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

Acupuncture Clinical Tip – Red Tip of the Tongue

Tongue Diagnosis

A red tip of the tongue is very common. The tip of the tongue corresponds to the Heart and the Shen and a redness of the tip always indicates emotional stress affecting the Heart: The redder the tip, the more intense the stress. Why is the tip affected? The Heart is affected by all emotions … Read More

Giovanni Maciocia’s Favourite Acupuncture Points

Calm the Mind

Du-24 Shenting (Spirit Courtyard) Du-24 is a very important and powerful point to calm the Mind. It is frequently combined with G.B.-13 Benshen for severe anxiety and fears.An important feature of this point which makes it particularly useful is that it can both calm and lift the Mind: therefore it is used not only for … Read More

The View of Tobacco in Chinese Medicine

Jing

– Tobacco was introduced in China in 1575. – The Zhen Nan Ben Cao (Ming) concludes that tobacco is pungent in taste, hot and toxic without any medicinal effect. – The Ben Cao Cong Xin says “People nowadays inhale smoke down to the throat: this damages Blood and the voice.” – Emperor Chong Zhen (Ming) … Read More

Chinese Medicine Clinical Tip of the Day

Geriatrics

When treating the elderly, we should not over-emphasize Kidney deficiency. Yes, most elderly people (though not all) will suffer from some form of Kidney deficiency but the most serious diseases of the elderly are caused by Phlegm, Blood stasis and internal Wind. These three pathogenic factors play a role in the pathology of stroke, coronary … Read More