Click through below to read about the 9 recommendations we have for each of the Constitutions.
- Blood Stasis
- Damp Heaty
- Phlegmy Damp
- Yin Deficient
- Qi Stagnant
- Yang Deficient
- Qi Deficient
Being Balanced goes past the Constitution, and really means having the right attitude to approaching one’s life. Being aware and mindful of one’s nutrition and lifestyle, also naturally raises its standards.
If you have a Balanced Constitution and would like to keep it, the best way is to keep yourself informed of both scientific and natural teachings, and always maintain a beneficial diet.
It’s often that Balanced constitutions do not smoke or drink. They also practice reasonable eating habits and avoid overeating, encourage cravings, are picky with their food or have eating issues such as anorexia. They enjoy steaming, boiling or stewing their food.
They practice good lifestyle habits, adapting quickly to the environment. Their routines are regular and orderly, promoting a natural healthy system for their bodies to adopt. Most importantly, this encourages a sense of peace, which is critical for a peaceful constitution.
Emotionally, Balanced people take things easy, and are rarely anxious or explosive in their interactions. It’s rare to see them exhibit signs of worry, sorrow or anger. Even when they do, they can quickly self-regulate and restore their inner sense of calm, minimising impact on their environment. To nurture one’s hearts and to know its behaviour, is to keep that sense of peace that is critical to the mental and physical health in creating a Balanced individual.
Having an optimistic attitude is paramount for those with Blood Stasis. It inspires the flow of Qi in the body.
Being mobile and having a healthy routine activates good energy and blood flow too. But focus on cardiovascular activities as opposed to high-intensity, powerful or long sessions of exercise. With light exercises that stimulate and involve the whole body, you will get improvements after a consistent routine is established. Consider exercises like Taiji or aerobics to get the blood and energy flow going, but if you do experience symptoms of discomfort, such as nausea, dizziness, breathlessness or tightness in thechest, stop immediately and do not press on.
Those prone to frequent acne breakouts should first stay off food products like lard, butter, fatty meat, pig’s brain, pig liver, pig kidneys, and eggs. Also stay away from pungent food like seafood, mutton, lamb, and dog meat. They cause inflammation within the skin glands and becomes hard to eradicate. Sugary food also excites the metabolism, which in turn overworks the same glands, and so should be avoided as well. Last of all, keep away from spicy food, especially items like onions, chillis, pepper and mustard.
Take in food that are more “dry” in nature. We don’t just mean food that are dry and sweet like fungus, watermelon, apples etc, but it can also include dry and mild items, like rice, millet, and rice noodle. These items repair and nourish the system in a gentle manner.
People with this constitution need to nourish their liver and gallbladder. In wintry countries, don’t follow suit and indulge in heavy hotpot meals, with strong flavours and meats like mutton or beef. Pick vegetables and fruits in your diet, such as pears. Avoid those like durian. It’s all about removing the heatiness and damp nature from your body.
The best way to treat this constitution is to first work with the spleen. By nourishing it with yellow food products such as corn, pumpkin, soy beans and potatoes, it will boost the functions.
To remove the dampness, pick up items like fish, green beans, alfafa, winter melon, barley and azuki beans. For clearing heatiness, opt for bittergourd, spinach, kailan, green beans, celery, and bamboo shoots.
For exercise, go for Taiji, Qigong, or Yoga to calm the body. Because they have an inner abundance of Yang and damp energy that needs to be released from time. Go for mountain climbing or trekking, or long distance running. This clears the excess and helps circulate the system and detox more healthily.
Those with Phlegmy-Damp constitutions love their rich food. There’s nothing wrong with this but when it spirals out of control, it will quickly pose a problem. It has a circulatory effect - by feeling good and eating more, you need more to satisfy you the next time, and overindulgence becomes a problem.
Diet is key, so pay attention to the volume of food as well as the quality of food that you are eating. Make small cuts and don’t be compelled to overorder, or drink in excess. Opt to slowly adjust to a palette that appreciate those food that are a little bland, that don’t stimulate as much. When drinking water, choose warm water. Avoid meat if possible, and when you have to, choose beef, lamb or chicken. Also avoid food that are cold or greasy, but most importantly, cut out sour or acidic food.
For exercises, go for slow jogs and swimming, and table-tennis is good too. To encourage the Yang energy, outdoor sports is encouraged. Reduce sleep time and choose to head out and enjoy some strengthening exercises, especially during the day. Feel more comfortable by wearing natural breathable material to remove any excess perspiration.
Arriving at a calm state of being is crucial to those who have the Yin Deficient constitution. To not stir the inner fire, adopt calming and relaxing pursuits, along with the same mindset and approach to things. Do not get involved in competitive sport, or in situations where you must always be the winner of things. Go out more often into nature and appreciate the soothing vibes.
With a thin frame indicating a poor-functioning spleen and stomach, it’s important to nourish those two organs. If you have irregular or poor appetite, the stomach is ailing. If your bowel movements are weak, it’s the spleen. If you have bad appetite and indigestion when you do, it’s probably both. Adults will need tonics while children can nourish still with food like barley or yam porridges.
