Bathing Methods according to Body Type

Hepatonia Individuals Should Take Hot Baths Even in the Summer 

October, 1994    

Light and Salt

Dr. Dowon Kuon

The main purpose of taking a bath is to keep our body clean. However, when it comes to the effects of bathing, we need to consider the aspects of bathing as they are related to our health. Therefore, when we determine the method of bathing, we must keep in mind that it may affect the condition of our health.
There are two kinds of baths: hot baths and cold baths. Hot baths include a bath taken in a hot springs and saunas, while cold baths include cold sponge baths and swimming. By choice of bathing method, we mean the choice between taking a hot bath, which stimulates your body to sweat, or taking a cold bath, which prevents your body from sweating. Some people should sweat as much as possible, whereas others should avoid sweating as much as possible. If the former take a cold bath, they will risk getting diseases, whereas the latter will risk getting diseases if they take a hot bath. Some people, when they have a sore body or suffer from rheumatism, feel better after sweating from a hot bath. Others, in contrast, initially feel better after sweating in a sauna but later end up getting a cold that could last as long as a month.
Certain people become healthier through taking cold sponge baths and swimming, but for others these methods of bathing can be harmful. Some feel that they become unwell while sweating in their sleep, whereas others find that they are even healthier when they sweat profusely in their sleep.
However, these symptoms are not dependent on one’s health condition. Regardless of whether one is healthy or unhealthy, depending on his constitution, he will experience different results from different methods of bathing.
People differ with respect to their internal and external body temperatures. These differences account for differences in personality, behavior, and hobbies, which result in different cultures, customs, and ways by which people live. For example, those whose internal body temperature is higher than their external body temperature have a tendency to prefer open surroundings to enclosed surroundings, being wealthy to being impoverished, and having several relationships rather than being bound by one. On the contrary, those whose internal body temperature is lower than their external temperature prefer an enclosed area to an open area. They also prefer simple things to elaborate things, and prefer having relationships with only certain people to having general relationships with random people.
Since these traits are inherent by birth, they could be positive attributes. However, habits of inappropriate eating and bathing can create an excessive degree of imbalance between the internal and external temperatures of an individual’s body. This results in susceptibility to disease through inciting more internal fever in an individual whose internal temperature is already higher than their external, and also more external fever in an individual whose external temperature is higher than their internal. In these cases, people with a higher internal body temperature are healed through perspiring from taking a hot bath, letting the internal fever go out through sweat. Those with a higher external temperature can be healed by cooling down their body through a cold bath, which prevents sweating.
The problem, however, is that when people have a high fever, they are not able to discern whether it is an internal or external fever.
The eight constitutions refer to the eight arrangements of the internal organs according to their strength and weakness. The organs referred to are the heart, lungs, pancreas, liver, kidneys, small intestines, large intestines, stomach, gallbladder, urinary bladder, and the sympathetic nerve and parasympathetic nerve systems of the autonomic nerve system.
How then can we tell whether our high fever is internal or external? The answer to this question is to know what our constitution is. The eight constitutions came from the eight arrangements of the internal organs according to their strength and weakness. The organs referred to are the heart, lungs, pancreas, liver, kidneys, small intestines, large intestines, stomach, gallbladder, and urinary bladder. Out of the eight constitutions, hepatonia, cholecystonia, pancreotonia and gastrotonia are included in the vagotonia group, which has a high internal fever. Renotonia, vesicotonia, pulmotonia and colonotonia are included in the sympathicotonia group, which has a high external fever. As we all know, all the organs in the body operate by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves. We can move our hands, feet, eyes and tongue on our own, but we cannot control the internal organs of our body. Only the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves control these organs.
The word autonomic has the meaning of “not according to one’s own will but according to the will of the autonomic nerve itself.” There is also a deeper meaning: “according to the will of the master of life that operates the autonomic nerve.” Therefore, we can say that to choose a bathing method according to our constitution is actually to live according to the law of life.
Hence, hepatonia, cholecystonia, pancreotonia and gastrotonia individuals should take hot baths and avoid swimming.
A while ago, a pastor, who is a missionary in Indonesia, visited me. He was suffering from chills and feeling numb in his arms and legs. He had tried various kinds of treatment to heal his condition but did not experience any positive result, and someone referred him to me. He was an individual with the hepatonia constitution. When I asked if he had taken cold baths while working in the hot weather, he said, “I couldn't help but jump into the water whenever I couldn’t bear the heat while working.” I described the hepatonia constitution to him and explained why he should not have taken a cold bath, regardless of how hot the weather was. After I gave him a treatment to take the internal fever out of his body and to raise his external body temperature, he was recovered. He told me that he now understood why the native people in Indonesia never got into the cold water even in such hot weather. I believe that the people there probably saw some become ill after taking a cold bath and mistakenly believed that anyone who takes a cold bath would get sick.
Those whose constitution is renotonia, vesicotonia, pulmotonia, or colonotonia should take a cold bath in the form of a cold shower, a cold sponge bath, or swimming. Sweating from a hot bath is dangerous for individuals with these constitutions. Even after perspiring from sunbathing or exercising, they should try to limit their perspiring by taking a cold bath afterwards. It is therefore beneficial for those with these constitutions to live in a cold climate. However, if they take a hot bath to keep themselves warm in cold weather, it will be worse for them than taking a cold bath while living in a hot area.
The four constitutions that should perspire (hepatonia, for example) have a large body frame. The other four that should not perspire (renotonia for example) have a small body frame. Exceptions may be those with large bodies who live in cold places like Finland or Russia. They do well living there probably because they take hot baths and go into saunas. Also, smaller people may do well in warmer climates as long as they take cold baths.
In conclusion, based on the Eight Constitutions Medicine, the four constitutions that are categorized with hepatonia must take hot baths during all four seasons regardless of whether they are healthy or not, and the other four constitutions in the same category as renotonia must take cold baths.


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