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Home > Newsletters > January 2007 > Rebuild Your Health by Discovering
Your Unique Metabolic Type

Rebuild Your Health by Discovering
Your Unique Metabolic Type

By Dr. Bruce Eichelberger, OMD

You can achieve increased energy, improved endurance and sharper mental focus… naturally.  

It may seem obvious, but how you feel is largely determined by what you eat. And your response to various foods is the result of complex interactions between your body’s many internal self-balancing processes. These self-balancing processes, called homeostatic mechanisms, are what keep your heart beating, your lungs breathing and your digestion working efficiently. At a deeper level they determine your waking and sleeping cycles, how efficiently you “burn” the foods you eat for fuel and your overall energy level.

Balance is so important for survival that your body is constantly working to maintain it in numerous ways. In fact, if you counted just the possible combinations in the nine most important factors for balancing metabolism, you’d have an astounding 5,760 basic metabolic types! This means that you are unique all the way down to your cells. This concept, called biochemical individuality, was first described by Dr. Roger Williams in the 1930’s. Biochemical individuality is why the same supplements, herbs or eating plan that worked wonders for your best friend may do nothing for you, or even make you feel worse.

It’s sort of funny when you think about it—nobody has the same fingerprints or looks exactly the same on the outside, yet often times we operate under the assumption that our internal workings must somehow all be exactly alike, that our biochemistry is all the same. In fact, as the example above indicates we are each very different on the inside as well.

The Key is Balance

One of the things that originally drew me to Oriental Medicine over 30 years ago is its ability to identify a person’s unique state of balance or imbalance. Once imbalances are identified, powerful natural techniques such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and medical qigong are used to correct them by activating the body’s own healing powers. I am always impressed by the fact that correcting these underlying imbalances can create dramatic and long-lasting improvement in a person’s health and well-being.

Interestingly, in the last century Western researchers have developed a related system of balancing the body called Metabolic Typing. Metabolic Typing is based on understanding a person’s fundamental homeostatic mechanisms. Because of its emphasis on balance, this approach to health has many similarities with Oriental Medicine. It identifies up to nine basic internal balancing influences and includes fine-tuning procedures to discover which foods and supplements are uniquely suited for you to achieve optimal health.

This is when it gets really exciting, because once you have a clear idea of what your body truly needs to operate at peak efficiency, a huge variety of symptoms tend to simply go away. In a sense, you might think of those symptoms—fatigue, allergies, tension, fuzzy thinking, mood swings, aches and pains, etc.—as messages your body is sending to let you know something is out of balance. Once you achieve that balance, those ‘body messages’ stop and you feel better—sometimes dramatically better. Even serious chronic illnesses respond well to this approach, not because we’re focusing on the illness, but because a body in balance is simply free of the need for those symptoms.

Balance is critical to health and, in one sense, food is the original medicine. Through Metabolic Typing you can discover which foods and supplements will help bring you back to balance. This is a powerful tool for you to achieve and maintain optimal health.


Dr. Bruce Eichelberger, OMD has practiced the Oriental Healing Arts for over thirty years. He helps people who are experiencing pain, stress and other chronic health problems to relieve their symptoms and return to a vital, healthy state of balance. He is also a certified Healthexcel Metabolic Typing Advisor. You can reach him at the Reno Alternative Health Care Center at (775) 827-6901.

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