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

An Important Article by Chris Dhaenens on Aristolochia

Giovanni Maciocia

ARISTOLOCHIA: THE MALIGNANT LIE AND THE BENIGN TRUTH Chris Dhaenens Journal of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (UK), Spring 2013, Vol. 10, no. 1. This article was commissioned in response to a recent piece in the Lancet (Daniel Kell, Justin Stebbing. ‘Aristolochia: the malignant truth’) published under ‘Quackery’ rubric, in www.thelancet.com/oncology/Vol 14 January 2013 … Read More

Magnesium Stearate

Giovanni Maciocia

Magnesium stearate is a widely used excipient in drugs and herbal remedies. It has been used for many years without any safety concern. However, I have been investigating how magnesium stearate is made and I have come to the conclusion that it is better to avoid it. As a result, the Three Treasures and Women’s … Read More

Bacteria in the Foetus and Asthma

Asthma, Giovanni Maciocia

An article in the New Scientist reports a new discovery about bacteria in the foetus. It was previously thought that the foetus could not be affected by bacteria from the mother in the womb and that they could only get bacterial contamination from the mother’s vagina at birth. New research shows that this is not … Read More

On Stagnation of Lung and Heart-Qi

Giovanni Maciocia, Qi

Liver-Qi stagnation is one of the most “popular” diagnoses among Western practitioners. Liver-Qi stagnation is certainly very common but, in my opinion, it is over-diagnosed and over-emphasized. Besides that, it is hardly ever mentioned that practically every organ – not just the Liver – may be subject to Qi stagnation. For example, the following organs … Read More