Magnesium Stearate in Drugs and Herbal Remedies

Giovanni Maciocia

Magnesium stearate is a widely used excipient in drugs and herbal remedies. It has been used for many years without any safety concern. However, I have been investigating how magnesium stearate is made and I have come to the conclusion that it is better to avoid it. As a result, the Three Treasures and Women’s … Read More

The Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases with Chinese Medicine – Part 1


AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES: A CHINESE MEDICINE VIEW Autoimmune diseases comprise a large number of diseases (more than 200) which are very different from one another. The most common ones that we will see in the clinic are: Multiple sclerosis Systemic lupus erithematosus (SLE) Rheumatoid arthritis Sjogren’s Syndrome Hashimoto Thyroiditis Graves’ Disease Crohn’s Disease Chinese medicine does … Read More

The Treatment of Menopausal Problems and Chinese Medicine


THE MENOPAUSE IN WESTERN MEDICINE “Menopause” indicates the complete and permanent cessation of menstruation: an interval of 6-12 months is usually necessary to establish the diagnosis. “Climacteric” indicates the phase in a woman’s life during which she makes the transition from a reproductive to a non-reproductive stage: this transition is a period of declining ovarian … Read More

Yin Fire in Chinese Medicine


The concept of Yin Fire was introduced by Li Dong Yuan in his book “Discussion on Stomach and Spleen” (Pi Wei Lun), 1249. The following is a translation of the chapter from this book dealing with Yin Fire. “Dietary irregularity and excessive consumption of cold or warm foods damage the Spleen and Stomach. Joy, anger, … Read More

Latent Heat in Chinese Medicine


Latent Heat or “Latent Pathogenic Factor” is a pathology that is quite unique and rather difficult to comprehend. Essentially, Latent Heat is formed when an exterior pathogenic factor invades the body without causing symptoms at the acute stage: the pathogenic factor goes into the Interior, it changes into Heat and it then emerges later in … Read More

Phlegm-Heat in Chinese Medicine


As discussed for Damp-Heat, in Phlegm-Heat, the primary aspect is the Phlegm rather than the Heat. It is Phlegm that is hot rather than the Heat having Phlegm. In a similar way as we said for Damp-Heat, a better name would be “Hot Phlegm” rather than “Phlegm-Heat”. This has important implications in treatment as this … Read More

Damp-Heat in Chinese Medicine

Damp Heat

Before starting our discussion I would like to clarify something regarding the nature of Damp-Heat. In Damp-Heat, Dampness is the predominant pathogenic factor: it is the Dampness that is hot, not the Heat that is damp. In fact, it would be better to call it “Hot Dampness” rather than “Damp-Heat”; however, I will continue calling … Read More

Chinese Medicine: Difference Between Heat and Fire


Most Chinese books use the words “Heat” and “Fire” interchangeably but in fact these two are not the same. I think we should be precise in our diagnosis differentiating between Heat and Fire because the pathology and treatment are different. I should clarify first the meaning of the term “Heat”. The term “Heat” has two … Read More

Empty Heat in Chinese Medicine by Giovanni Maciocia


This post continues the discussion of Heat. EMPTY HEAT “Empty Heat” derives from Yin deficiency. There are two aspects I would like to clarify straight away. The term “Empty” Heat may give the impression that Empty Heat is not “real” Heat. Although deriving from Yin deficiency, Empty Heat is “real” Heat and it heats up … Read More

Chinese Medicine: Heat from Qi Stagnation

Heat, Qi

When Qi stagnates it frequently gives rise to Heat. This is why emotional stress which leads to Qi stagnation usually leads to Heat and that is why the tip of the tongue (reflecting the Heart and the Shen) becomes red. Heat from Qi stagnation has the same characteristics and clinical manifestations as those of Full … Read More