The new podcast, “I am NOT Your Health Coach” is up on iTunes!
This week we are digging in to the options available for defining your constitution, we specifically look at iridology, the Ayurvedic doshas, and glandular assessment techniques.
If you haven’t already joined the Facebook group for a behind the scenes peek at each week’s episode, click here to join!
Understanding constitutions allow us to be able to better define what inherent strengths and weaknesses our bodies may contend with.
But this is only half of the puzzle: lifestyle/environment issues also play a part in our wellness (tune in next week for more)!
Please note: defining your constitution does not give you the tools to diagnose yourself with a disease – that is NOT the purpose of holistic work. Good holistic practitioners will only work with imbalance and root cause – not a disease diagnosis.
Why work with more than one constitutional analysis?
Just like a beautiful faceted crystal, only getting a picture from one angle will not reveal the full shape or nature of your inherent constitution.
Learning more than one thing helps you to be able to triangulate the strengths and weaknesses in your system.
Constitution vs. Lifestyle
If it doesn’t show in your constitutional alignment: it is an imbalance stemming from lifestyle issues.
However, do not think that constitution and lifestyle can so easily be separated! Lifestyle choices can exacerbate constitutional weakness and in turn constitutional weaknesses can make a lifestyle choice cause you to be susceptible to imbalance.
Types of Constitutional Assessment
There are several types of constitutional assessment. I teach Eastern and Western assessments to my Qi Do Masters. Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Western Herbalism, and many other systems use different constitutional assessments along with body systems assessments to figure out a personalized plan.
The three assessment tools I am touching on today are the Ayurvedic doshas, basic Iridology types, and the Glandular body type tool.
The doshas each have two of the five elements that are most prevalent for them. Vata is mostly ether and air, pitta is mostly fire and water, kapha is mostly water and earth. Each dosha has subdoshas that define how the dosha works in the body systems, but we will not be digging into that today.
Vata controls movement and is associated with thin body types. The biggest concern for Vata types is deficiency and atrophy.
Pitta controls transformation and is associated with athletic body types. The biggest concern for Pitta types is inflammation related symptoms.
Kapha controls structure and is associated with stocky body types. The biggest concern for Kapha types is a tendency toward obesity and stagnation
There are several debates regarding the efficacy and application of iridology: do the iris fibers change? Do eye colors change due to genetics or toxicity?
Whatever the discussion, the three main eye colors are the overarching constitutions used in iridology. Blue eyes are weak in the lymphatic system, brown eyes tend to have cardiovascular weaknesses, and mixed colors struggle with the biliary system.
The glandular system is based on body type and helps us to recognize which of the endocrine glands are weaker or stronger. This is especially helpful when you are looking to work with the energy in the chakras.
I end this podcast with answers to the nutrition questions that were posted in the Facebook group. Interested in understanding how to get started? Check it out. <3