Medicine Tree

Tashi Delek

Tibetan Medicine teaches that everyone is born with a unique nature called Energy, or Humor,  that defines the individuals constitution. When these Humors are in balance and harmony within our body then we are considered to be of good health. However, life being as it is, we are often out of balance.

Below we have a brief description of the Humors and a simple test to help you calculate your current state of balance. It is important to be honest and it is recommended that when in doubt to consult with someone that knows you well for their opinion.  The results are a snapshot of your current state of harmony and will help you make a decision as to what products might be best for you at this time.  Consequently, it is important to write down the results for two reasons; first because when you leave the page it will not be saved, second so that you can build a history which you can compare and evaluate your changes in harmonic balance of the Three Humors. 

The Three Principle Energies or Humors

Medicine Buddha Mandala 1. rLung, (pronounced Loong) or Wind,  is one of the three principle energies of the body which manifests the nature of Air element. It is characterized by rough, light, cold, subtle, hard and mobile. It is responsible for the physical and mental activities, respiration, expulsion of urine, faces, fetus, menstruation, spitting, burping, speech, gives clarity to sense organs, sustains life by means of acting as a medium between mind and body.

2. mKhris-pa (pronounced – Tripa), is the nature of Fire, and represent Bile in Tibetan Medicine.  It is characterized by oily, sharp, hot, light, fetid, purgative and fluidity. mKhris-pa is responsible for hunger, thirst, digestion and assimilation, promotes bodily heat, gives lustre to body complexion and provides courage and determination.

3. Bae-Kan (pronounced – Bacon) is the nature of both Water and Earth and represents Phlegm in Tibetan Medicine. It is cold in nature and is characterized by oily, cool, heavy, blunt, firm and sticky. Bae-kan is responsible for firmness of the body, stability of mind, induces sleep, connects bodily joints, generates tolerance and lubricates the body.

Further, an individual is not typically just one type but a combination of the three Humors or Energies. There are seven categories that Tibetan Medicine defines:

  1. rLung – Movement of Energy dominates Tripa and Bae-Kan
  2. Tripa – Hot Energy dominates rLung and Tripa
  3. Bae-Kan – Cold Energy
  4. rLung/Tripa, Tripa/rLung – Movement and Hot Energies dominate Cold or Bae-Kan.
  5. Tripa/Bae-kan/Bae/Tripa – Hot and Cold Energies  dominate rLung.
  6. Bae-Kan/rLung, rLung/Bae-Kan – Cold and Movement energies dominate Tripa
  7. rLung/Tripa/Bae-Kan (rare) – All three energies are equal.

In the Art and Science of Healing in traditional Tibetan Medicine, Astronomy and Astrology involves the proper alignment of the 3 Humors or energies, 7 bodily constituents and 3 excretions, into a state of equilibrium or harmony. If this is accomplished, then the body is said to be in a state of health and free from psycho-physiological disorders. However, when the body is out of harmony or in a state disequilibrium, in any of these energies constitutes, then the body is in a state of disorder or ill-health.

The following test will provide you with a view to your current alignment to the Three Humors/Energies. The questions are assigned to three categories:

  1. Category 1 – rLung
  2. Category 2 – Tripa
  3. Category 3 – Bae-kan

After you hit the submit button then the results will be displayed from the highest percentage to the smallest percentage, or, from dominate category to the least dominate giving you a perspective of your balance. Based on these results you can reach some conclusion as to what energies need to be balanced. If one has to much Tripa or fire then adding either Wind or Earth and Water may help to balance out your energies. This information can help to determine what teas, tonics or lotions may best help to create the balance you need. After working with them you may want to retake the test to see what affect they have had on your balance of energies.

Note that it is important to be as honest as possible and it is often recommended that you have someone who will talk to honestly to help you answer these questions.

Be sure to write down the results so that you can compare them later. We hope to upgrade the functionality in the future.

For a list of Tibetan Medicine Doctors in the U.S. please go follow this link.

We thank Men-tsee Kang   for helping with this test.     

