A special interest in the psychic sides of the human being and of medicine led Elisa to a B.A. in Philosophy and, after Medical School, a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.
She trained both as Acupuncturist and as Psychotherapist (Junghian) and researched the connection between the psychoanalytic and the traditional Chinese point of view.
She also focused on the relation between patient and acupuncturist, subjects on which she researches, teaches and publishes.
Some examples of her contribution can be seen in the paper “Hun and Po: Functions and diagnosis” (The Fourth World Conference on Acupuncture, New York 1996); her being in charge of the Public Health “Project for Treatment with Acupuncture for Generalized Anxiety Disorder” (ASL Vimercate - Milano); her lectures on “Mental Disorders and Chinese Medicine” for Public Health and Social Workers (ASL 4, Prato, 2003; Crinali, 2006-15).
In English she published “Shen – Psycho-Emotional Aspects of Chinese Medicine”, Churchill-Livingstone, 2007 (Italian ed. 2002),
and articles as:
“Hun and Po: Functions and diagnosis” (The Fourth World Conference on Acupuncture, New York 1996)
“Looking at the evidence: Notes on diagnosis and the evaluation of efficacy in TCM” (European Journal, vol.5, n.1, 1995)
“The space shared between patient and acupuncturist”, European Journal of Oriental Medicine, vol.3 n.2, 2000
“Fire and emotional illnesses”, European Journal of Oriental Medicine, vol.4, n.6, 2005