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Which Chinese element is your dog?

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.

 

By | 2015-12-29T12:16:01+00:00 December 30th, 2015|Behavior, cats, Chinese medicine, dogs, horses|0 Comments

About the Author:

Christina Chambreau, DVM, graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary College in 1980 and has had a Homeopathic Veterinary Practice since 1988. She is co-founder and was Chair for the Academy of Veterinary homeopathy. She is the author of Healthy Animal’s Journal: What You Can Do to Have Your Dog or Cat Live a Long and Healthy Life; Healthy Dog Journal ebook; Fleas Be Gone kindle; and co-author of Tutorial and Workbook for the Homeopathic Repertory and How to Have a Stress Free Wedding and Live Happily Ever After. She has written and is quoted in many magazines. She lectures at veterinary conferences around the world. She speaks and gives classes for animal enthusiasts and practitioners. She is committed to empowering people to heal their animals and themselves in a way that heals the planet.

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