Have you have ever wondered why certain remedies seem to work for some people, but not for others?
It’s because one size really doesn't fit all and YOUR constitutional temperament is as unique as are YOUR fingerprints. In fact, your constitutional temperament was established before birth and hardwired once you were introduced to your environment.
Let's face it. Not all of us are mermaids longing for the depths of the sea. Some of us are land lovers, while others like to fly free falling out of the sky from airplanes. Most of us are somewhere in between. Metaphorically speaking, much of what determines whether you are a swimmer, a land crawler or flyer doesn't so much depend on your zodiac sign or your genes. It depends on your constitutional temperament.
According to Hippocrates (the Father of Medicine) there are 4 humors and each of these humors relates to a particular temperament. Humors are, basically, blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile, which relate to the elements of hot, dry, cold and moist, while temperaments relate to aspects of personality (Choleric, Phlegmatic, Sanguine and Melancholic).
Yellow Bile ~ Hot/Dry ~ The Choleric Temperament (Fire)
Phlegm ~ Cold/Moist ~ The Phlegmatic Temperament (Water)
Blood ~ Hot/Moist ~ The Sanguine Temperament (Air)
Black Bile ~ Cold/Dry ~ The Melancholic Temperament (Earth)
It is ideal to have a fair balance of humors, as an imbalance of humors can result in bothersome symptoms, such as headache, digestive upsets, pain or susceptibility to frequent viral infections. However, it’s not unusual to find that one or two of your humors dominate.
There are certain foods and herbs, which correspond with your particular balance of humors that can put you back on the map to health and wellness. These natural foods and herbs help to boost your immune system, provide better energy flow, and help correct humoral imbalances that have caused dis-ease or illness. You'll find these remedies listed by temperament below.
It is important to understand you are not exempt from sharing the personality traits of other temperaments. For example, you may have a Choleric Temperament and hold high self-esteem, but occasionally share the Melancholic's moodiness or apathy from time to time. We each carry within us all of the humors (HOT/DRY/COLD/WET) all of the time. However, normally, one particular temperament tends to dominate throughout your lifetime. This can change when you are under a certain degree of stress.
Constitutional temperament self-tests are available on line and only take 2-5 minutes of your time (see below).