Giovanni Maciocia (1945 – 2018) was one of the most highly respected practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He trained in England at the International College of Oriental Medicine graduating in acupuncture in 1974 after a three-year course. He went on to study Western herbalism and graduated from the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in 1977.
He lectured in colleges around the world. Well known for his rigorous and meticulous style, he combined a thorough knowledge of Chinese medicine with 39-years clinical experience. While firmly rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, Giovanni’s ideas were innovative as the theories of Chinese medicine need to be adapted to Western conditions and new Western diseases.
In 1980, 1982 and 1987 he attended three postgraduate courses in acupuncture in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a foremost teaching institution in China, where he was later appointed Visiting Professor in 1996. He gained invaluable knowledge and clinical experience helped by his ability to read Chinese, therefore gaining access to the Chinese medicine textbooks, old and modern, published in China.
Giovanni is the author of many articles published in professional journals. He notably formulated an innovative and original new theory on the aetiology and pathology of asthma and allergic rhinitis. He also formulated a theory on the aetiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment of M.E. (Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome) entirely from scratch as this, being a new disease, did not exist in the Chinese literature. This article was published in a Chinese medical journal, an honour rarely bestowed on foreign writers in China.
Giovanni is the author of several seminal textbooks on Chinese Medicine: Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine, The Foundations of Chinese Medicine, The Practice of Chinese Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Chinese Medicine, Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine, The Channels of Acupuncture, and The Psyche in Chinese Medicine, which are used by colleges around the world.
Giovanni was honoured by his inclusion in the brochure celebrating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. Giovanni is described in this brochure as the “Father of Chinese Medicine in Europe”.