Chinese Medicine: The Triple Burner

Triple Burner

The Triple Burner is probably the most widely discussed topic on Chinese medicine and, over the centuries, there have been many different theories on its nature. In this Clinical Tip, I will try to elucidate the main ideas on the nature of the Triple Burner and it will probably take more than one Clinical Tip. … Read More

Sexual Life in Chinese Medicine


Chinese medicine has always stressed the importance of excessive sexual activity: in this article, I would like to bring to your attention two factors: – The distinction between men and women in sexual activity – Insufficient sexual activity as a cause of disease When discussing sexual activity, Chinese books never distinguish between men and women. … Read More

Chinese Medicine on Joy: An Emotional Cause of Disease?


It always seems strange that joy should be listed among the emotional causes of disease in Chinese medicine. And yet, it has always been mentioned as an emotional cause of disease since ancient times. Strangely, the Chinese character for “joy” [xi 喜] is the only one of the emotions that is not based on the … Read More

Chinese Medicine on Shame


Since the previous Clinical Tip was about guilt as an emotional cause of disease, it makes sense to discuss now shame as an emotional cause of disease. I think that shame is as common as guilt in Western patients while it could be argued that Eastern societies are more prone to shame than guilt. Shame … Read More

Chinese Medicine on Guilt


For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God1 Romans 3.23 In the previous Clinical Tip I discussed sadness and grief deriving from loss as a pervasive emotion in Western patients. In this Clinical Tip, I discuss another common emotional cause of disease in Western patients, i.e. guilt. Guilt is a pervasive … Read More

Acupuncture: More on P-6 Neiguan

Acupuncture Points

I would like to expand on what I said about P-6 Neiguan last month. P-6 Neiguan is a complex point, rich in clinical applications. Descend Stomach-Qi P-6 is closely connected to the Stomach channel and, for this reason, it is a major point to make Stomach-Qi descend. For this reason, it treats vomiting, nausea, belching … Read More

Acupuncture Points: On P-6 Neiguan

Acupuncture Points

P-6 Neiguan is one of the most important and most widely used acupuncture points. First of all, let us analyse the name “Nei Guan”. “Nei” means “inner” and there is no disagreement about this. However, the second half of the name “Guan” can have different interpretations. In ordinary, every-day language, “guan” means to “shut”, “close”, … Read More

Giovanni Maciocia on Ear Infections and Antibiotics


A recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association carried an interesting article on the use of antibiotics for acute otitis media (AOM) or middle-ear infection. The reference is:Tumaini R. Coker et al “Diagnosis, Microbial Epidemiology, and Antibiotic Treatment of Acute Otitis Media in Children” – A Systematic Review, in Journal of the … Read More

Acupuncture: Bl-22 Sanjiaoshu

Acupuncture Points

Since the previous Clinical Tips were about the Swollen tongue and Phlegm, the use of acupuncture to resolve Dampness and Phlegm and the use of ST-40 to resolve Phlegm, I would like to stay with the subject of fluids pathology and discuss the use of the point BL-22 Sanjiaoshu. I have mentioned this point in … Read More

Acupuncture: St-40 Fenglong

Acupuncture Points

The last Clinical Tip discussed the treatment of Dampness and Phlegm and it started with a reference to ST-40 Fenglong. It seems therefore appropriate now to discuss the clinical use of the point ST-40 Fenglong. As I said in the previous Clinical Tip, whenever I mention ST-40 in the course of my lectures, everybody associates … Read More