What Type is Your Child?


The Five Phase Types illuminate each person’s intrinsic identity along with his or her predispositions, weaknesses and strengths, characteristic states of mind and body, as well as patterns of health and illness. Being aware of your young child’s Phase Type is helpful when seeking treatments with Acupuncture. If you are unsure ask your Acupuncturist, Mr. Herns.


Wood Type:

  • Irritable, impulsive, volatile
  • Explosive temper tantrums
  • Must recover independently or be diverted
  • Easily frustrated
  • Muscle tension/spasms, accident prone, hurries
  • Intense reaction to pain
  • Intestinal cramps, headache, earache, toothache
  • Restless, difficult to console or calm down

Fire Type:

  • Excitable, nervous, anxious, easily startled
  • Fears being left alone
  • Mood swings
  • When upset needs close physical contact & emotional comforting
  • Easily exhausted from over-stimulation & over-excitement
  • Sleep disturbances due to fears, excitement, emotional upset, pain
  • Seats easily, especially on head, chest, hands, feet
  • Easily overheated, easily chilled

Earth Type:

  • Worries
  • When upset, needs social contact & reassurance
  • Sluggish
  • Indigestion, constipation, diarrhea
  • Under eating or over eating
  • Muscle tenderness, muscle weakness
  • Over- or underweight
  • Puffy and/or pudgy

Metal Type:

  • Stiff posture
  • Emotionally sensitive & inflexible
  • When upset, needs to be quiet & engaged in familiar routines
  • Easily upset by changes in routine
  • Noticeable stranger anxiety
  • Dry, fragile hair & skin
  • Tight chest
  • Sensitive to changes in temperature & humidity
  • Poor circulation, chills easily

Water Type:

  • Prone to isolation, prefers solitude
  • Suspicious, tentative
  • When upset, needs to be left undisturbed, but not isolated
  • Dreamy, forgetful, may be inattentive or unfocused
  • Difficult to stimulate or excite
  • Emotionally unexpressive, difficult to read
  • Appears physically uncoordinated or slow
  • Shy, withdrawn
  • Difficulty making friends
  • Apathetic, grouchy, bored
  • Sensitive to cold & damp
  • Upset by small discomforts & surprises

Now, if you’re confused as to which category your child falls within, you’re not alone. Mr. Herns will provide a full examination of your child to determine any deficiencies in his or her Qi (energy flow) and provide a treatment plan to better balance their disposition and health.