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.
Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, developed theory of the 4 humors. Galen went on to add to it. Each of the 4 humors relate to a particular temperament. The humors themselves are blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile. Each humor relates to specific elements of hot, dry, cold and moist and relate to aspects of personality (Choleric, Phlegmatic, Sanguine and Melancholic), which are temperaments.
Yellow Bile ~ Hot/Dry ~ The Choleric Temperament (Fire) ~ Irritable, belligerent and impatient.
Phlegm ~ Cold/Moist ~ The Phlegmatic Temperament (Water) ~ Detached, cool, calculating and a little dull.
Blood ~ Hot/Moist ~ The Sanguine Temperament (Air) ~ Cheerful, warm and generous.
Black Bile ~ Cold/Dry ~ The Melancholic Temperament (Earth) ~ Gloomy, depressed, envious.
There is certainly some information that reveals the theory of the 4 humors to be absolutely ridiculous, at least in part. Take, for instance, that the healer must take into consideration the region and astrological positioning of the stars and planets in determining a proper wellness regimen. However, there are benefits to the theory that have proven very valuable. For example, it makes perfect sense to wear heavy, warm, dry clothing when it is cold in the winter. And, the actual practice of the 4 humors was based on prevention and to look after your health on a regular ongoing basis according to season and available nutrients.
While the state of practicing medicine was very primitive in medieval times as compared with today's standards I believe there will come a time when today's standards will look primitive to standards yet to come. One can, at least, hope.
With this in mind, let me just say that Hippocrates believed it 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.
We each carry within us all of the humors (HOT/DRY/COLD/WET) all of the time, so it won't be unusual to find that one or two of your humors dominate. 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. However, normally, one particular temperament tends to dominate throughout your lifetime. This can change when you are under a certain degree of stress.
Your dominant humors determine which certain foods and herbs are best qualified to boost your immune system, provide better energy flow, and help correct imbalances that have caused dis-ease or illness and put you back on the map to health and wellness.
What's Your Constitutional Temperament?
Constitutional temperament self-tests are available on line and only take 2-5 minutes of your time! I took all 3 of the test below and scored the same dominating humor in all 3 of them.