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About Treatments

Like the 4 seasons, TCM regards each food ingredient to have a particular nature (四性, Si Xing) which results in a certain bias in characteristic. These are known as: cool, cold, warm, hot,or neutral.

We use this principle to adjust our own Constitution.

Even though our daily food with a certain bias tends to have a relatively low influence, it is common for people to favour or over-indulge in our favourite food, or even enjoy groups of food in a certain bias. This is what causes an imbalance and moves us from the Suppressed zone, into the Unhealthy, and why we always recommend to eat with a rotation of wide-variety for a Healthy Constitution.

The medicine in TCM comes from thousands of year’s worth of accumulated experience, in identifying particular herbs with a high bias impact. Through further preparation, the efficacy of the medicine is enhanced, and so a small quantity or short-term dosage will effectively cause a reaction in the body.

A curative meal (药膳) is TCM’s way of combining our daily food with medicinal herbs, in a bid to shift or maintain us towards the Healthy Constitution with “extraordinary” dishes. The herbs work not only to boost the bias of each meal, but also elevate the taste.

Curative meals work to balance the yin-yang, condition the organs, and to support the Upright Energy (Zheng Qi) to improve the body’s resistance to external diseases (Xie Qi). This methodology not only heals the imbalances, but acts as barriers to future diseases.

With urban trends and settings providing a limitless buffet of overindulgence, one can easily tilt
their Constitution into the Unhealthy range. This is why Hearty Living provides diagnosis,
information, and solution to enable everyone to have a Healthy Constitution.

About Constitutions

We all have a natural and evolved Constitution. One is inborn, and the other changes with our diet and lifestyle. We all have a unique signature Constitution, much like a fingerprint, and this was given at birth from a combination of our parents’ energies, or what the ancient doctors like to call “Pre-Heaven Essence”.


This may embody some people with an almost infallible healthy showing, while others fall ill easily at the drop of a hat. Everyone may blame either their their environment, stress, lack of rest and more, for falling sick, but it is rather a sign that their Constitution has been suffering from a combination of extreme prolonged imbalance.

So while “Pre-Heaven Essence” cannot be changed, our lifestyle habits, and more importantly diet, affects our “Post-Heaven Essence”. Because the stomach and spleen are responsible for digestion, transforming it to food essences and carrying them around the body as Qi, it is vital to consume the right food to produce “Post-Heaven Essence”. This contributes to constitutional strength, and augurs a person’s path to a Healthy Constitution.

It is because of this that we have defined 9 types of Constitutions, with 9 different recommendations to improve them.


Hearty Living was created to help you accurately determine your customised Constitution, through a series of answers analysed from our questionnaire.


We recommend checking in every 6 months, to factor in environmental, emotional and mental changes, as your Constitution may get better or worse with your diet.