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

Geriatrics in Chinese Medicine

Geriatrics

The thinking about geriatrics in Chinese medicine has been dominated by Kidney deficiency for centuries. As Kidney-Jing declines as we age, the clinical approach to the treatment of the elderly has been based largely on tonifying the Kidneys. However, modern diseases of the elderly that account for 90% of mortality (cancer, heart disease and stroke) … Read More

Treatment Principles in Exterior Invasions

Qi

I recently received an email from a colleague asking for a help with a patient suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. The colleague was asking about the treatment principle to apply. The patient obviously suffered from a deficiency of Zheng Qi, as all patients with chronic fatigue syndrome do. But she also had frequent acute invasions … Read More

The Shen, Yi and Zhi and Needling in the Nei Jing

Acupuncture Points

The Nei Jing, and especially the Ling Shu, contains very many passages with instructions to acupuncturists as to how to needle. All these passages give instructions as to how to engage the Shen, Yi or Zhi (of the practitioner) when needling. Just as a reminder, Yi is the mental faculty of the Spleen which refers … Read More

The Clinical Use of the Back-Shu Points

Acupuncture Points

When giving my lectures I am often surprised by the fact that many practitioners do not use the Back-Shu points very much. In this short article I would like to explain how I use the Back-Shu points in practice. The Back-Shu points are mentioned in various chapters of the Nei Jing. Chapter 51 of the … Read More

Rebellious Qi of the Chong Mai

Qi

Rebellious Qi of the Chong Mai is a relatively common pathology; it is more common in women than men. In women, I have seen at all ages, from teenagers to women over 65. The first mention of Rebellious Qi of the Chong Mai is in chapter 29 of the Nan Jing: “The pathology of the … Read More

Yin Deficiency and Empty Heat

Heat, Tongue Diagnosis

Empty Heat derives from Yin deficiency and the two pathological conditions (Yin deficiency and Empty Heat) are often considered as one. All modern Chinese books include Empty Heat clinical manifestations under the patterns of Yin deficiency. For example, under the pattern of Lung-Yin deficiency they will have dry throat and dry cough (Yin deficiency) and … Read More

Dysmenorrhoea Case History

Dysmenorrhoea

The following is a case history sent by Jason Smith in Madrid. Symptoms A woman aged 43 seeks treatment for painful periods. The periods last three days and are extremely painful.She feels cold in general, but the cold is more intense at period time. The period is regular (30 days), lasts 3 days, with little … Read More

Men: A Common Mental-Emotional Symptom

Emotion

“Men” is a common symptom in Chinese medicine. The Chinese character shows a door and a heart inside it. Thus, it would seem to indicate a heart constricted by a door closing on it. I translate this symptom as “a feeling of oppression of the chest”. Men is very difficult to translate and my translation … Read More

Sexuality in Chinese Medicine Part 4: Sexuality and Emotional Problems

Sex

This is the fourth and last part of Sexuality in Chinese Medicine. Chinese medicine has always stressed the importance of excessive sexual activity as a cause of disease but not insufficient sexual activity. This has not always been so as, during past dynasties, all sex manuals explicitly say that sexual activity is essential for the … Read More