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

Acupuncture: More on P-6 Neiguan

Acupuncture Points

I would like to expand on what I said about P-6 Neiguan last month. P-6 Neiguan is a complex point, rich in clinical applications. Descend Stomach-Qi P-6 is closely connected to the Stomach channel and, for this reason, it is a major point to make Stomach-Qi descend. For this reason, it treats vomiting, nausea, belching … Read More

Acupuncture Points: On P-6 Neiguan

Acupuncture Points

P-6 Neiguan is one of the most important and most widely used acupuncture points. First of all, let us analyse the name “Nei Guan”. “Nei” means “inner” and there is no disagreement about this. However, the second half of the name “Guan” can have different interpretations. In ordinary, every-day language, “guan” means to “shut”, “close”, … Read More

Geriatrics in Chinese Medicine

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) are … Read More

Giovanni Maciocia on Ear Infections and Antibiotics

Ear

A recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association carried an interesting article on the use of antibiotics for acute otitis media (AOM) or middle-ear infection. The reference is:Tumaini R. Coker et al “Diagnosis, Microbial Epidemiology, and Antibiotic Treatment of Acute Otitis Media in Children” – A Systematic Review, in Journal of the … Read More

Acupuncture: Bl-22 Sanjiaoshu

Acupuncture Points

Since the previous Clinical Tips were about the Swollen tongue and Phlegm, the use of acupuncture to resolve Dampness and Phlegm and the use of ST-40 to resolve Phlegm, I would like to stay with the subject of fluids pathology and discuss the use of the point BL-22 Sanjiaoshu. I have mentioned this point in … Read More

Acupuncture: St-40 Fenglong

Acupuncture Points

The last Clinical Tip discussed the treatment of Dampness and Phlegm and it started with a reference to ST-40 Fenglong. It seems therefore appropriate now to discuss the clinical use of the point ST-40 Fenglong. As I said in the previous Clinical Tip, whenever I mention ST-40 in the course of my lectures, everybody associates … Read More

Resolving Dampness and Phlegm with Acupuncture

Triple Burner

When I give lectures I often hear that “ST-40 resolves Phlegm”: I wish! Resolving Phlegm involves much more than simply using ST-40. In order to resolve Dampness or Phlegm, it is necessary to activate the Three Burners. The Triple Burner is described in the Nei Jing as the official in charge of irrigation: this means … Read More

Swollen Tongue in Chinese Medicine

Tongue Diagnosis

I frequently hear that a Swollen tongue indicates Qi deficiency. It is not so! In my experience, a Swollen tongue indicates Phlegm. But let us start by describing it first. A tongue is “Swollen” when the whole body is larger than normal. Crucially, a Swollen tongue is also somewhat rounder than a normal tongue. In … Read More

Chemotherapy and Chemo-Support Chinese Herbs

Cancer

It is now 16 years since the Three Treasures remedy Chemo-Support was introduced. This remedy aims at lessening the side-effects of chemotherapy by tonifying Qi and Yin, clearing Heat, resolving Dampness and allaying nausea and vomiting. It has been used by hundreds (if not thousands) of patients world-wide. The Three Treasures website explains the use … Read More