Chinese Body Types - An Introduction

Humanity. Homo Sapiens. Humans. We are all of the same species and have more similarities than differences in our anatomy, yet when looking at the problems that sometimes arise in our lives medically, there is a wide variety of variations.


In Chinese Medicine, symptoms and tendencies become categorized to enable the best personalized treatment. There are many systems classifying people: Enneagram Types, birth year with the Chinese Calendar, Myers-Briggs Personality Types, etc. Today we are introducing the five body types by giving a brief overview of each one. how to determine your body type with Chinese Medicine. We will focus on the five yin organs of the body - Heart, Spleen, Lung, Kidney, and Liver; we will discuss the Yang Organs later in our blog series. As you read and analyze yourself but find yourself wanting an expert opinion, I would encourage you to find a board-certified acupuncturist. Again, we know this is a broad overview, but have some fun with us as you see where you may fall on our spectrum. As we share more over the next few weeks, maybe you can find something that connects with you!



Here you will find a brief overview of each body type.


Each of these five channels can display itself with different physical symptoms and emotions. As we move through each Yin organ over the next several weeks, we will share more of these details. There is so much information out there, we hope that by summarizing it and providing things in smaller sections, it is more manageable to sort through.


Did any of these organs seem to connect with you more than the others? This may be an area of imbalance or a system with which you resonate closely. For the next several weeks, we will share additional information about each body type, what it can look or feel like, recipes, qi gong (stretches), and more lifestyle suggestions that correspond with your tailored body type. We want to help Integrate Medicine for you to save you time and to live your healthiest life possible.

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