Studies on the psychosomatic functioning of ill-health according to eastern and western medicine. 2. Anxiety-affinitive constitution associated with qi, blood, and body fluid-diagnostic and therapeutic methods

Masashi Takeichi, Takeshi Sato, Masasuke Takefu

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The objective of this investigation was to identify characteristics of psychosomatic function in medical students (N = 62, mean age, 23.3, SD, 1.7 years) whose ill-health was related to unbalanced qi, blood, and body fluid, and to develop a diagnosis and treatment method for these conditions. Our study revealed complicated characteristics. At the psychological level, these characteristics are stress-related emotional disturbances, including anxiety, insomnia and anergy, and the lowering of social function. At the physiological level, these characteristics are associated with high complexity of fractal dimension of eye (horizontal) and respiratory (thoracic) movements correlated to STAl-trait anxiety. Thus, the three psychosomatic characteristics related to unbalanced qi, blood, and body fluid suggest the concept of an anxiety-affinitive constitution, also described as the equivalent of ill-health This indicates that diagnosis and treatment of this type of constitution has the potential to be useful for both the prevention of stress-related and life-style disease, and the treatment of current disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-190
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Chinese Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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