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When choosing a treatment
for someone, mental and emotional types should be taken into
consideration; including such matters as the individuals fears and
anxieties. An individuals temperament also needs consideration, this
means looking at whether they are generally happy, tearful, sad,
confident, lazy etc. Then other factors that may affect the
individual need to be looked at to ascertain whether or not these
factors affect the condition itself; such as how they respond to
noise, if they are bright and alert in the morning, if they prefer
to be in groups or on their own. Physical factors are also
important; looking at whether the patient is short or tall, fat or
thin, long or short limbed, under or overweight, their eye colour,
hair colour, hair type, preferred type of clothing and so
Once you have determined a constitutional type it is
easier to prescribe a more effective treatment. For example, if
someone is suffering from stomach pains. The best remedy for stomach
pains is A, B, or C. The best remedy for the emotional aspects of a
person is B and C. The best remedy according to the persons
constitution is B, so B will be the best remedy. Remedy A would
still have done some good being a known treatment for stomach pains
but B would be more effective as it suits the symptoms and the
MAIN CONSTITUTIONAL TYPES
Appearance: Pale complexion, looking
older than actual age due to worry and tension.
Mental and emotional aspects: Cheerful and
impressionable. Often anxious and worried. Always in a hurry and can
be impulsive. Finds it difficult to control emotions. Readily
laughs, cries and loses temper. Quick thinking and adept at solving
problems. Tends to be extroverted to hide true feelings.
Physical weaknesses: Nervous system. Eyes. Digestive
system. Ailments tend to the left side. Dietary factors: Likes
chocolate, candy, salt and cheese. Dislikes chilled
The Argent Nit. child: Always moving around and
never wants to sit still. Prone to nervousness and can experience
upset stomach when stressed. May react badly to new situations like
moving house. Can be prone to insomnia due to worry. Prone to
The Argent Nit. Types tend to have weak mucous
membranes in their eyes.
The Arsen. Alb. Type
Appearance: Usually thin or slim. Often well
groomed and stylish. Fine facial features with fine, delicate skin.
Frown lines can appear on the forehead.
Mental and emotional aspects: Restless person.
Perfectionist at work and at home. Can be critical and intolerant.
Strong opinions. Can have a deep fear of being alone. Obsessive and
compulsive behaviour, especially concerning cleanliness and
tidying-up; this can hide a hoarding mentality. Can pull out of
plans early if they think it is not going to work 100%. Pessimistic
in nature with a need for constant reassurance.
Physical weaknesses: Digestive system. Skin.
Respiratory system (coughs, asthma and colds) Dietary factors: Likes
fatty foods, warm foods and drinks, in particular coffee, candy,
alcohol and sour tasting foods. Dislikes large amount of
The Arsen. Alb. child: Highly sensitive and
highly-strung. Easily upset by loud noise. Can become exhausted
after periods of exertion. Active imagination can create nightmares
in dreams. Increasingly mentally and physically agile with age. Can
worry overly about parents well being. Dislikes mess and being
messy, keeps room tidy.
Warm drinks and sweet foods are favoured by the
Arsen. Alb. Types.
The Calc. Carb.
Appearance: Overweight or gain weight
easily. Sluggish, bloated and tired in appearance.
Mental and emotional aspects: Impressionable,
sensitive and quiet. May become withdrawn due to fear of failure.
Can dwell too much on a particular problem. May be greatly upset by
cruelty to children and animals. Needs motivation to succeed in
tasks. Can be prone to mild depression when unwell. Reassurance
helps to improve condition.
Physical weaknesses: Ears, nose and throat. Skeletal
system, may manifest as back ache. Digestive system, may be prone to
irritable bowel syndrome and feeling bloated. Skin. Teeth.
Exhaustion, prone to chronic fatigue syndrome. Prone to
Dietary factors: Likes dairy products, eggs, candy,
salt, desserts, chocolate, carbohydrates, iced drinks and ice cream.
Dislikes fatty meats, boiled food and boiled milk.
The Calc. Carb. child: Plump and overweight. Placid
and calm. Slow to walk and talk and teeth are slow to develop. Can
fall over easily. Scared of the dark and can be prone to waking up
due to bad dreams. Often lazy and may need encouragement with
homework because may give up easily.