Question 1: Throughout my life I have been free spirited.
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Question 2: My joints tend to be stiff with self cracking sounds.
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Question 3: I prefer this climate - Warm and Dry.
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Question 4: My height is average
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Question 5: When exposed to the sun my skin darkens after a mild sunburn.
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Question 6: My appetite irregular ranging from hunger to a lack of appetite.
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Question 7: When stressed out I tend to be complacent, inflexible, and procrastinating.
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Question 8: To relax I socialize and engage in artistic activities.
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Question 9: In dealing with other people I tend to be excited and imaginative.
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Question 10: My hair naturally tends to be thick, wavy, healthy and lustrous.
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Question 11: My body strong and stocky.
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Question 12: My sleep is deep and long.
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Question 13: My spending habits tend to be spontaneous.
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Question 14: When stressed out I tend to be angry, judgmental, irritable.
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Question 15: My mind tends to be goal directed.
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Question 16: My veins are highly visible.
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Question 17: My speech is pleasant, deliberate, and not talkative.
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Question 18: My menstruation without medication is (if applicable) irregular, scanty, and PMS includes anxiety, insomnia, and moodiness.
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Question 19: My blood circulation is good and I feel warm, and my hands and feet feel warm
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Question 20: When upset I tend to be withdrawn, inactive, and resentful.
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Question 21: My friendships are characterized by - I slowly make friends, and develop lasting friendships with a few people.
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Question 22: My menstruation without medication is (if applicable) regular, and PMS includes irritability, rashes, headaches and cravings.
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Question 23: My teeth are even, large and strong.
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Question 24: My sleep is light and irregular.
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Question 25: My blood circulation is weak and I feel cold and often I have cold hands and feet.
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Question 26: When exposed to the sun my skin tans without sun burning.
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Question 27: My skin tends to be warm and oily.
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Question 28: My mind tends to be satisfied.
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Question 29: My dreams when I sleep tend to be coherent and calm.
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Question 30: My digestive heat or metabolic rate is low and I digest food slowly.
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Question 31: My voice tends to be low and soft.
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Question 32: My spending habits tend to be sensible.
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Question 33: My energy level is steady.
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Question 34: My mind tends to be restless.
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Question 35: Typically I react in this way to change - Reactive and Direct.
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Question 36: My bowel movements tend to be irregular and I have periodic constipation.
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Question 37: My veins are visible.
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Question 38: I am happiest when I am with having a quiet comfortable time alone or with a few good friends.
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Question 39: My teeth are sensitive, uneven, and gums tend to receive early.
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Question 40: My lifestyle is - Organized.
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Question 41: My digestive heat or metabolic rate is high and I digest food fast.
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Question 42: I tend to engage in this kind of exercise - Mild if any.
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Question 43: My learning style is variable and unfocused.
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Question 44: My body muscular and proportional.
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Question 45: My voice tends to vary in volume and be prone to hoarseness.
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Question 46: My appetite is excellent but I become irritable without regular meals.
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Question 47: Here is how I tend to approach life - Question and Doubt.
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Question 48: My sex drive is moderate with slow arousal.
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Question 49: My voice tends to be loud and distinct.
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Question 50: My veins are faintly visible.
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Question 51: My sex drive is variable with an active fantasy life.
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Question 52: Here is how I tend to approach life - Strive to get ahead.?
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Question 53: My joints tend to be flexible.
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Question 54: I tend to engage in this kind of exercise - Vigorous which refreshes me.
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Question 55: My appetite is moderate, I love sweets and I am prone to emotional snacking.
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Question 56: My skin tends to be sensitive, prone to acne, rashes, rashes, freckles, and moles.
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Question 57: My hair naturally tends to be fine, straight, prone to premature graying and baldness.
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Question 58: My bowel movements tend to be regular and formed.
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Question 59: My skin tends to be prone to chapping, corns, calluses, and cracked heels.
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Question 60: My teeth are prone to cavities, bleeding gums, and canker sores.
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Question 61: My digestive heat or metabolic rate is fluctuating and my digestion varies from fast to slow.
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Question 62: My nails tend to be strong and thick.
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Question 63: My dreams when I sleep tend to be busy and incoherent.
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Question 64: My height is short or unusually tall and slightly stooped
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Question 65: My joints tend to be well lubricated with few cracking sounds.
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Question 66: My personality tends to be ambitious, competitive, goal oriented, motivated, and adventurous.
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Question 67: Typically I react in this way to change - Resistant to Change and Cautious.
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Question 68: My skin tends to be dry and rough.
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Question 69: My blood circulation is irregular and my body temperature varies from hot to cold.
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Question 70: My dreams when I sleep tend to be adventurous and intense.
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Question 71: When upset I tend to be demanding, frustrated, and hot tempered.
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Question 72: I am happiest when I am with friends engaging in competitive and adventurous activities
