Chinese Medicine and The Triple Burner (3)

Triple Burner

In a previous Clinical Tip, we discussed the role of the Triple Burner as the avenues of fluids, a view deriving primarily from the Nei Jing. Also, in the previous Clinical Tip, we discussed that of the Triple Burner as the agent of the Yuan Qi, a view deriving primarily from the Nan Jing. We … Read More

Chinese Medicine: The Famous Chapter 8 of the Ling Shu

Shen

Chapter 8 of the Ling Shu (entitled Ben Shen 本 神) is quoted very frequently, especially its famous opening sentence. I would like to comment briefly on that sentence and propose a different translation of it.The opening sentence of chapter 8 of the Ling Shu is: Fan ci zhi fa, xian bi ben yu shen … Read More

The Triple Burner (2) by Giovanni Maciocia

Triple Burner

In the previous Clinical Tip, we discussed the nature and functions of the Triple Burner as the activator of the Yuan Qi based primarily on the Nan Jing. In this Clinical Tip, I will discuss the second nature of the Triple Burner, i.e. as a system of waterways which is primarily from the Nei Jing. … Read More

Chinese Medicine: The Triple Burner

Triple Burner

The Triple Burner is probably the most widely discussed topic on Chinese medicine and, over the centuries, there have been many different theories on its nature. In this Clinical Tip, I will try to elucidate the main ideas on the nature of the Triple Burner and it will probably take more than one Clinical Tip. … Read More

Sexual Life in Chinese Medicine

Sex

Chinese medicine has always stressed the importance of excessive sexual activity: in this article, I would like to bring to your attention two factors: – The distinction between men and women in sexual activity – Insufficient sexual activity as a cause of disease When discussing sexual activity, Chinese books never distinguish between men and women. … Read More

Chinese Medicine on Joy: An Emotional Cause of Disease?

Shen

It always seems strange that joy should be listed among the emotional causes of disease in Chinese medicine. And yet, it has always been mentioned as an emotional cause of disease since ancient times. Strangely, the Chinese character for “joy” [xi 喜] is the only one of the emotions that is not based on the … Read More

Chinese Medicine on Shame

Emotion

Since the previous Clinical Tip was about guilt as an emotional cause of disease, it makes sense to discuss now shame as an emotional cause of disease. I think that shame is as common as guilt in Western patients while it could be argued that Eastern societies are more prone to shame than guilt. Shame … Read More

Chinese Medicine on Guilt

Emotion

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God1 Romans 3.23 In the previous Clinical Tip I discussed sadness and grief deriving from loss as a pervasive emotion in Western patients. In this Clinical Tip, I discuss another common emotional cause of disease in Western patients, i.e. guilt. Guilt is a pervasive … Read More

On Stagnation of Lung and Heart-Qi in Chinese Medicine

Giovanni Maciocia, Qi

Liver-Qi stagnation is one of the most “popular” diagnoses among Western practitioners. Liver-Qi stagnation is certainly very common but, in my opinion, it is over-diagnosed and over-emphasized. Besides that, it is hardly ever mentioned that practically every organ – not just the Liver – may be subject to Qi stagnation. For example, the following organs … Read More