Phlegm, Humors, and Temperament
I woke up this morning feeling a bit under the weather. It seems that I have another cold starting to make itself known to me. I have a bit of a sore throat and a cough starting. My head is feeling "stuffy" behind my eyes and the bridge of my nose (sinuses). My eyes are feeling tired and are watering. Last, but not least, my body is starting to produce phlegm. Oh, how I do not like this overall feeling!
I do not like the word, "phlegm." It is a yucky, creepy, gross word, much like the thick, viscous secretions when someone is suffering from a cold. The word itself just gives me the heebie-jeebies.
What some may not know is that phlegm is one of the four humors of ancient medicine--phlegm, blood, yellow bile, and black bile. These correspond to the four temperaments--phlegmatic, sanguine, choleric, and melancholy--that Hippocrates associated with the humors.
Of the four bodily humors and the temperaments associated with them, I can tell you this: Although I can behave in an apathetic, calm, and unemotional manner, I do not possess, by nature, a phlegmatic personality.
And I still dislike the word, "phlegm."
(Note: The author will submit more on the four humors and temperaments soon.)
©2016 Coral Levang
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