Rebellious Qi of the Chong Mai in Acupuncture


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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