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Giovanni Maciocia

Giovanni Maciocia, whose Chinese name Ma Wan Li means “horse of ten-thousand miles”, has been teaching acupuncture and Chinese medicine internationally since
1974 and is one of the most highly respected practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Europe.

Originally from a medical family in Italy, he trained in England at the International College of Oriental medicine graduating in acupuncture. He attended postgraduate acupuncture courses in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese

Medicine where he gained both valuable knowledge and clinical experience. In 1996, Giovanni Maciocia was appointed Visiting Professor of the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a foremost teaching institution in China.

Because Giovanni reads Chinese, he has unique access to both old as well as modern Chinese medicine textbooks. While firmly rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, he innovatively adapts Eastern theories to Western conditions including the aetiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment of M.E. (Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome) a new disease, not documented in Chinese literature.

Giovanni has also studied Western herbalism and graduated from the National Institute of Medical Herbalists as well as having received Chinese herbal medicine instruction by Dr. Ted Kaptchuk in England.

He has been published in a Chinese medical journal, an honour rarely bestowed on foreign writers in China and has authored many books including 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 have become textbooks for all major acupuncture colleges in the world.

Giovanni has been practicing Tai Ji Chuan, Ba Gua and Xing Yi and currently lives and works in Santa Barbara, California.

Giovanni Maciocia


”Giovanni Maciocia is a respected guide
in this transition period of East Asian medicine to the western arena. His accomplishments as a teacher and writer have made him a major force in this successful movement from one world to another. Foundations of Chinese
Medicine, Practice of Chinese Medicine and Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese
Medicine are all outstanding
contributions of scholarship and clinical acumen, and this present volume Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Chinese Medicine significantly adds to his accomplishments. Indeed, one begins to see the outlines of a Maciocia transmission or tradition existing within our very own generation.“
From Dr. Ted Kaptchuk’s foreword to Giovanni’s book Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Chinese Medicine.