Memory in Chinese Medicine

Memory

THE SHEN (神) OF THE HEART The Shen of the Heart plays a prominent role in memory partly by itself and partly because it coordinates the Yi of the Spleen and the Zhi of the Kidneys which also play a role in memory. The Shen of the Heart plays a role in memory in the … Read More

Fear and Anxiety – The Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective

Anxiety

“Anxiety” is a modern term that does not have an exact equivalent in Chinese medicine. There is no Chinese medicine term that corresponds exactly to what we call “anxiety” but several ancient Chinese disease entities closely resemble anxiety. The four main disease entities that correspond to Anxiety are: “Fear and Palpitations” (Jing Ji) 惊 悸 … Read More

The Treatment of Influenza with Chinese Medicine

Influenza

WESTERN MEDICINE VIEW INFLUENZA Influenza spreads every winter and accounts for a substantial mortality every year. Influenza viruses are characterized by a high variability and high infection rate. The so-called “Spanish Flu” of 1918 killed an estimated 40-50 million people world-wide, more than did the First World War.1 Two other pandemics occurred in 1957 with … Read More

Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine

Tongue Diagnosis

An essential tool in Chinese medicine, the Tongue nearly always shows the true condition of the patient. It is particularly useful in complex, chronic conditions manifesting with contradicting symptoms and signs. Its strength relies in the fact that it is nearly always reliable and objective. Compared to pulse diagnosis, it is also much easier to … Read More

Q & A with Giovanni Maciocia on Several TCM Topics

Backaches, Calf Muscle Ache, Fatigue, Headaches, Multiple Sclerosis, Trigeminal Neuralgia

Giovanni Maciocia “Question and Answers” for the following topics: Trigeminal Neuralgia Headaches from Raeder’s Syndrome Differentiation of Backache Post-viral Fatigue Syndrome Loss of Sense of Taste and Smell Multiple Sclerosis Calf Muscle Ache Trigeminal Neuralgia Q: I have been unable to find any information about trigeminal neuralgia, i.e. how to differentiate and treat it. Do … Read More

The Treatment of Menopausal Problems and Chinese Medicine

Menopause

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

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