The concept of body constitution cannot be overstated. As practitioners of life cultivation, we want to know our own body constitution. Once we know our body constitution, we know how our body has deviated from the norm. Thereby we can take actions to adjust our body back to normal, so that illnesses are far away from us.
In order to know how the deviation of our body constitution from the norm is critically important to us, we must understand some concepts which are used throughout the classification. We will try to simplify the concepts below.
What is the feeling of Deficiency
In our practice of life cultivation, we frequently run into the term deficiency, or a lack of, or virtual. What is the feeling of deficiency?
We may sum it up with terms such as tired, sleepy, no spirit, or a lack of energy. This is usually caused by our bad lifestyles or stress from work. Thus it is relatively easy to fix, especially in the very beginning.
For example, when we sleep late, or our sleep quality is bad, we will feel tired the next day.
When our life and work are under pressure, when we overload ourselves, when we trouble ourselves frequently, when we are in a bad mood, we will feel tired easily.
When our body is in a fatigued state for a long time, the function of our internal organs begins to decline, and we say our body constitution is now in a state of deficiency.
What is the feeling of Cold
Cold: I am afraid of the cold. I am afraid of using the air conditioner. I feel cold at night. I have cold feet.
When we are physically weak, we are prone to coldness in our body. When we do not keep ourselves warm with proper clothing, when we do not keep ourselves warm with blankets sleeping at night, we will often be subjected to coldness. When we use the air conditioner or take cold showers, we make ourselves a target for coldness to invade our body.
Women are now especially easily attacked by coldness. They tend to wear less clothing.
What is the feeling of Wet
First we may have a body constitution and suffer from having a cold body constitution. When our body accumulates more and more coldness, our body will be more easily attacked by more and more wetness, or dampness, or moisture. We are now likely to have a body constitution that is both cold and wet. When we have a wet body constitution, we will feel as if we are wearing a drenched cloth on a rainy day. We will feel heavy and uncomfortable.
There are five main passages where cold and moisture most easily enter our body:
- The Dazhui Point at the shoulder and neck
- The Shānzhōng Point at the chest
- The Shénquē Point around the navel
- The Mìngmén Point around the waist
- The Yongquan Point at the sole of the foot
Thus, as practitioners of life cultivation, we take precautions to protect these five points with clothing so that coldness and wetness do not enter our body easily.
When cold and wetness enter our body via the Dazhui Point (neck), we will feel shoulder neck pain, frozen shoulder, cervical spondylosis, dizziness, headache, insomnia and frequent dreams.
When cold and wetness enter our body via the Shanzhong Point (chest), we may feel our mammary glands swell and in pain, mammary duct obstruction, lobular hyperplasia of breast fibroma and other symptoms.
When cold and wetness enter our body via the Shénquē Point (navel), they will usually accumulate in our pelvis, especially for women. When the cold and wetness exceed a certain limit, it will cause various gynecological illnesses such as gynecological inflammation, irregular menstruation, poor menstrual blood, dysmenorrhea, blood clots, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, infertility, etc.
We may use an example to illustrate for easy understanding. Let us put a piece of wood in a dark and wet place. This piece of wood will deteriorate, become moldy, or mushrooms may even grow on it.
Similarly, if a female uterus and ovary are kept in such a cold and wet place for a long time, she will be prone to various lesions. Thus it is important to protect the pelvis of women.
When cold and wetness enter our body via the Mingmen Point (back waist), we may feel back pain, weak waist and knees, various kidney deficiencies, and decreased sexual function.
When cold and wetness enter our body via the Yongquan Point (foot), we may feel pain in knee joints and we may suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
What is the feeling of Condensation
When our body is in the state of cold and wet for a long time and we do not take appropriate actions to correct it, we will enter into a state of condensation. We will feel that our body circulation is slow and our metabolism rate is low. Our body will be prone to fatigue, pain, and physical discomfort.
What is the feeling of Bruise
When our body is in a state of condensation for a long time and we do not take appropriate actions to correct it, we will enter into a state of bruising. The state of bruising is a transitory state. Our body will be prone to soreness, numbness, pain, and we will feel uncomfortable.
There is a process called dredging within the Mustang Tuina Technique. When we treat our body with the process, we will see that the bruise spots are black and purple. It is serious and terrible.
What is the feeling of Blocking
When our body is in the state of bruising for a long time and we do not take appropriate actions to correct it, we will enter into a state of blocking. Blocking will easily lead to various illnesses. It varies from person to person.
What is being blocked? Blood and vital energy circulation will be blocked.
What is the feeling of Tumor
When our body is in the state of blocking for a long time and we do not take appropriate actions to correct it, we may then suffer from a tumor.
Tumor is not terrible by itself, it may still be treatable. However, it may be a malignant tumor. It may then mutate to become cancerous. Now it is more difficult to get rid of.
What is the feeling of Cancer
Once a tumor becomes a cancer, it is very difficult to take corrective actions. Therefore, as practitioners of life cultivation, we do not wait until we have cancer to heal ourselves. We will definitely treat our body nicely before it advances to the cancer state.
Preferably, we will take corrective actions right away once we detect coldness and wetness in our body. It is relatively easy to treat coldness and wetness compared to treating cancer.
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- Advanced concepts on body constitution
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- Adjusting the Type A Body Constitution
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