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Typologies in Different Traditions - Babies and Bathwater!
9 September 2012
2:06 pm
Mark Jack
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So this is a quick thought that will hopefully start a discussion…

There are a few different traditions that use typologies (constitutional types) and that is really valuable. But what is the essence, the really useful bits, as opposed to the baggage? And at what points do they overstep the mark or were limited by the level of scientific knowledge of the cultures and times in which they arose, and in which areas do they excel.

I have yet to do more than just glance through this, but Michael Moore has built up an energetic, constitutional model based around the western understanding of anatomy and physiology (http://www.swsbm.com/ManualsMM/HRBENRGT.pdf). Would this be a good direction to be heading, giving energetics and typologies their place, but also keeping it tied to the best we know of the physical body from modern science (how well is Michael Moore’s approach tied?). But then would Michael Moore have as good an understanding of the subtle bodies as say Ayurveda, and how crucial is this to the practice of herbalism?


So what are the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches?


(I realize this is quite a similar post to http://integralherbalism.co.uk/forum/types/typologies-in-herbal-medicine-what-ar…..ady-doing/, but I wanted to put a different slant on it)

29 October 2012
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I’ll have to go over Michael’s work in more detail, however, I think this is a great contribution to the field. I think as we get a better understanding of typologies role in Integral Herbalism we’ll get a clearer idea of what is necessary. How do various systems fit in? Does an actual Integral Herbalism typology need to be developed or can we stick with using the ones already tried and tested and understood within the broader context of AQAL?


I do think its important to understand how the various constitutional models understand physiology, both from the material/structural western perspective and the energetic/functional systems of the East (Chinese medicine and the chi and meridians, etc…)


I do think the subtle energy is a vital part of an integral herbal practice- especially as it provides the link between the physical and the psychological, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of a truly integral approach.


I’ve attached Wilber’s ideas on subtle energy. This is a discussion thread that will cross-over all of AQAL so may require its own thread?

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