Ears, nose and throat are weak areas of the Calc.
Appearance: Prone to being overweight and
has a large appetite. Blushes easily. Can have a rugged, windswept
appearance. May have rough, dry skin that can crack easily. Dry
hair, usually dark. Flaky scalp.
Mental and emotional aspects: Takes time to work
things out and solve problems. Deep concentration on a task can
create irritability. Not always willing to change habits and
routines. Not an early morning person. Possible mood swings, tearful
and despondent then impatient.
Physical weaknesses: Skin. Nails. Slow metabolic
rate. May often have sores in corner of mouth, be exhausted, have
bad breath, nose bleeds, styes in eyes and suffer from travel
sickness. Dietary factors: Likes sour and savoury foods. Dislikes
sweet foods, salt, seafood and hot drinks.
The Graphites child: Feels the cold and gets chills
quickly. Timid, hesitant and anxious. Does not like travelling great
distances because of travel sickness.
The Graphites type like savoury foods, such as
vegetables and salads.
The Ignatia Type
Appearance: Slim build. Prone to dark circles
under eyes. Expression may be tired and drawn and may also suffer
from involuntary twitches of mouth or eyes. Dry lips. Dark to mid
range colour hair. Sighs a lot.
Mental and emotional aspects: Very highly strung.
Rapid and extreme mood swings. Can jump from tears to joy then back
to depression in the blink of an eye; prone to suppression of grief.
Possible difficulty in ending relationships and seeing this as a
weakness. Coffee and cigarette addiction is common.
Physical weaknesses: Nervous system. Endless list of
problems caused by emotional trauma. Common ailments include
hysterical grief over bereavement, leading to headaches, sore
throat, coughs and colds, constipation, twitching and grinding
teeth. Dietary factors: Likes coffee (even though not good for
them), sour and savoury foods, dairy products, carbohydrates.
Dislikes sweet foods.
The Ignatia child: Highly strung, excitable and
sensitive. Finds it difficult to function when stressed. Divorce of
parents almost impossible to deal with, causing outbursts of anger,
crying and poor grades at school. Prefers not to be alone. May
experience headaches, choughs, sore throats. Responds well to
The Ignatia type like dairy foods.
Appearance: May appear bloated or lean.
Strong, fixed expression. Usually has pale complexion with
occasional freckles. Strong, staring eyes. May lick lips a
Mental and emotional aspects: Very ambitious and
creative. Mind can become crowded with thoughts. Jealous and
possessive. Talkative. May be sensitive to noise. May view self as
sinful when religious. Suspicious of strangers.
Physical weaknesses: Circulation and nervous system.
Hyperactivity, varicose veins, menopausal problems, sore throats and
asthma, bad sleep and insomnia, palpitations and panic attacks.
Prone to left-side problems. Physical ailments made worse when
trying to sleep and lay still.
Dietary factors: Likes coffee, alcohol and seafood,
cool drinks, sour and savoury food and carbohydrates. Dislikes sweet
The Lachesis child: Full of spite, can be hurtful to
peers. Hyperactive and jealous of brothers and sisters, especially
new babies. Prone to bad dreams and nightmares. May suffer from
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
The Lachesis types often lick their top lip.
Appearance: Tall and lean with worry and
frown lines on head. Often look older than their years. Facial
twitching. Thinning hair in men. Dislikes wearing light
Mental and emotional aspects: A drama queen,
creating mountains out of molehills. Insecure and hates change.
Avoids commitment. Anxious over important events. Deep fear of being
alone and of the dark. Forgetful. Finds trivial mistakes
disproportionately irritating. Hates being contradicted.
Physical weaknesses: Digestive disorders, kidney
stones, prostate, sore throats, male baldness. May be prone to
chronic fatigue syndrome. Right-side problems.
Dietary factors: Likes sweet foods and warm drinks,
onions, garlic and seafood. Dislikes cheese and strongly flavoured
The Lycopodium child: Insecure and shy, though can
be dominant and bossy with children they know. Prefers indoor
pursuits over outdoors. Conscientious and achiever
The Lycopodium type men can lose their hair
The Merc. Sol. Type
Appearance: Medium build. Skin on face may
appear shiny due to moisture from perspiration, with grey
translucent look. Hair may be fair to medium colour.