The other aspect is their sleep. It’s important for them to have a good night’s sleep, with adequate hours and not staying up too late. Because they perform with shorter periods of sleep, it becomes critical to ensure good quality, and napping is encouraged to replenish their energy.
When heading out, go to cool spots such as rivers, high altitudes and lakes whenever possible. Pick a house that is north-facing with good ventilation. For sports, Chinese Medicine sees perspiration and blood as having the same properties, and so one should go for less sweaty options like Taiji or swimming. Don’t go for intense vigorous workouts and stay away from hot and humid environments if you have to do so.
To also build up the Yang energy, go for milder food, focusing on proteins and vitamins, while keeping away from spicy, fatty and sugary food. Avoid mutton or lamb, roasted peanuts and soybeans, popcorn, lychee, longan, garlic, chives, mustard, chillies, pepper, cinnamon and some spices. Go for bird’s nest and duck meat in autumn - both nourishing during the dry season. Winter melons, banana, and Barley are cooling and great. Use sour foods to replace the spicy, and also stimulate fluids. A great way to moisten up is to drink some soup before a meal (preferably 20 mins before) and the continue to have some during the meal itself.
To reinvigorate the system, a small dose of alcohol can help. This not only improves the blood circulation and mood, but also helps with appetite.
Avoid sour and astringent items like kimchi, pomegranate, plums, strawberries, starfruits, as well as cold food items, and stimulants like coffee, spicy food or fatty foods. When treating with tonics, focus on improving the liver and blood.
Improving the mood is key to moving out of this state. Do not chase after big goals and mull over regret. Learn to be content with your life and stop focusing on what you lack or have lost. Move away from tragic stimuli such as dramas or music, and enjoy light-hearted comedies and reads. Go out there and engage with others.
When in a space, create and enjoy a quiet environment. Create a dim, cosy space with no strong stimuli, and relax. With a regular routine and early sleeping habits, the liver, heart and kidneys will benefit from the rest and recover more quickly.
Participate actively in events and sports and we encourage travelling for its many benefits, especially inn atural environments with bright sunshine and fresh air.
To cultivate the Yang energy in you, it depends on the season. In Spring, it’s best to cultivate a good mood and eat food coloured green. This helps to nourish the liver. In Summer, get more sunlight without perspiring too much, and avoid oily food, choosing plain or slightly bitter options occasionally. For autumn, pick food good for the lungs.
Sometimes those who overdose on tonic can actually take away the Yang energy from themselves. By taking too much antibiotics, cooling herbal tea, and overly-nutritious food when it’s not needed, especially during the inappropriate season, will lessen the Yang.
While it’s unavoidable to experience Yang Deficient constitution as one grows older, we can still adopt healthy habits like not staying up late. Avoid cold drinks, especially in the morning, and stay away from prolonged periods in air-conditioned environment. The sun is your friend so go outdoors, and always keep yourself comfortably warm.
Take more warming fruits instead of cooling ones like banana, watermelon and sugarcane. And avoid seafood and salads. If you’re into vegetables, go for steamed or blanched styles to warm it, and introduce more variety if you’re a vegetarian.
We usually advocate a good variety and not be picky or fussy when it comes to the food we eat. But people who have the Special constitution can select their diet more carefully, but reasonably as well.
It’s best to go for a mild, balanced diet, avoiding food that are strong stimulants like spicy, rich, fatty or sugary. Build up your body’s defences with vitamin-rich food, and include anti-allergenic items such as broccoli and oranges. Lessen items like buckwheat, broad beans, white lentils, beef, goose, squid, shrimp or prawns, crab, eggplant, wine, pepper, and rich tea or coffee.
Adopt lifestyle habits to improve your surroundings while building up your resistance. Open up windows to clear inner stagnant allergens, but keep indoors when the pollen is released in Spring. Go for some light healthy exercises outdoors to build up your defences, but wear glasses and a mask when you do so, picking natural wide open spaces away from trees or flowers. Always remember to check on the weather including pollution index and humidity changes and plan your day to minimise drastic shifts.
Because so much of the Qi Deficient person has to do with their nutrition, it is very important to pay attention to their diet. To restore it, one must pay attention to restoring their innate vitality, and their cultivated temperament. This will aid the spleen and liver to recover. Food items to consume include millet, glutinous rice, lentils, cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beef, rabbit, pig innards, chicken, eggs, squid, grapes, and peanuts. Avoid grapefruits, garlic, radish, coriander, turnip,pepper, lotus root, mint, orange, chrysanthemum. Also stay away from smoking and drinking alcohol.
It’s also important to not let one’s natural hot-temper and overthinking to escalate the condition. Adopt a calm, relaxed approach to life and add a healthy dose of optimism. Cultivate this and the Qi will be replenished naturally. Pick up gentle but strengthening activities like Taiji to extend the effects of a restful, peaceful lifestyle.