HERB - Humoral Theory
Sheron Buchele/Curtis Rowland
foxryde at verinet.com
Thu Jan 28 09:16:26 PST 1999
Good Mistress Agnes,
Your comments on Humoral Theory were quite fastinating. Where do you get
this weath of information on the humoral theory? I am really really
interested in this.
At 09:18 AM 1/28/99 -0600, you wrote:
>Christine A Seelye-King wrote:
>> This is from a site called the Compendium of Common Knowledge, for
>> historical (specifically Elizabethan) re-enactors. I thought it did a
>> good job of explaining the Humoral Theory.
>> Science and Health
>> (without key to the scriptures)
>Christiana, what do you think "without key to the scriptures" means?
>> Everything in the world is composed of four elements:
>> Earth, Air, Fire and Water
>> In the human body, the humours are the natural bodily
>> fluids. They correspond to the elements and have various
>> qualities: cold, dry, hot, and moist.
>Note that the humours are made of two elements (choler is hot dry, or
>> The nature or complexion of anything is a combination
>> of two of these humourous qualities.
>so I don't think this is accurately stated.
>> Here is a simple chart of the relationships of the
>> humours and elements.
>> Most people are aware of this chart to some degree.
>> (Hypochondriacs have it memorized.)
>what I think hypochondriacs have memorized is the zodiac. Since the
>like everything else composed of the 4 elements, the planetary arrangement at
>tells a lot about what your tendencies are at a much finer scale.
>8th house is
>health and what is in your 8th house helps the physician distinguish between
>hot wet fevers
>and hot dry fevers.
>And usually cures were Doctrine of Opposites: treat cold dry fevers with
>physical treatments or
>herbs that are hot wet. Better still, if its Mars in your 8th house treat
>under Venus, or a Fire sign of the zodiac with a plant under a water sign,
>especially exact opposites across the chart. Box, governed by Mars, and mint,
>governed by Venus, are both used for fevers, but very different ones.
>> Element Humour Quality
>> Fire Choler (yellow bile) hot and dry Choleric
>> Air Blood hot and Sanguine
>> (jolly, moist
>> Water Phlegm cold and
>> Phlegmatic moist
>> (sluggish, slow)
>> Earth Melancholy Melancholic
>> (black bile) cold and dry (sad, lovesick)
>I have wondered how the learned physician cast the horoscope of people who
>didn't know their
>hour of birth. And while there are Period manuals for estimating, no
>was one of the
>mechanisms for maintaining class divisions, since upperclass people would
>the hour of a child's birth.
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