Tongue Gallery

Tongue Diagnosis

Example 1 Body colour: Reddish-Purple. Body shape: Swollen and cracked. Coating: peeled. A Reddish-Purple tongue body colour usually indicates Blood stasis deriving from or associated with Heat (whereas a Bluish-Purple colour generally indicates Blood stasis deriving from Cold). In this case, the tongue colour is consistent over the whole tongue so we cannot determine from … Read More

Questions and Answers

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

Chemotherapy and Anti-Oxidants

Anti-Oxidants, Cancer, Chemotherapy

In the past few years it has become common practice by oncologists to advise patients who are undergoing chemotherapy not to take anti-oxidant supplements. The reasoning behind this advice is that chemotherapy destroys cancer cells by inducing free radicals and by promoting oxidation of the cancer cells. Antioxidants, on the contrary, do the exact opposite, … Read More

On Terminology

Terminology

1) Note on Terminology from Giovanni’s book: Please download PDF on Terminology. 2) Extract of letter sent to ‘Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’: The following is an abridged version of a letter sent to the editor of “Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine” in response to an article by N Wiseman published in the same journal. … Read More

The Heart Channel

Heart Channel, Terminology

The Heart houses the Shen and its most important clinical use is for mental emotional problems. This article will explore the clinical use of the Heart channel for uses other than for mental-emotional problems. Itching Sexual function in men Connection with Uterus in women Backache in men Nausea, vomiting Calm “nerves” in asthma Tremors Knee … Read More

On Blood Deficiency

Blood Deficiency

This article discusses the origin of Blood and its relationship with qi and jing, it works out the signs and symptoms of Blood deficiency and outlines the three main syndromes, Liver Blood, Heart Blood and Spleen Blood deficiency. The main part of the article focuses on Liver Blood in gynaecology and its relationship with Liver … Read More

The Kidneys, Sadness and Tears

Emotion

SU WEN CHAPTER 81 and TEARS Chapter 81 of the Su Wen has an interesting view of sadness and tears. The Jing of Water is Zhi and the Jing of Fire is Shen. The interaction of Water and Fire causes sadness of both the Zhi and the Shen and that is why tears run out … Read More

Unusual Heart Functions From the Nei Jing

Giovanni Maciocia

I have been consulting the Nei Jing for 35 years initially in its French translation (by Chamfrault) and later in Chinese. As we all know, the Nei Jing is a mine of information and most of the things we do in practice are in this text. It should be stressed that the Nei Jing was … 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 2 … Read More

Fear and Anxiety

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