BODY-MIND MAPPING IN CHINESE MEDICINE: The physiology, pathology and point energetics of body areas


Giovanni Maciocia

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Saturday, November 14, 2009
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, November 15, 2009
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

14 CEUs Available (California CEUs approved)

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Saturday — BODY-MIND MAPPING IN CHINESE MEDICINE: The physiology, pathology and point energetics of body areas

This workshop will look at the body and mind as vortexes of Qi in different areas of the body and will discuss each area separately. In this workshop, we will start from a given area (which may be the occiput, face, neck, etc) and explore all the diagnostic aspects of the area. We shall focus on an area (e.g. occiput or throat) and discuss the physiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment of that area.

Moreover, we will also explore the flow of channels and points energetics of a particular area. Finally, we will discuss the pathology and common disorders of the area.

By taking this approach, we will focus on each individual area as an energetic mapping of the body and mind in Chinese medicine. The areas covered are:

  • Face
  • Vertex
  • Occiput and neck
  • Throat
  • Chest

For each area the following items will be discussed:

  • Energetic anatomy (in terms of Qi flow)
  • Channel pathways (main and secondary channels)
  • Diagnostic features of the area
  • Patterns affecting the area
  • Diseases affecting the area
  • Strategic points of the area and points energetics

This workshop will give participants a vibrant view of the body-mind energetics in each area weaving diagnosis, physiology, pathology and acupuncture treatment all into one. In particular, the workshop will discuss the points' energetics for each area with many examples of point combinations from the author's experience. The discussion of channels and points will also present an innovative way of selecting points to treat problems of a particular area, based on the circulation between Tai Yang, Yang Ming and Shao Yang channels.

Sunday, 9am-12:30pm — THYROID PROBLEMS

A dysfunction of thyroid hormones is very common in clinical practice and, in women, it is very often associated with gynaecological problems. The seminar will present the diagnosis, aetiology, pathology and treatment of goitre as well as that of hypo- and hyper-thyroidism.

Whilst the old classics all discuss the pathology and treatment of goitre, they obviously do not describe the pathology and treatment of thyroid dysfunction in the absence of goitre. The workshop will therefore explore the connection between the ancient Chinese disease entity of “Goitre” and the modern biomedical disease entity of hypo- and hyper-thyroidism, highlighting the different treatment strategies.

The program will be conducted according to the following topics:

  • Aetiology and pathology of goitre
  • Ancient views of goitre
  • Treatment of goitre
  • The treatment of hypo-thyroidism with acupuncture and herbs
  • The treatment of hyper-thyroidism with acupuncture and herbs

Sunday, 1:30pm-5:00pm — PROSTATE DISORDERS

This seminar will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of male disorders, particularly prostate problems.

The workshop will review the anatomy and physiology of menís genito-urinary system from the perspective of Chinese medicine. The physiology and pathology of the 8 extraordinary vessels in menís diseases will be discussed in detail.

The workshop will then focus on the most common patterns of disharmony giving rise to menís problems, some of which are seldom discussed. These are:

  • Dampness
  • Damp-Phlegm in the genital system
  • Blood stasis in the genital system
  • Stasis of Jing in the genital system

The seminar will then discuss the diagnosis, pathology, aetiology, patterns and treatment of the following conditions:

  • Prostatitis and prostatodynia
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia

Giovanni Maciocia

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.