Sexual Life in Chinese Medicine

Sex

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?

Shen

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

Emotion

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

Emotion

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

Ear

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

Chemotherapy and Chemo-Support Chinese Herbs

Cancer

It is now 28 years since the Three Treasures remedy Chemo-Support was introduced. This remedy aims at lessening the side-effects of chemotherapy by tonifying Qi and Yin, clearing Heat, resolving Dampness and allaying nausea and vomiting. It has been used by hundreds (if not thousands) of patients world-wide. The Three Treasures website explains the use … Read More

Chinese Medicine: The Tongue in the Elderly

Tongue Diagnosis

Tongue diagnosis plays a very important role in the prevention of disease especially in the elderly. Middle-aged and elderly patients often show abnormal signs on the tongue in the absence of any obvious disease. Elderly people often suffer from Internal Wind, Blood stasis, Phlegm, Heat or Yin deficiency or a combination of these. For example, … Read More