A Brief Biography
Giovanni Maciocia is one of the most highly respected practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Europe. Originally from a medical family in Italy, he trained in England at the International College of Oriental medicine graduating in acupuncture in 1974 after a three-year course. He has been in practice since then.
1980, 1982 and 1987 he attended three postgraduate courses in
acupuncture in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional
Chinese Medicine of the duration of three months each, gaining
invaluable knowledge and clinical experience. He reads Chinese
and has therefore access to all the Chinese medicine textbooks,
old and modern, published in China.
Giovanni Maciocia is the author of "Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine", "The Foundations of Chinese Medicine", "The Practice of Chinese Medicine", "Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Chinese Medicine" "Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine" and "The Channels of Acupuncture" which have become textbooks for all major acupuncture colleges in the world. Giovanni has recently finished writing a new book on emotional and mental problems which will be published in 2009 under the title "The Psyche in Chinese Medicine – Treatment of Emotional and Mental Disharmonies with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs".
Giovanni also studied Western herbalism and graduated from the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in 1977: he has been practising herbal medicine since then.
In 1996, Giovanni Maciocia was appointed Visiting Professor of the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a foremost teaching institution in China.
Giovanni is the author of many articles published in professional
journals and his article on M.E. (post-viral fatigue syndrome)
has been published in a Chinese medical journal, an honour rarely
bestowed on foreign writers in China. Giovanni has extensive experience
in teaching having taught acupuncture and Chinese medicine since
1974 in several schools all over the world. He is well known for
his rigorous and meticulous style combining a thorough knowledge
of Chinese medicine with 28-years clinical experience. While firmly
rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, Giovanni's ideas are often
innovative as the theories of Chinese medicine need to be adapted
to Western conditions and new Western diseases. For example, Giovanni
ha formulated an innovative and original new theory on the aetiology
and pathology of asthma and allergic rhinitis. He also formulated
a theory on the aetiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment
of M.E. (Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome) entirely from scratch as
this, being a new disease, did not exist in the Chinese literature.
Giovanni has been practising Tai Ji Chuan, Ba Gua
and Xing Yi since 1975. He currently lives and works in Santa Barbara, California where he lectures.
From Dr Ted Kaptchuk's foreword to Giovanni's book Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Chinese Medicine:
Giovanni Maciocia is a respected guide in this transition period
of East Asian medicine to the western arena. His accomplishments
as a teacher and writer have made him a major force in this successful
movement from one world to another. "Foundations of Chinese
Medicine", "Practice of Chinese Medicine" and "Tongue
Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine" are all outstanding contributions
of scholarship and clinical acumen, and this present volume "Obstetrics
and Gynaecology in Chinese Medicine" significantly adds to
his accomplishments. Indeed, one begins to see the outlines of
a Maciocia transmission or tradition existing within our very
Giovanni's Chinese name is Ma Wan Li (shown at the top
of this page) which means "horse of ten-thousand miles".
|Nanjing University of
| Giovanni was recently honoured by his inclusion in
the brochure celebrating the 50th anniversary of the
foundation of the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine
(where Giovanni attended three courses). Giovanni is
described in this brochure as the "Father of Chinese
Medicine in Europe"