What is the humoral concept of disease?

1 Answer
Oct 22, 2017

It's a theory that tries to explain the cause of diseases.


It was introduced by hippocrates. He believed that every human body is filled with four types of bodily fluids or "Humours" . A healthy person has a specific concentration of each humour. Imbalance or "corruption" of one of them resulted in disease or disability.

This theory also says that each person has a unique balance of the humours. The humours where:

  1. Blood
  2. Yellow bile
  3. Phlegm
  4. Black bile

They also believed that the balance of these fluids was also concerned with the nature of the person.