Maryland Acupuncture Society, Inc.


Giovanni Maciocia

Date and Time: November 18-19, 2006

Saturday - 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday - 9 am to 5 pm

15 CEUs Available

For seminar information contact:

William May / 410.360.3534


Extraordinary Vessels &

Advanced Tongue Diagnosis

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The Eight Extraordinary Vessels are an important and essential component of the channel system in acupuncture. Many believe that no acupuncturist can treat without knowledge of the Extraordinary Vessels. They provide a deeper level of treatment for complex conditions and are the link between the Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Qi. Far from being “secondary” vessels as they are sometimes called, they in fact determine the development of the main channels from the moment of conception.

The Extraordinary Vessels are very effective for a wide variety of physical and mental disorders and often provide a breakthrough in the treatment of chronic and complicated conditions. The effective treatment of gynecological conditions would be impossible without an understanding of the Extraordinary Vessels.

Giovanni has made a special study of the Extraordinary Vessels over 32 years of practice and has recently completed a new book on the subject. He has extensively researched the subject in the classics, presenting those sources as well as his experiences and special point combinations in this seminar.

The seminar examines in detail the following:

[ Pathways

[ Physiology

[ Pathology

[ Treatment and point combinations

[ Case histories

[ Diagnostic symptoms and signs including pulses

[ Herbal treatment of the extraordinary vessels

[ Use of the Extraordinary Vessels opening points according to ling gui ba fa, i.e., the use of the points according to the time of year and day.

Originally from Italy, Giovanni Maciocia attained a Masters Degree in Economics at Naples University, Italy in 1968. He then trained at the International College of Oriental Medicine in England, graduating in 1974 as a Bachelor of Acupuncture. He has been practicing acupuncture since then. In 1976, he also graduated as a medical herbalist with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, England. In 1980, 1982 and 1987 he attended three post-graduate courses in China on acupuncture and herbal medicine at the Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He learned Chinese in order to be able to read Chinese medical books and has regularly contributed to the "Journal of Chinese Medicine" with articles which have been appreciated worldwide. From 1984 to 1986 he learned Chinese herbal medicine with Dr. Ted Kaptchuk and he has been practising Chinese herbal medicine since then. From 1988 to 1991 he was co-director of the School of Chinese Herbal Medicine in England.

Giovanni lectures in many countries in Europe and the USA. He is the author of five books which have been adopted as standard textbooks by many colleges all over the world: Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine (1987), The Foundations of Chinese Medicine (1989, 2005), The Practice of Chinese Medicine (1994), Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine (1997) and Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine (2004).

His lectures are greatly appreciated worldwide as he uniquely combines a thorough knowledge of the theory of Chinese medicine with his 32 years of clinical experience. Giovanni Maciocia was appointed Visiting Professor by the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.



Tongue diagnosis is one of the pillars of Chinese diagnosis and its importance and usefulness lies in its reliability and objectivity. This workshop deals with more advanced aspects of Chinese tongue diagnosis and assumes that participants know the basics of this diagnostic art.

Giovanni discusses the clinical significance of tongue-body colour, tongue-body shapes and tongue coating in detail. This is done not in a theoretical way but in a clinically relevant way with many examples derived from practice. The speaker also presents many new interpretations of tongue diagnosis derived from his 32-year practice.

Particular features of the workshop are:

[ An interpretation of tongue signs in mental-emotional problems

[ A detailed discussion of the clinical significance of sub-lingual veins

[ The use of tongue diagnosis for prognosis in cancer

[ Use of the tongue in herbal medicine to decide the treatment principle

[ Clinical significance of the purple tongue

[ Tongue signs related to the breast and breast pathology in women

The workshop will be illustrated with color slides from the speaker's practice.


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