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Facial Diagnosis

CONSTITUTIONAL DIAGNOSIS.

The meaning of the term constitution in macrobiotic terms is the body type we develop as a result of time spent in our mother's womb and the first seven years of childhood. Our constitution, unlike our condition, is relatively fixed and cannot be altered, thus if we are born with a congenital condition, we cannot heal it through dietary changes.

The question I am going to deal with here is how to know what type of constitution we have, more yin or more yang, as this is significant in terms of setting up a macrobiotic dietary practice which will be balanced for us. The major constitutional feature of the human being is our sex, male or female. In terms of yin and yang the male is outwardly more yang than the female, whereas the female is more yang inwardly than the male.

When we approach the problem of determining our constitution we look at several facial and body features in terms of yin and yang which we use as a checklist as in the following table:
 #  FEATURE  YIN  YANG
 1  Height  Taller Shorter
2  Face Shape  Rounder, elongated More square, narrow
 3  Eyebrows  Slanted down and outward from the center of face Slanted down and inward toward the nose
 4  Eyes  Wide apart Close set
 5    More surface set Deep set
 6  Nose  Long Short
 7    Downturned Upturned
 8    Prominent Flat
 9  Mouth  Wide  Narrow
10  Teeth  Large and more spaced  Narrow and closer together
11    More slanted outwardly  More slanted inwardly
12  Chin  Narrow and pointed  More square
13    No cleft  Presence of cleft
14  Palm/Hand Proportion  Shorter palm, longer fingers  Longer palm, shorter fingers
15  Thumb position palm of hand fully extended  Thumb points away from face  Thumb curls back toward face
16  Fingers  Long, elegant, narrow  Shorter, squarer
17  Nails  Long and narrow  Short and square
18  Torso/Limbs Proportion  Shorter torso/longer limbs  Longer torso/shorter limbs
19  Feet  Long, broad  Shorter and more narrow

To determine whether we have a more yin or more yang constitution we simply check all our features on this list and total up the yin column against the yang column. There will always be in every individual an excess of either yin or yang features according to this list. So, having determined for ourselves whether our constitution is more yin or more yang, how does this effect our way of eating?

We know we have to eat in a balanced way. If we have a more yin constitution, then we eat more toward yang, and if we have a more yang constitution we eat more yin. However, when we factor in our condition we can therefore have four possible scenarios:

 Constitution

Condition
 1  Yin Yin
 2  Yin Yang
 3  Yang Yang
 4  Yang Yin

The problem, as you can readily acknowledge, is that if we have a more yang constitution we need to eat toward a more yin dietary intake but if we have a more yin condition we need to eat the opposite, a more yang dietary intake. So, how do we go about solving the need to eat in a more yin and a more yang way at the same time?

The way we do this is to look at the make-up of a macrobiotic dietary program in terms of yin and yang. As I have pointed out in the General Dietary Recommendations the macrobiotic way of eating consists of Whole Grains as Primary Food and Vegetables as Secondary Food. Now, whole grains are more yang than vegetables. Since whole grains are the foundation of the way of eating, we eat more grains relative to vegetables if we have a more yin constitution and if we have a more yang constitution we eat less grains and more vegetables.

When we want to determine how to eat for our condition we use the vegetables by noting that in the categorization I use in the General Dietary Recommendations that Roots and Ground Vegetables category is more yang than the Leafy Greens category. Thus if we have a more yin condition we eat more vegetables from the roots and ground vegetables category and less from the leafy greens. Whereas if we have a more yang condition we eat more leafy greens and less root and ground vegetables.

After you have used the Facial Diagnosis page to determine your condition and the Constitutional checklist above to determine your constitution, you can use the following table as a guideline for setting up your daily eating habits:

   WHOLE GRAINS

 VEGETABLES
YANG Constitution YIN Condition

 35-40%

 50-55%
     ROOTS/GROUND  LEAFY GREENS
   

 1/2

 1/2
YIN Constitution YANG Condition

 45-55%

 35-40%
     ROOTS/GROUND  LEAFY GREENS
   

 1/2

 1/2
YANG Constitution YANG Condition

 35-40%

50-55%
     ROOTS/GROUND  LEAFY GREENS
   

 1/3

 2/3
YIN Constitution YINCondition

  45-55%

35-40%
     ROOTS/GROUND  LEAFY GREENS
   

 2/3

1/3

These numbers are only to be used as guidelines, keeping in mind that you will be eating one bowl of miso soup daily and the vegetables you use in the soup do NOT figure into the above and you will be eating beans occasionally AND that you will be making adjustments according to the weather and climatic changes that occur in your locality of habitation.


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