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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 6 (2009), S1, Pages 87-92
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nep087
Original Article

Analysis of Skin Humidity Variation Between Sasang Types

1Dong Jin Oriental Medical Clinic, Republic of Korea
2Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics Research Center, College of Medicine, Inje University, Republic of Korea
3Division of Longevity and Biofunctional Medicine, School of Oriental Medicine, Pusan National University Mulgeum-eup, Yangsan, Kyungnamdo 626-770, Republic of Korea
4Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Health Sciences, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea
5Department of SCM, School of Oriental Medicine, Pusan National University, Republic of Korea
6Division of Constitutional Medicine Research, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Republic of Korea

Received 16 March 2009; Accepted 18 June 2009

Copyright © 2009 Soon-Oh Jung et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between variations in skin humidity (SH) induced by perspiration across Sasang types and to identify novel and effective Sasang classification factors. We also analyzed the responses of each Sasang type to sweating-related QSCC II items. The results revealed a significant difference in SH across gender and significant differences in SH before and after perspiration between Tae-Eum and So-Eum men. In addition, Tae-Eum women showed significant differences in SH compared with women classified as another Sasang type. Furthermore, evaluation of the items related to sweating in the QSCC II and their relationship to each constitution revealed a significant difference between Tae-Eum and other Sasang types. Overall, the results of this study indicate that there is a distinct SH difference following perspiration between Tae-Eum and other Sasang types. Such findings may aid in Sasang typology diagnostic testing with the support of further sophisticated clinical studies.