Mental and emotional aspects: May struggle
internally with emotions. Resentment and lack of trust in others may
cause insecurity. Dislikes criticism directed and self and taking
orders. May explode with rage and anger. Poor memory with thought
patterns becoming muddled in later life.
Physical weaknesses: Sore throat, swelling of glands
and exhaustion. Sensitive skin with allergies being common. May be
prone to chronic fatigue syndrome and Season Affective Disorder
(depression during the darker winter).
Dietary factors: Likes cold drinks, carbohydrates
and citrus fruits. Dislikes strongly flavoured foods.
The Merc. Sol. child: Irritating behaviour. Shy and
cautious. May stammer. Susceptible to ear nose and throat
The Merc Sol may suffer from changes in the weather
The Nat. mur.
Appearance: Pear-shaped build in women.
Solid, strong and lean build in men. Skin can be puffy and oily with
frequent swelling. Watery, red eyes. Dry cracked lips. Medium to
Mental and emotional aspects: Will suppress emotions
such as, fear, anger, guilt and loneliness, which can lead to
depression. May suppress feelings over lost loved ones. May become
very depressed after relationship break-up. Will possibly wish to
cry but find self unable. Suffer in silence rather than ask for
help. Down to Earth with mind set on career.
Physical weaknesses: Nervous system. Depression,
premenstrual syndrome, anorexia; skin problems; mouth ulcers and
cold sores; palpitations and headaches.
Dietary factors: Likes cold drinks, sour and savoury
foods and craves salt and most carbohydrates. Dislikes coffee and
The Nat. mur. child: Small for their age. Slow
development. Well behaved. Loves animals. Very good academically but
can become extremely hurt if criticised at school. May suffer from
headaches under pressure.
The Nat. mur. type may be professional and career
The Nux Vomica
Appearance: Slim, especially when young.
Smart appearance. May look stressed and tense. Ages prematurely. May
have dark circles under eyes. Face becomes flushed when angry or
Mental and emotional aspects: Can suffer from
addictions and overindulgence. May have cravings for alcohol,
coffee, cigarettes. Can be addicted to sex. Finds it difficult to
relax. Can be very ambitious. Impatient. Intolerant of imperfection
in others. Failure is the worst thing that can happen.
Physical weaknesses: Digestive disorders from
hangovers and overindulgence. Migraines and headaches. Hernia and
hay fever. Feels better after sleep.
Dietary factors: Likes fatty and rich food, cheese
and cream, alcohol, coffee and spicy foods. Dislikes the effects of
some spicy food even though they like eating them.
The Nux Vomica child: Irritable and easily bored.
May be prone to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. May have
temper tantrums. Competitive as a teenager. Because they like to be
rebellious they may become addicted to drugs or alcohol.
The Nux Vomica type may become dependant on drugs or
Appearance: Tall and slim with long limbs.
Likes to be stylish. Artistic and creative in appearance. Fine skin.
Can have fair to dark hair.
Mental and emotional aspects: Needs a lot of love
and attention. Good fun to be around but can become demanding. Likes
to be the centre of attention and like being cared for when upset or
unwell. Expressive, affectionate and not afraid to show emotions.
Needs reassurance regarding looks and image. Short attention span.
Can be hard work for partner.
Physical weaknesses: Nervous system especially fear
and hypersensitivity. Circulation problems. Dizziness. Coughs and
colds. Weakness of the lungs. Headaches. Left-side problems. Dietary
factors: Likes sour and savoury foods, salt, spicy food, carbonated
drinks, alcohol, mild cheeses and sweet foods. Dislikes strongly
flavoured fish and fruit.
The Phosphorus child: Tall and slim with ling legs
and arms. Nervous. Likes to be with people and centre of attention.
Loves to receive attention. Strong fear of the dark.
The Phosphorus type like mild cheeses and sour and
The Pulsatilla Type
Appearance: Can be slightly overweight. Gentle
and kind appearance. Can look younger than actual age. Hair is fair
and skin has a rosy complexion. Blushes easily. Often rests with
hands behind head.
