Sasang Study

Principal Investigator:  Sarah Hourston, ND, MS

Sasang constitutional medicine (SCM) is a form of traditional Korean medicine. SCM practitioners evaluate a person’s body type, personality, and health symptoms to determine which of the four main SCM constitutions they belong to: Tae Yang, Tae Eum, So Yang, or So Eum. A person’s constitutional type will influence their treatment and lifestyle recommendations. In order to conduct quality research on SCM, it is necessary to develop an objective method to diagnose patients with their constitutional type. The Sasang Constitution Diagnostic Tool (SCAT) has been developed by the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM) to use data from photos and voice recordings in people of Korean descent to match them to their Sasang type. This project aims to develop a similar program for people of European descent.

Participants between the ages of 18 and 30 who self-identify as white American of European descent will be eligible for this study. Data collection includes the following: SCM questionnaires, body measurements, facial photographs, and voice recordings. Data will be collected at the Helfgott Research Institute at the National University of Natural Medicine and analyzed at KIOM. Data will be used to build a model for a SCAT to diagnosis people of European descent.