Eight Constitutions Pulmotonia

Pulmotonia is a constitution in which lungs and large intestine are proportionally strong while liver and gallbladder are proportionally weak.

Foods that support the lung and large intestine are beef, flour, beans and nuts. Such foods can overstimulate the strong organs (lungs and large intestine). The strong organs have a regulatory role over the weaker organs; thus, overactivity of these strong organs can subsequently lead to further suppression of their antagonists, the weaker organs (liver and gallbladder).

As a result, the originally weak liver and gallbladder becomes proportionally weaker, causing the relational discrepancy between the strong organs (lung, large intestine) and weak organs (liver, gallbladder) to increase, creating a state of excess imbalance.

This causes the relational support between all organs and interactions to change; the immunity achieved from a state of appropriate imbalance becomes weakened and compromised, allowing clinical pathology to arise.

For example, skin infections, arthritis, bacterial/viral infections, gastrointestinal infections, ulceration can arise when strong organs—lung and large intestine—become overactive. If an unhealthy state persists in this constitution, the patient may be prone to chronic lower abdominal indigestion, chronic migraines, persistent skin infections, anxiety, rheumatism, and lupus.

Individuals with Pulmotonia tend to be very meticulous, and original. They require detailed explanation and understanding, and require sufficient amount of time to prepare and understand in whichever work they are involved in. Rather than bigger picture, they are geared to focus on smaller details. They have a tendency to have sensitive reactions. When healthy, they have a natural tendency to be contemplative and creative. When they are unwell, they have a tendency to be doubtful and prone to excessive worrying.

Maintaining a good posture by straightening the back can prevent the weak liver from being physically constrained, which can improve concentration and reduce fatigue in this constitution.

The above are not absolute characteristics, but general tendencies of Pulmotonia.

Due to a constitutionally weak liver function, drug use and meat consumption cause many side effects and diseases. Avoiding all meat (except ocean fish and seafood), unnecessary drugs, and herbal foods is crucial. It is beneficial to consume white rice, green leafy vegetables, seafood, and ocean fish as your main foods. Frequent headaches and indigestion in the lower abdomen are caused by an incorrect diet. Keeping your back straight is helpful in preventing fatigue and concentrating. Sunbathing and sweating a lot can strain your weak liver function and cause chronic fatigue.

all meats (beef, pork, poultry, lamb) and stocks, milk and dairy products, wheat flour foods, most grains, coffee and tea, artificial flavors, sodas and processed beverages, all root vegetables, garlic, peppers, pumpkins, mushrooms, sugar, soybeans, peanuts, walnuts, legumes such as ginkgo biloba and all nuts, all freshwater fish, apples, tangerines, oranges, mangoes, pears, antlers, ginseng and all drugs, vitamins, alkaline drinks, alcohol and tobacco, sauna all kinds of ocean fishes, shellfishes & seafoods, white rice, buckwheat, mung beans, cucumber, eggplant, cabbage, lettuce, green vegetables, dextrose, banana, strawberry, peach, cherry, quince, aloe vera, ice