Maryland Acupuncture Society, Inc.

 

Giovanni Maciocia

Date and Time: October 23-24, 2004

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

15 CEUs Available

The Psyche in Chinese Medicine: Treatment of Mental-Emotional Problems (Saturday)

Gynecology (Sunday)

For seminar information contact:

Barbra Esher / 410.360.3534

E-mail: registrar@maryland-acupuncture.org

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THE PSYCHE IN CHINESE MEDICINE: TREATMENT OF MENTAL- EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS

This seminar will include:

bulletThe nature of Hun, Po, Shen, Yi and Zhi in Chinese medicine and clinical applications,
bulletThe relationship between Hun and Shen,
bulletThe traditional emotional causes of disease with their clinical manifestations,
bulletStagnation of Qi of the Heart and Lungs in mental-emotional conditions,
bulletNew emotional causes of disease with their clinical manifestations: Shame, guilt, jealousy, envy, frustration, resentment, indignation, pride, hurt, rejection, humiliation, and control,
bulletDepression, mania and anxiety: treatment with acupuncture and herbs,
bulletThe mental-emotional functions of acupuncture points,
bulletThe Shao Yang channels in the treatment of mental-emotional problems.

After this seminar attendees will be able to:

bulletFully understand the Chinese view of the psyche and its connection with modern psychology,
bulletUnderstand the pathology of depression and mania in the light of the relationship between Shen and Hun,
bulletSelect the most appropriate acupuncture points for mental-emotional problems.

This seminar will discuss the Chinese medicine view of the psyche and the treatment of some common mental-emotional problems. This will be done by first describing in detail the nature and clinical application of the Five Spiritual Aspects, i.e. the Hun, Po, Shen, Yi and Zhi.

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 practicing Chinese herbal medicine since then. From 1988 to 1991 he was co-director of the School of Chinese Herbal Medicine in England.

He 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), The Practice of Chinese Medicine (1994), Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine (1997) and Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine (2004) The Foundations of Chinese Medicine and the Practice of Chinese Medicine have been adopted as required textbooks by the California Board of Acupuncture.

His lectures are greatly appreciated worldwide as he uniquely combines a thorough knowledge of the theory of Chinese medicine with his 30 years of clinical experience. Giovanni Maciocia was appointed Visiting Professor by the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.

 

These five psychic aspects of the 5 Zang organs constitute the ancient Chinese view of the psyche. After discussing the Five Spiritual Aspects, the seminar will look at the emotions as causes of disease in Chinese medicine. This part of the seminar will discuss the traditional 7 emotions (joy, anger, sadness, grief, fear, worry and pensiveness) and their pathology but it will also challenge the generally accepted view of the emotions as causes of disease. The lecture will look at how the emotions considered by Chinese medicine and the way of dealing with them have been heavily influenced by the Confucian philosophy which is not necessarily relevant to Western patients in the 21st century. For example, are those 7 traditional emotions really the only emotional causes of disease in Western patients? Is “excess joy” really such an important cause of disease to merit a place among the 7 emotions? What of all the other emotional states left out by that list of 7 emotions? For example, what of shame, guilt, jealousy, envy, frustration, resentment, indignation, pride, hurt, rejection, humiliation, control? These are all fundamental and common emotional states in Western patients and yet they are not mentioned in Chinese medicine. Is Liver-Qi stagnation really such a fundamental pathology and such a frequent cause of emotional stress? The seminar will show that Qi stagnation affects practically every organ and, in the emotional life, Heart-Qi and Lung-Qi stagnation are particularly important and common. Other generally accepted views will also be challenged such as that the Heart houses the Spirit (Shen). Is the Shen of the Heart really the Spirit as we intend it in the West? Particular attention will be devoted to the Hun and Po as these are essential to really penetrate the spirit of the Chinese view of the psyche. Some connections with modern psychology will be explored. The nature and functions of the Hun and its relationship with the Shen are essential to understand the pathology (and treatment) of depression with Chinese medicine. The seminar will discuss in particular the conditions of depression and anxiety and their treatment. After the discussion of the picture of the psyche in Chinese medicine, several relevant clinical strategies will be presented with the acupuncture and herbal treatment. In particular, the discussion of the acupuncture treatment will present a new angle in the use of the Gall Bladder channel and the Shao Yang in general.

GYNECOLOGY IN CHINESE MEDICINE

This seminar will include:

bulletWomen’s physiology and pathology,
bulletThe Four Phases of the menstrual cycle,
bulletPathways and functions of the extraordinary vessels in general,
bulletDiscussion of major points of the extraordinary vessels and the use of their master points,
bulletExtraordinary vessels physiology and pathology in relation to gynecology,
bulletTreatment of various gynecological disorders (including menopausal problems, menorrhagia, dysmenorrhoea, infertility, endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome) with both acupuncture and herbal medicine.

After this seminar attendees will be able to:

bulletFully understand the general principles of gynecology in Chinese medicine including the physiology, aetiology, pathology and diagnosis of women’s problems,
bulletUnderstand the differentiation and treatment of a few gynecological conditions including menorrhagia/ metrorrhagia, dysmenorrhoea, pre-menstrual syndrome and menopausal problems,
bulletEffectively use the extraordinary vessels for a wide variety of physical and mental disorders and symptoms,
bulletSelect the most appropriate acupuncture points for gynecological problems.

This seminar will present the general principles of gynecology in Chinese medicine including the physiology, aetiology, pathology and diagnosis of women’s problems.

  Particular attention will be devoted to exploring the essential peculiarities of women’s physiology and pathology, which is essential in clinical practice. Several new ideas will be presented, based on the lecturer’s experience, in particular the interpretation of Hot and Cold patterns in women, which is totally different than in men. It is only by understanding the essence of women’s physiology and pathology and its difference with men’s that we can treat gynecological conditions effectively. After this general discussion, the seminar will present the differentiation and treatment of a few gynecological conditions including menorrhagia/ metrorrhagia, dysmenorrhoea, pre-menstrual syndrome and menopausal problems.  

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The discussion of treatment will include both acupuncture and herbal medicine. Particular attention will be devoted to the use of more than one remedy according to the four phases of the menstrual cycle. Case histories will be given to illustrate the use of the remedies. The Eight Extraordinary Vessels provide a deeper level of treatment than the main channels. They are the link between our inherited pre-natal Essence and the post-natal Qi. Far from being “secondary” vessels, they determine the development of the main channels from the very moment of conception. The extraordinary vessels are very effective for a wide variety of physical and mental disorders and symptoms and often provide a breakthrough in the treatment of chronic diseases. In gynecology, the extraordinary vessels are extremely important in all aspects of women’s physiology, pathology and treatment. The seminar will first explore women’s physiology and pathology and then the pathways, functions and pathology of each of the extraordinary vessels in gynecology. The principle of treatment will be discussed and case examples given with the application of extraordinary vessel treatment for various gynecological disorders.