Memory in Chinese Medicine

Memory

THE SHEN (神) OF THE HEART The Shen of the Heart plays a prominent role in memory partly by itself and partly because it coordinates the Yi of the Spleen and the Zhi of the Kidneys which also play a role in memory. The Shen of the Heart plays a role in memory in the … Read More

Chinese Medicine Treatment Principles for Geriatrics

Geriatrics

The thinking about geriatrics in Chinese medicine has been dominated by Kidney deficiency for centuries. As Kidney-Jing declines as we age, the clinical approach to the treatment of the elderly has been based largely on tonifying the Kidneys. However, modern diseases of the elderly that account for 90% of mortality (cancer, heart disease and stroke) … Read More

Fear and Anxiety – The Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective

Anxiety

“Anxiety” is a modern term that does not have an exact equivalent in Chinese medicine. There is no Chinese medicine term that corresponds exactly to what we call “anxiety” but several ancient Chinese disease entities closely resemble anxiety. The four main disease entities that correspond to Anxiety are: “Fear and Palpitations” (Jing Ji) 惊 悸 … Read More

The Treatment of Influenza with Chinese Medicine

Influenza

WESTERN MEDICINE VIEW INFLUENZA Influenza spreads every winter and accounts for a substantial mortality every year. Influenza viruses are characterized by a high variability and high infection rate. The so-called “Spanish Flu” of 1918 killed an estimated 40-50 million people world-wide, more than did the First World War.1 Two other pandemics occurred in 1957 with … Read More

Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine

Tongue Diagnosis

An essential tool in Chinese medicine, the Tongue nearly always shows the true condition of the patient. It is particularly useful in complex, chronic conditions manifesting with contradicting symptoms and signs. Its strength relies in the fact that it is nearly always reliable and objective. Compared to pulse diagnosis, it is also much easier to … Read More

Q & A with Giovanni Maciocia on Several TCM Topics

Backaches, Calf Muscle Ache, Fatigue, Headaches, Multiple Sclerosis, Trigeminal Neuralgia

Giovanni Maciocia “Question and Answers” for the following topics: Trigeminal Neuralgia Headaches from Raeder’s Syndrome Differentiation of Backache Post-viral Fatigue Syndrome Loss of Sense of Taste and Smell Multiple Sclerosis Calf Muscle Ache Trigeminal Neuralgia Q: I have been unable to find any information about trigeminal neuralgia, i.e. how to differentiate and treat it. Do … Read More

Giovanni Maciocia on Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Terminology

Terminology

1) Note on Terminology from Giovanni’s book: Please download PDF on Terminology. 2) Extract of letter sent to ‘Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’: The following is an abridged version of a letter sent to the editor of “Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine” in response to an article by N Wiseman published in the same journal. … Read More

Chinese Medicine Treatment Principles in Exterior Invasions

Qi

I recently received an email from a colleague asking for help with a patient suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. The colleague was asking about the treatment principle to apply. The patient obviously suffered from a deficiency of Zheng Qi, as all patients with chronic fatigue syndrome do. But she also had frequent acute invasions of … Read More

Chinese Medicine Dysmenorrhoea Case History

Dysmenorrhoea

The following is a case history sent by Jason Smith in Madrid. Symptoms A woman aged 43 seeks treatment for painful periods. The periods last three days and are extremely painful.She feels cold in general, but the cold is more intense at period time. The period is regular (30 days), lasts 3 days, with little … Read More