The Origin of Blood Deficiency in Chinese Medicine

Blood Deficiency

This article discusses the origin of Blood and its relationship with qi and jing, it works out the signs and symptoms of Blood deficiency and outlines the three main syndromes, Liver Blood, Heart Blood and Spleen Blood deficiency. The main part of the article focuses on Liver Blood in gynaecology and its relationship with Liver … Read More

Chinese Medicine Treatment Principles in Exterior Invasions

Qi

I recently received an email from a colleague asking for help with a patient suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. The colleague was asking about the treatment principle to apply. The patient obviously suffered from a deficiency of Zheng Qi, as all patients with chronic fatigue syndrome do. But she also had frequent acute invasions of … Read More

Rebellious Qi of the Chong Mai in Acupuncture

Qi

Rebellious Qi of the Chong Mai is a relatively common pathology; it is more common in women than men. In women, I have seen at all ages, from teenagers to women over 65. The first mention of Rebellious Qi of the Chong Mai is in chapter 29 of the Nan Jing: “The pathology of the … Read More

Chinese Medicine Dysmenorrhoea Case History

Dysmenorrhoea

The following is a case history sent by Jason Smith in Madrid. Symptoms A woman aged 43 seeks treatment for painful periods. The periods last three days and are extremely painful.She feels cold in general, but the cold is more intense at period time. The period is regular (30 days), lasts 3 days, with little … Read More

“Men”: A Common Mental-Emotional Symptom in Chinese Medicine

Emotion

“Men” is a common symptom in Chinese medicine. The Chinese character shows a door and a heart inside it. Thus, it would seem to indicate a heart constricted by a door closing on it. I translate this symptom as “a feeling of oppression of the chest”. Men is very difficult to translate and my translation … Read More

Sexuality in Chinese Medicine Part 4: Sexuality and Emotional Problems

Sex

This is the fourth and last part of Sexuality in Chinese Medicine. Chinese medicine has always stressed the importance of excessive sexual activity as a cause of disease but not insufficient sexual activity. This has not always been so as, during past dynasties, all sex manuals explicitly say that sexual activity is essential for the … Read More

Sexuality in Chinese Medicine – Part 3

Sex

SEXUALITY AND THE EXTRAORDINARY VESSELS Human sexuality is closely linked to the physiology and pathology of the extraordinary vessels, especially the Du, Ren and Chong Mai. The Du and Ren Mai are the expression of Fire and Water respectively with regard to sexuality: the exchange of sexual essences and of Yin and Yang during sexual … Read More

Sexuality in Chinese Medicine – Part 2

Sex

DAOIST SEXUAL PRACTICES The essence of Daoist sexuality is the idea that the sexual act is an exchange of Yin and Yang essences, from the woman and man respectively, which is beneficial to each partner: it represents the harmonious interaction and mutual nourishment of Yin and Yang.Central to Daoist sexuality is the idea that man … Read More

Sexuality in Chinese Medicine – Part 1

Sex

This article is a discussion of sexuality in Chinese medicine. The first part will deal with the social conditions of women in ancient China. This is drawn primarily from an important book by R. H. Van Gulik, Sexual Life in Ancient China, Barnes and Noble, New York, 1961. The second part will discuss Daoist sexuality … Read More

The Treatment of Cancer with Chinese Medicine – Part 2

Cancer

This is the second part of the discussion of cancer in Chinese medicine. I am listing below the herbs that are most commonly used in cancer classified according to pattern. CANCER HERBS CLASSIFIED ACCORDING TO PATTERN STASIS OF BLOOD Ru Xiang Gummi Olibanum, Mo Yao Myrrha, San Leng Rhizoma Sparganii stoloniferi, E Zhu Rhizoma Curcumae … Read More