In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a 2,500 plus year-old system of healing, there are five basic constitutional types, based on the five Chinese elements: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. Balancing
these elements is a key to maintaining health. To find out which element(s) you need to balance, look over the characteristics below. If the personality trait or health tendency currently or previously describes you, put a check in the box. Your
score will be in bold at the bottom column.
Click on the highest number to find out your results
What Do My Results Mean?|
Each of the five elements of Chinese medicine--wood, fire, earth, metal, and water--represents certain basic biochemical processes that take place in the body. Unlike Western medicine, which seeks to isolate individual biochemical processes to create "magic bullet" drugs, Oriental medicine looks at the "big picture" of what is going on in the body as a whole.
This holistic approach works better with herbs, because herbs (being complex mixtures of nutrients and bioactive substances) also work on the whole body process.
Whichever element you score the higher in is probably the biological process that could use some balancing in the body. By taking an herbal formula designed to balance these basic metabolic functions, you bring your whole body into greater balance and harmony, and hence, greater health.
Read the description you scored highest in first. If you scored fairly evenly in two or three categories, read the description of each and follow the program most suited to your needs.
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