Eight-Constitution Medicine

Eight-Constitution Medicine, founded by Dr. Dowon Kuon (1921- present / Director of Jesun Acupuncture Clinic and Dawnting Cancer Research Institute in Korea), was first introduced in 1965 in Japan at The International Congress of Acupuncture & Moxibustion. Ever since its first introduction, Eight-Constitution Medicine, a completely novel medical paradigm, cured many patients with intractable and incurable diseases.
Eight-Constitution Medicine, utilizing the understanding of physiology and pathology of each innate constitution—each unique with its own dynamic association between internal organs, strives to maintain the patient’s best possible condition of health by enhancing the immune function up to its optimal state, not only via preventative measures but also through therapeutic treatments.
The eight constitutions each consist of a different dynamic order between twelve organs, which include: the heart, the lung, the pancreas, the liver, the kidney, the small intestine, the large intestine, stomach, the gall bladder, the bladder, the sympathetic nerve and the parasympathetic nerve of the autonomic nervous system. The eight different dynamic orders physically and mentally form eight distinct individualities, which hence are the eight constitutions: Hepatonia, Cholecystonia, Pancreotonia, Gastrotonia, Pulmotonia, Colonotonia, Renotonia and Vesicotonia.
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When the dynamic order of organs is harmonious, the body is said to be in a ‘suitably unbalanced state’ and is deemed healthy. When a strong organ becomes stronger, and a weak organ becomes weaker, the body falls into an inadequate state, or ‘overly unbalanced state’, which implicates sickness. An overly unbalanced state usually intensifies the inadequacy of each organ and, in turn, leads to the deterioration of overall immune function and the malfunction of organs and autonomic nervous system, which could potentially cause physical and mental symptoms.
The method of Eight-Constitution acupuncture treatment is remarkably different from the methods used in the past 5000 years of acupuncture history. Eight-Constitution Medicine is a type of immunotherapy and approaches to treat the cause of an illness through restoring the weakened or dissipating immune system by changing the overly-unbalanced state of organs into a suitably-unbalanced state. Eight-Constitution Medicine also encourages patients to
follow constitutional regimens, depending on his or her constitution, in order to prevent and treat illnesses. For example, patients should consume foods that would stimulate rather than suppress weak organs; they should also consume foods that would suppress rather than stimulate strong organs. Over time, such dieting will convert the body from an overly- unbalanced state of organs to a suitably-unbalanced state.
An illness should be treated according to the patient’s constitution, since the cause and development of the sickness may differ depending on the patient’s constitution. Any food, medication, or medical treatment that is beneficial for one person may not be useful for another. This is because the two patients may not have the same constitution even though their symptoms and diagnosis appear the same. Living environment, occupation, hobbies, sports and other activities also affect one’s health; the degree and type of effect will vary for each constitution. Thus, a healthy daily life can only be achieved through a deep understanding of one’s constitution, following the appropriate constitutional regimen, and receiving the proper acupuncture treatment matched to one’s constitution.
The constitution of an individual can be identified by taking the pulses on the radial artery of both wrists. This method, which differs from traditional pulse-taking in oriental medicine, finds a pulse formation among eight different pulse formations, each associated with a particular constitution. The eight pulse formations are inborn and inalterable.
Eight-Constitution Medicine is a new paradigm, with an entirely new perspective on human bodies. Vigorous research and clinical studies have proven its ability to fight incurable, terminal diseases and illnesses around the world. A progressive effort in this novel field provides infinite possibilities and visions for the well-being and harmony of humanity.
* Citations used from Dr. Dowon Kuon’s column in the August, 1994 issue of ‘Bit and Sogeum’ (Light and Salt)
Determining Your Body Type
8-Constitution Medicine looks at people through the category of organ health. This branch of study was developed in 1965 by Dr. Dowon Kuon. Since then it has been accepted and used by practitioners across the globe to help patients return to optimum health. The eight categories that patients can be classified under include:

Hepatonia: relating to a strong liver and weak lungs
Cholecystotonia: relating to a strong gallbladder and weak colon
Pulmotonia: relating to strong lungs and a weak liver
Colonotonia: relating to a strong colon and weak gallbladder
Gastrotonia: relating to a strong stomach and weak bladder
Pancreotonia: relating to a strong pancreas and weak kidneys
Renotonia: relating to a strong kidney and weak pancreas
Vesicotonia: relating to a strong bladder and weak stomach
Understanding a patient’s ailments and possible food allergies allows our team to find the right path to wellness. In acupuncture, we strive to balance the body and the energy so there are no areas of tightness and dysfunction. With the 8-Constitution Medicine practice, we can help you to develop what is weak and eliminate pain, fatigue and irritation so you can lead an enjoyable life.

Reverse Chronic Ailments And Improve Overall Health
Finding balance in life is about understanding what your body needs and how to care for it. At Hackensack Acupuncture & Herbs, we work to balance your strong and weak organs. Dr. Kim and team will work with you to determine the right treatment and right diet for your body. Contact our team today to learn more!