Health?
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Have you struggled to find a health and wellness plan that works for you? Learn about the nine different TCM body types here and how to best manage your health based on your specific type.
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Read on to learn about the different body types in TCM. Which do you have? And do you know how to take care of it? Our experts explai
What Are The 9 TCM Body Types?
It’s worth noting that certain people
1. Neutral constitution body types
This body constitution indicates good internal health that reflects outwards. For instance, you may be energetic and have a radiant complexion. Your body will also find it easier to assimilate to different environments.
The consumption of a moderate but balanced diet can help maintain a neutral body constitution.
2. Qi-Deficient body types
SYMPTOMS: Breathlessness, fatigue, and spontaneous sweating are common symptoms. You may also catch a cold quicker and take longer to recover from illnesses.
LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS: Get adequate sleep and do gentle yet vigorous exercises like power walking regularly. Keep warm at all times and avoid cold, windy environments after a strenuous workout.
Limit dairy product consumption, raw vegetables and salads, frozen foods, and juices. Slowing down your lifestyle. Avoid overworking and try to cultivate open-mindedness and optimism in life.
3. Yin-Deficient body types
This body type is also likely to cause irritation, warm palms, and soles, thirst, fever, or sore throat. Individuals usually have a thin physique, are outgoing, and can be very impatient.
LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS: Limit caffeine, reduce the consumption of spicy and fried foods, and avoid staying up late.
Listen to relaxing music and do mild to moderate exercises like walking and swimming. Meditation can also promote relaxation.
4. Yang-Deficient body types
TCM TREATMENT: Eat warm and qi-beneficial foods, including garlic and beef. Gentle exercises like tai chi or Qigong are
LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS: Keep your body — back, feet and lower abdomen — warm at all times. Do this by spending some time in a
5. Blood Stasis body types
SYMPTOMS: This body type causes changes in skin appearance. You may have frequent skin bruising or dry, coarse, and sometimes painful skin.
Dark circles under your eyes or a dull or pigmented complexion and purplish dark lips can also occur.
TCM TREATMENT: Foods that promote a healthy flow of blood and qi, including rice wine, hawthorn fruit, and red beans, are recommended.
Pungent spices, such as turmeric, coriander, and pepper are also helpful. Stay away from greasy foods, fat-rich meat, dairy products, and frozen foods.
Activities like dance or acrobatics can prevent congestion of blood and qi. Tuina and deep breathing exercises can also help.
LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS: Blood Stasis can be described as clotting. This refers to an accumulation of blood in your veins or arteries.
An unhealthy lifestyle and excessive weight gain or obesity can cause blood clotting. For these reasons, it’s crucial to eat nutritious meals and keep problems like diabetes and hypertension under control.
SYMPTOMS: Dampness usually emerges from digestive impairment and can move to the large intestine and Lungs. You may see Phlegm coming up when you cough.
TCM TREATMENT: Eat more bland foods like barley,
Acupuncture can help eliminate Dampness in the body by promoting circulation and supporting the Spleen and Stomach.
LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS: Be more active, but at your own pace. Also, stay away from outdoor activities during extreme weather. Stay away from situations that involve extreme emotions to protect your mental health.
SYMPTOMS: Symptoms include acne, constipation, thirst,
TCM TREATMENT: Eat foods that remove Heat and Dampness, such as red beans and water chestnuts. Reduce foods that are acidic and greasy, like fast food.
LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS: Practice meditation and avoid overworking and staying up late. Engage in moderate to high-intensity workouts like CrossFit.
SYMPTOMS: This condition leads to depression, anxiety, fear, and insomnia. It can also cause chest palpitations and tightness in the throat. Individuals often appear skinny and have a dull complexion.
TCM TREATMENT: Eats foods that aid digestion, remove Stagnation, and refresh the mind. This includes onion, parsley, and wheat. Herbal formulations that use
LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS: Include heavy exercises as part of your daily living. Participating in group exercises to support an active lifestyle and social life.
Keep a quiet living environment for restful sleep. Cultivate optimism, nurture good relationships, and keep an open mind.
9. Intrinsic body types
SYMPTOMS: You are sensitive to pollen, certain foods, medications, and scents. You are prone to rashes, a blocked nose, or asthma as a result of weather changes.
TCM TREATMENT: A bland, balanced diet that comprises enough meat and vegetables is advocated. You should abstain from spicy foods or foods that are stimulating. Avoid dairy, seafood, and other allergens.
LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS: Keep your environment clean and free from dust or allergens. Wear clothing that protects your body from the cold when exercising.
What’s your body type and how do you keep it healthy? Leave a comment below and share your experience with us.
This is an adaptation of an article, “WHAT’S YOUR BODY CONSTITUTION?” that first appeared on the Eu Yan Sang website.
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