Background of Chinese treatment for children
Pediatrics is one of the oldest specialties within Chinese medicine and dates from the early first millennium. Since that time, there has been continuous development in the diagnosis and treatment of children’s diseases.
Past generations of Chinese doctors have discovered various characteristics that are common in all children. The various modalities (herbal medicine, acupuncture, Chinese massage and dietary therapy) of Traditional Chinese Medicine (known as TCM) have been providing children with solutions to their health problems for more than 2,000 years.
- Chicken pox
- Emotional disorders
- Kidney disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Neonatal jaundice
- Physical pain
- Poor appetite
- Premature menstruation
- Chicken pox
- Emotional disorders
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Paediatric massage, or Tui Na, can be highly effective for treating commonly encountered paediatric diseases such as cough, constipation, chronic abdominal pain, dermatitis and asthma. It is gentle, safe and without side effects. Chinese paediatric massage is specifically designed to prevent and treat paediatric disorders and uses specialised techniques and pressure points that are particularly beneficial for children. Chinese paediatric massage is useful for treating children up to 8 years of age. However, the younger the child is, the more effective paediatric massage can be.
There are certain combinations of specific massage techniques for the rebalancing of particular patterns of disharmony within the child. Usually, a Chinese paediatric massage treatment will last 20-30 minutes and most techniques are performed while the child is clothed. The frequency of massage depends on whether the condition is chronic or acute. Paediatric Tui Na is soothing and relaxing for the child and does not cause pain or discomfort.
In general, acupuncture is not often used in the treatment of children especially under six years of age. In TCM, the primary modalities used in paediatrics by the Chinese doctor are herbal medicine and massage. However, paediatric acupuncture, called Shoni-shin, is a type of acupuncture specifically designed for the treatment of children, which does not penetrate the skin.
This treatment works wonders for common respiratory and digestive ailments. It can enhance circulation and relaxation, thereby improving health in general. Shoni-shin is a form of bodywork that makes use of small metal tools designed to bring Qi to the surface, help it move by “spreading” it along the channels, and stimulate specific acupuncture points. There are about half a dozen tools in a Shoni-shin kit, none of which penetrates the skin. A Shoni-shin treatment can be performed in 10 to 20 minutes depending on the age of the child and the severity of the illness.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the most sophisticated herbal medicine systems in the world. It is very important, especially in the treatment of children, that herbs are prescribed only by a licensed professional. Side effects of properly prescribed herbs are uncommon, and if they do occur are quite mild.
Chinese herbs are prescribed in personalized formulas which are custom written to suit the needs of each child. These formulas typically consist of anywhere between four and fifteen herbs. Many herbs have anti-bacterial or anti-viral properties while others work to promote the body’s innate ability to heal and recuperate. Herbal formulas can be very effective in the treatment of acute illness as well as in preventing illness when there is a history of chronic infections and antibiotic use.
There are a number of ways that Chinese herbal medicine can be dispensed for children under the age of eight. There are pills, powders and teas. Any liquid form of Chinese medicine may be effectively administered with an eye dropper.
Digestion plays such a pivotal role in the health and wellbeing of infants and young children. Their diet is extremely important in preventing and treating the most commonly encountered children’s diseases. The same diet that the average parent in Western society has been led to believe to be healthy for infants and children can be problematic according to TCM. Most paediatric diseases can be either eliminated or markedly relieved if a child’s diet is modified.
No child can eat whatever they wish and remain entirely healthy. The majority of food a child eats should be cooked because cooked foods are easier for them to digest due to their immature digestion. Children should be fed whole foods with a high percentage of vegetables, fruits, grains and complex carbohydrates, with smaller amounts of meats, eggs and dairy products.