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Question 73: My weight tends to be overweight, easy to gain and hard to lose
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Question 74: Throughout my life I goal oriented.
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Question 75: My bowel movements tend to be frequent and loose.
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Question 76: My speech is excited, talkative, jumping, from topic to topic.
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Question 77: When exposed to the sun my skin becomes red and rarely tans.
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Question 78: My approach to work is practical, managerial and I am less able to initiate a new project but I can make it run smoothly.
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Question 79: I learn methodically and I apply learning for a long time.
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Question 80: I learn easily but I quickly forget.
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Question 81: When I experience pain I tend to be withdrawn.
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Question 82: I tend to engage in this kind of exercise - Vigorous but I quickly get exhausted.
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Question 83: When I experience pain I tend to be hypersensitive.
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Question 84: I prefer this climate - Cool and Dry.
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Question 85: My eyes tend to be dry.
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Question 86: To relax I read and engage in quiet activities.
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Question 87: My weight tends to be average with minor fluctuations.
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Question 88: My sex drive is high with passionate desire.
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Question 89: I learn easily and I remember what I learn.
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Question 90: My confidence level is low on the surface but I have inner confidence.
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Question 91: My sweat is minimal.
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Question 92: My spending habits tend to be frugal.
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Question 93: My body frame is thin and light.
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Question 94: I am susceptible to this combination of symptoms - Fever, infection, acid reflux and nausea.
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Question 95: When upset I tend to be anxious, restless, and indecisive.
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Question 96: I enjoy this combination of foods and beverages - Spicy foods, French Fries, Meat, and Alcohol.
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Question 97: My confidence level is low and I lack confidence on the surface and inside.
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Question 98: My nails tend to be soft and smooth.
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Question 99: In dealing with other people I tend to be courageous and determined.
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Question 100: My speech is convincing, confident, and argumentative.
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Question 101: My learning style is quick and focused.
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Question 102: Throughout my life I have been easy going.
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Question 103: My skin tends cool and smooth.
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Question 104: My eyes tend to be prone to redness and irritation.
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Question 105: Typically I react in this way to change - Anxious and Flexible.
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Question 106: Here is how I tend to approach life - Be Content.
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Question 107: My friendships are characterized by - I make friends easily and have many good friends.
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Question 108: My height is above average and erect.
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Question 109: My friendships are characterized by - I know many people and my friendships are brief and lack closeness.
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Question 110: I tend to have this negativity - Confusion and Closed Mindedness.
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Question 111: My lifestyle is - Stable.
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Question 112: My hair naturally tends to be dry, coarse, curly, prone to dandruff and split ends.
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Question 113: My energy level is high.
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Question 114: I enjoy this combination of foods and beverages - Salads, Soups, Coffee, and Energy Drinks.
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Question 115: I tend to have this negativity - Greed and Desire.
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Question 116: My sweat is plentiful.
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Question 117: When stressed out I tend to be fearful, insecure and tense.
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Question 118: My weight tends to be underweight, hard to gain and easy to use.
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Question 119: My nails tend to be thin and brittle.
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Question 120: My personality tends to be lively, creative, flexible, enthusiastic and sensitive.
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Question 121: To relax I exercise and engage in competitive activities.
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Question 122: In dealing with other people I tend to be loving and compassionate.
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Question 123: I am happiest when I am with a group of people, talking, laughing, singing, and dancing.
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Question 124: My confidence level is high on the surface but I lack confidence inside.
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Question 125: My eyes tend to be well lubricated.
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Question 126: I am susceptible to this combination of symptoms - Colds, water retention, weight gain, and slow digestion.
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Question 127: My skin tens to be moist and not prone to skin irritations.
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Question 128: My approach to work is imaginative, original, and I have many idea but lack the focus to carry them out.
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Question 129: My sweat is moderate.
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Question 130: My lifestyle is - Unplanned.
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Question 131: I tend to have this negativity - Anger and Hostility.
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Question 132: My learning style is relaxed and steady.
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Question 133: I prefer this climate - Hot and Humid.
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Question 134: My personality tends to be calm, persistent, considerate, serious, and humble.
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Question 135: When I experience pain I tend to be impatient.
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Question 136: My sleep is good but irregular at times.
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Question 137: I am susceptible to this combination of symptoms - Insomnia, anxiety, ringing in ears, and shifting pain .
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Question 138: My menstruation without medication is (if applicable) of long duration, heavy and PMS includes cramping, bloating and lethargy.
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Question 139: My approach to work is methodical, focused and I enjoy developing and delegating new projects.
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Question 140: I enjoy this combination of foods and beverages - Sweets, Snacks, Starchy foods, and Fruit Juices.
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Question 141: My energy level is variable.
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For a list of Tibetan Medicine Doctors in the U.S. please go follow this link.