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Answer: To repeat, bathing a certain way can have results that are either beneficial or harmful. Therefore, we need to consider, based on our constitution, which way of bathing is most suitable for us.

             For individuals with the renotonia, vesicotonia, pulmotonia, and colonotonia constitutions, bathing with cold water봳aking a cold shower, having a sponge bath with cold water, or swimming봧s beneficial; these individuals should not take hot baths so that they do not perspire. If they perspire from physical exercise or hot weather, they should take a cold bath to cease perspiring. With these factors in view, individuals with the constitutions named above are best suited to living in an environment that is colder in temperature or has an extended winter season. For these individuals, taking a hot bath and perspiring causes more harm than taking a cold bath during the summer. In contrast, individuals who have the other constitutions봦epatonia, cholecystonia, pancreotonia, and gastrotonia봲hould take hot baths and avoid swimming, taking cold showers, and sponge-bathing with cold water.

             One day, a gentleman came to see me; he had worked previously in Southeast Asia. After returning to Korea, he felt that he was cold in his entire body and that his hands and feet were especially chilled. He had gone to see many doctors without receiving any help. After discerning his constitution, he was found to have the hepatonia constitution. He told me that in his previous work situation, he had to jump into the sea numerous times a day to cool off from heating due to hot weather and hard labor. Because the hepatonia constitution is characterized by a higher internal body temperature, hepatonia individuals should take hot baths and avoid taking cold baths. I explained to this patient how taking hot baths is related to his constitution, and I asked him to keep his external body temperature warm at all times. After taking my advice, his condition improved increasingly. Later on another occasion, he told me with some excitement that he had discovered an interesting fact: the indigenous people where he used to work would never jump into the water regardless of how hot the weather was. I am not certain whether all the people in that region have constitutions that are characterized by a higher internal body temperature; nevertheless, witnessing how some individuals get sick from bathing in the sea could encourage others from forming the habit of jumping into the sea.

             It is interesting to note that individuals who have the hepatonia, cholecystonia, pancreotonia and gastrotonia constitutions봧ndividuals who should avoid perspiring봞re typically larger in stature, whereas individuals who have the pulmotonia, colonotonia, renotonia, and vesicotonia constitutions are typically smaller in size. In colder countries in the Northern Hemisphere, including Russia, many people have constitutions that are characterized by a larger stature and a need for perspiring. I imagine that this is the reason that the use of saunas has been very popular in those countries, such as Finland. Along the same line of logic, the reason that individuals who are smaller in stature and who should not perspire much manage to survive in warmer regions is that they enjoy taking cold baths.

             In summary, individuals with the hepatonia, cholecystonia, pancreotonia, and gastrotonia constitutions should perspire regardless of the weather and should accommodate their higher internal body temperature by taking hot baths. In contrast, individuals with the renotonia, vesicotonia, pulmotonia, and colonotonia constitutions should take cold baths to avoid perspiring. These ways of bathing are according to the differences in constitution among individuals.

 

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