Dr. Doug Knueven’s blog is fun today. I have suggested signing up for his blog before. Today he looks at how different dog breeds personify the five elements in TCVM (traditional Chinese veterinary medicine).
The Fire constitution
- typical toy poodle – full of excitement and enthusiasm. Of course any breed can be a fire constitution.
- Dr. Doug goes on to say how a fire constitution may act when out of balance: deficiency is sad, lonely, and lacks interest. Excess is over-excited with manic or inappropriate behavior.
- Organ: heart.
The Earth constitution
- Labrador Retriever, a gentle caregiver who hovers, nurtures, and protects.
- Deficiency: excessive worry. Excess: clingy and possessive.
- Organ: digestive system with obesity, food intolerance, and diarrhea.
The Metal constitution
- Border Collie focused on getting things done RIGHT.
- Deficiency: inability to form lasting bonds and tends toward isolation. Excess: inflexibility and an extreme need for control.
- Organ: respiratory system so lung problems such as asthma or pneumonia.
The Water constitution
- St. Bernard who tend to be “thinkers, not doers.”
- Deficiency: fearful and easily discouraged. Excess: stubbornness.
- Organ: birth defects, kidney and bladder issues, and deafness.
The Wood constitution
- Jack Russell Terrier who is always active and doing something.
- Deficiency: uncertainty, has low self-confidence, and is easily dominated. Excess: anger, aggressiveness, impatience and frustration.
- Organ: liver, vomiting bile and red eyes.
Madalyn Ward’s Holistic Horsekeeping site is a great site and her blog has a very long section on horse typing with foods and issues. She has a separate site that introduces you to each element including much more than I list here.
Fire: eager to please, fine boned, sensitive
Earth: easy going, willing, “let’s be a team.”
Metal: Hard working, tough, aloof
Water: Sensitive, strong willed, athletic
Wood: I will win; strong willed, competitive.