Mental and emotional aspects: Shy and easily
embarrassed. Kind and gentle and makes friends easily. Likes to be
supported by others. Not assertive and can be indecisive. Cries
easily, in particular over cruelty to children and animals, tragic
news or weepy movies. Also laughs easily. Avoids confrontation.
Loves animals. Can suppress guilt and anger. Occasionally prone to
obsessive or compulsive behaviour.
Physical weaknesses: All female reproductive
problems. Catarrh. Irritable bowel syndrome. Skin problems. Varicose
veins. Styes. Physical symptoms can fluctuate and change
Dietary factors: Likes sweet foods, cold foods and
cold drinks. Dislikes fatty foods such as cream and butter, and very
rich, spicy foods.
The Pulsatilla child: Fears the dark and dislikes
bedtime. Sensitive to changes in the weather. Becomes tearful and
weepy when overtired. Prone to coughs and colds.
The Pulsatilla types often rest with their hands
behind their heads.
The Sepia Type
Appearance: Slim and tall. Often sits with legs
crossed. Likes to look attractive and elegant. Medium to dark hair,
often with brown eyes.
Mental and emotional aspects: Can be irritable and
easily offended. Tendency to be aggressive to loved ones. Cannot
handle too much stress and tries to avoid pressure and deadlines.
Can feel better after weeping, but does not like it when others are
fussing around. Avoids crowds but fears being alone. Hates being
contradicted, as holds strong opinions.
Physical weaknesses: These include all menopausal
problems. Headaches and migraine. Skin problems. Other common
ailments include constipation and haemorrhoids, chronic fatigue
syndrome and depression. Conditions usually improve with exertion.
Physical problems mostly occur on left side.
Dietary factors: Likes spices, sour and savoury
foods, citrus fruits, sweet foods and alcohol. Dislikes dairy
products, especially milk, rich and strongly flavoured meets and
The Sepia child: Greedy. Prone to constipation. Can
become a bedwetter. Moody. Feels the cold and can become tired
easily. Does not like being alone.
The Sepia type doesnt like crowds but fears being
Appearance: Often thin or slim, with a
large forehead. The head can appear too large for the body.
Delicate, fine features; almost doll-like in appearance. The skin of
the lips goes grey and can be cracked. The palms of the hands feel
sweaty to the tough and nails can be brittle.
Mental and emotional aspects: Appears to have low
confidence from a young age. Prone to mental exhaustion. Can become
overburdened and overwhelmed. Responsibility weighs heavily on the
Silicea type. Can be indecisive about taking on new projects, moves
and new jobs. Fear of failure may surface in form of being a
workaholic. Fear of failure can also spread into personal
relationships. May stubbornly resist advice from friends and loved
ones in order to hide true feelings.
Physical weaknesses: Problems with nervous system,
especially due to burnout from new projects. Exhaustion. Slowness in
healing and getting well. Respiratory illnesses and weaknesses
including chest infections and low resistance to coughs and colds.
Constipation. Skin problems. Headaches. Feels the cold.
Dietary factors: Likes cold foods such as salads and
raw vegetables. Dislikes meet and dairy products, especially cheese
and milk. Dislikes very hot food.
The Silicea child: Can be smaller than children of a
similar age, with petite appearance, apart from large head. Feels
the cold. Not sporty as has little stamina. Can be shy. Usually tidy
and well behaved.
The Silicea type may have brittle nails and
Appearance: May be slim with poor posture.
May look untidy. Hair may be course, dry. Skin and lips can be prone
Mental and emotional aspects:Mind can be cluttered.
Can be critical. Likes to argue. May lack willpower and self-esteem.
Might not complete ideas and projects.
Physical weaknesses: Prone to skin and circulation
problems; haemorrhoids and constipation; hot, burning feet; body
Dietary factors: Likes sweet foods, fatty foods and
stimulants such as coffee and chocolate. Likes alcohol, spicy foods,
citrus fruits, salads and seafood. Dislikes dairy products,
especially milk and eggs. Dislikes most hot drinks.
The Sulphur child: Untidy looking. Can be
hyperactive in the evening. Does not like showers, bathing or
washing hands. Has a very healthy appetite.
The Sulphur type enjoys sour foods such as citrus