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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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LeaPea2417 wrote on January 2, 2016, 1:23 PM

I do now remember now learning about those 4 things and their relationship to the four temperaments.

lexiconlover wrote on January 2, 2016, 1:24 PM

Well, good morning to you too. Hope you get some rest and feel better.

markgraham wrote on January 2, 2016, 1:32 PM

No one likes that word not even nurses. The sound of even saying it makes one want to gag. Not my favorite word of the English language.
I have been feeling like you also for the sore sinuses, stuffy nose and body aches.

deafdiva wrote on January 2, 2016, 1:45 PM

I don't like that word either and I hope you feel better soon!

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 2, 2016, 2:27 PM

Hope it passes soon and you feel better

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 2, 2016, 3:16 PM

The word Phlegm is almost an onomatopoeia as it sounds much like the noise one makes when trying to clear it from ones throat. That is all I will spew...I mean say...on the subject.

Rufuszen wrote on January 2, 2016, 4:18 PM

The four humours, not often you hear them mentioned today. I remember reading about them in connection with blood letting

CoralLevang wrote on January 2, 2016, 4:34 PM

*laughs * Yes, we are cut from the same cloth

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 2, 2016, 4:48 PM

emoticon :smile:

Paulie wrote on January 2, 2016, 11:01 PM

Thank you very much for the lesson on the four temperaments. It seems I never learned this or forget about it.

BarbRad wrote on January 5, 2016, 11:31 PM

I hate phlegm. I have post nasal drip and the phlegm from it keeps me coughing most nights. I feel for you. I hope you are taking the time to rest and drink lots of water so you can get well. Maybe by now you are well.