Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dozens killed by incorrectly placed acupuncture needles

Professor of complementary medicine calls for adequate training for all acupuncture practitioners after survey reveals punctured hearts and lungs among causes of death over past 45 years

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Chinese Medicine and the Mind

Chinese medicine does not make absolute distinctions between
what we in the West classify as the mind, the activity of the central
nervous system, and the physiology of the visceral organs. Within
traditional Chinese medical thinking, a person represents a field of
Qi, a continuum of dynamic structures, functions, processes, sensory
perceptions, and cognitive faculties that range from the gross,
substantial, and visible (fluids, blood, flesh, muscles, vessels, sense
organs, nerves, and bone) to the subtle, insubstantial, and invisible
(sensations, perceptions, feelings, emotions, thoughts, images, and

The Liver in CM VI - Dragon Rises

SeminarsThe literature regarding the Liver has largely centered on Liver Qi stagnation and Liver Yang
Rising, both of which I have found clinically highly exaggerated in importance in our time and
poorly understood. Liver Blood deficiency, Liver Toxicity and the relationship between the Liver
and other solid organs also requires re-examination and re-evaluation. Ignored is the pandemic
of our time, Liver Qi-Yang deficiency and Liver Separation of Yin and Yang. This is one of the
instances in which my teacher, Dr. Shen ,would say `book wrong’.

Mental Disorder

Shen-Zhi Theory: Analysis of the Signs and Symptoms of Mental Disorder

psyche in chinese medicine

This article will discuss the nature and functions of the Shen and Hun in the human psyche. This will be based on classical texts and on my own thoughts and clinical experience. There will be five parts to this discussion:

Shen (Spirit)

Shen lives in the Heart, where it retires to sleep during the night. If the Shen is disturbed, there may be insomnia. Shen is specifically said to live in the Blood Vessels (part of the system of the Heart) and to be nourished by the Blood. In TCM pathology, therefore, deficient Blood may fail to nourish the Shen. Alternatively, Heat (of various Organs) may disturb the Shen.


Shen in Chinese Medicine