Chinese Medicine: Stomach-Yin Deficiency

Tongue Diagnosis

STOMACH-YIN DEFICIENCY Aetiology The Stomach is a Yang organ but it frequently suffers from Yin deficiency. Indeed, I would say that Stomach-Yin deficiency is very common in the patients we see. The cause of Stomach-Yin deficiency is irregular eating habits. That includes eating late at night, eating in a hurry, eating while working, eating standing … Read More

The Treatment of Male Problems in Chinese Medicine

Male Reproductive Health

While Chinese medicine has a rich tradition in the diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological problems, fewer ancient or modern texts are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of men’s problems. For example, Chinese medicine refers to the “Uterus” in all its classic texts, but no mention is ever made of the prostate. The Du Mai, … Read More

An Important Article by Chris Dhaenens on Aristolochia

Giovanni Maciocia

ARISTOLOCHIA: THE MALIGNANT LIE AND THE BENIGN TRUTH Chris Dhaenens Journal of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (UK), Spring 2013, Vol. 10, no. 1. This article was commissioned in response to a recent piece in the Lancet (Daniel Kell, Justin Stebbing. ‘Aristolochia: the malignant truth’) published under ‘Quackery’ rubric, in 14 January 2013 … Read More

TCM: The Heart Channel Functions Part – 2

Channels, Heart Channel

Backache I often use points of the Heart channel for lower backache, particularly in men. The reason is the same as that given for the use of these points for men’s sexual problems: the Heart is like an “Upper Kidney” and it therefore naturally influences the lower back. I find that the point HE-7 Shenmen … Read More

The Exterior, Interior and Pivot of Channels in Chinese Medicine


Chapter 6 of the Su Wen introduces the concept of channels “opening onto the exterior” (or being the “opening”), closing onto the interior (or “being the door leaf”) and being the pivot (or hinge). In this chapter the order for the Yang channels is as follows: Tai Yang opens Yang Ming closes Shao Yang is … Read More

The Heart Channel in Chinese Medicine: More Than The Shen

Heart Channel

The Heart houses the Shen and its most important clinical use is for mental emotional problems. This article will explore the clinical use of the Heart channel for uses other than for mental-emotional problems. The uses of the Heart channel for problems other than Shen problems discussed are listed below: Itching Sexual function in men … Read More

Autoimmune Diseases in Chinese Medicine – Part 2


Obviously there is no theory of “autoimmune” diseases in Chinese medicine. However, by analyzing the nature of autoimmunity and of the Chinese correspondent of the immune system (which I shall call “defence system”) , we can formulate certain theories. In my opinion, autoimmunity implies seven aspects from a Chinese perspective which set it apart from … Read More

Magnesium Stearate in Drugs and Herbal Remedies

Giovanni Maciocia

Magnesium stearate is a widely used excipient in drugs and herbal remedies. It has been used for many years without any safety concern. However, I have been investigating how magnesium stearate is made and I have come to the conclusion that it is better to avoid it. As a result, the Three Treasures and Women’s … Read More

The Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases with Chinese Medicine – Part 1


AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES: A CHINESE MEDICINE VIEW Autoimmune diseases comprise a large number of diseases (more than 200) which are very different from one another. The most common ones that we will see in the clinic are: Multiple sclerosis Systemic lupus erithematosus (SLE) Rheumatoid arthritis Sjogren’s Syndrome Hashimoto Thyroiditis Graves’ Disease Crohn’s Disease Chinese medicine does … Read More

The Treatment of Menopausal Problems and Chinese Medicine


THE MENOPAUSE IN WESTERN MEDICINE “Menopause” indicates the complete and permanent cessation of menstruation: an interval of 6-12 months is usually necessary to establish the diagnosis. “Climacteric” indicates the phase in a woman’s life during which she makes the transition from a reproductive to a non-reproductive stage: this transition is a period of declining ovarian … Read More