Chinese Medicine: The Tongue in the Elderly

Tongue Diagnosis

Tongue diagnosis plays a very important role in the prevention of disease especially in the elderly. Middle-aged and elderly patients often show abnormal signs on the tongue in the absence of any obvious disease. Elderly people often suffer from Internal Wind, Blood stasis, Phlegm, Heat or Yin deficiency or a combination of these. For example, … Read More

Chinese Medicine: Sticky and Slippery Tongue Coating

Tongue Diagnosis

There are two types of greasy coating: one is called ni 膩 which I call “sticky”; the other is hua 滑 which I call “slippery”. The sticky coating is more common than the slippery coating. Both types of coating share a common quality of being greasy. The main difference is that with the sticky coating … Read More

Acupuncture: Sp-4 Gongsun

Acupuncture Points

The meaning of the name of the point SP-4 (Gong Sun) is the subject of much discussion. I have never been convinced by the translation of Gong Sun as “Grandfather-grandson” (or rather grandchild). Besides being the Luo point of the Spleen, SP-4 is also the master point of the Chong Mai.Although the translation of Gong … Read More

Triple Burner and Yuan Qi: Bl-22 and Ren-5 in Chinese Medicine

Triple Burner

The location of the points BL-22 Sanjiaoshu above BL-23 Shenshu and of Ren-5 Shimen above Ren-4 Guanyuan is interesting and it presents interesting parallels. This location can be understood only by reference to Chapter 66 of the Classic of Difficulties (Nan Jing). Chapter 66 of this text states: “The Original Qi is the Motive Force … Read More

Spleen-Yin Deficiency in Chinese Medicine

Spleen

It is often said that the Spleen can suffer only from Yang deficiency: it is true that this is a very common pathology of the Spleen but not the only one. Indeed, the Spleen can suffer from Yin deficiency. A deficiency of Spleen-Yin does not usually occur on its own but it is associated with … Read More

My Favourite Acupuncture Point: G.b.-13 Benshen Spirit Root

Acupuncture Points, Calm the Mind

a) NaturePoint of the Yang Linking Vessel (Yang Wei Mai). Meeting point of the 3 Yang Muscle channels of the arm.b) Actions- Calms the Mind (Shen) and settles the Ethereal Soul (Hin)- Subdues Liver-Yang- Extinguishes Wind- Resolves Phlegm- Gathers Essence (Jing) to the head- Clears the brain.c) IndicationsManic behaviour, frightHeadache, dizzinessEpilepsy, hemiplegia, convulsionsVomiting of foamy … Read More

Chinese Medicine: Stomach Crack on the Tongue

Tongue Diagnosis

The Stomach crack on the tongue is rather wide and it is in the central section of the tongue (corresponding to Middle Burner). To contrast and compare the Heart and Stomach cracks, the former is rather narrow and runs all along the tongue from near the root to near the tip, while the latter is … Read More