“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

The Treatment of Cancer with Chinese Medicine

Cancer

I am presenting here the Chinese medicine view of cancer with patterns, treatment principle, herbs and herbal formulae. Very many of our patient have or have had cancer (or will have cancer) and, for this reason, I think it is extremely important to understand cancer from the point of view of Chinese medicine, even if … Read More

The Sides of the Tongue in Chinese Medicine

Tongue Diagnosis

As the previous blog on the chest/breast area of the tongue has aroused some questions about the sides of the tongue, I would like to clarify some diagnostic aspects of the sides of the tongue. Of course the sides of the tongue reflect the state of the Liver but there are circumstances when they reflect … Read More

Chest/Breast Area of Tongue in Chinese Medicine

Tongue Diagnosis

The “chest/breast” area is on the sides of the tongue, between the centre part and the tip. The chest area reflects a pathology of three organs: heart or lungs in men and women or breast in women. The chest area reflects pathologies of the lungs, heart or breast but in a Western medical sense. A … Read More

Chinese Medicine: Spleen-Yin Deficiency

Spleen, Tongue Diagnosis

When we study the pathology of the Internal Organs, for the Spleen, we generally emphasize Spleen-Qi and Spleen-Yang deficiency. This is understandable as these two patterns are indeed extremely common. By contrast, when it comes to the Stomach, we do mention Stomach-Yin deficiency. In fact, some people say that this is a well-known contradiction: the … Read More