Chinese Medicine for Pediatric CareChinese Medicine for Pediatric Care

Chinese medicine can be a valuable asset when addressing the medical needs of children. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) modalities for children include tuina bodywork, cupping, and moxibustion, as well as nutritional and herbal therapies. Many common children’s conditions benefit from Chinese medicine: teething pain, colic, headaches, ear infections, childhood asthma, digestive disorders, allergies, sleep disorders, eczema, common cold and flu.

The rapid growth and development of children, and especially infants, can lead to a hyperactivity of Yang energy, a kind of metabolic fire, and a weak relationship between the Yin and Yang energies of the body. This is the reason that children development fevers quickly and why high fevers are more common in children than adults. This is also the reason that a sick child’s condition often worsens at night, and why restless sleep is common during illness or spurts of developmental change. Additionally, because of the hyperactivity of Yang energy, children can be susceptible to attention deficit and hyperactive disorders.

Secondly, children’s digestion, a function of the Spleen/Stomach, is inherently weak until the age of five or six. This weak digestion can result in a deficiency of the vital energies of the body. Deficiency can lead to weakened immune response, while food stagnation leads to an accumulation of dampness and heat which can present itself as colicky stomach pain, ear infection, asthma, and more. This is so common that some practitioners feel this “indigestion” is the key to many childhood illnesses.

Ironically, from the TCM perspective, antibiotic use weakens the Spleen and further inhibits the digestion of food and the production of Chi and Blood. This is why parents sometimes experience the frustration of their children’s recurring illness with recurrent antibiotic use. The aftereffects of antibiotic use have come to be known in Chinese medicine as "Post-Antibiotic Spleen Deficiency Syndrome."

It is important to seek out a qualified practitioner of TCM to help you address the health needs of your children. Your practitioner should be able to provide nutritional guidance and herbal remedies to help your children enjoy healthy and happy lives.


By Jaseng Center for Alternative Medicine.

Jaseng Center for Alternative Medicine is one of the largest integrative medical facility with 10 medical practitioners and it is a branch medical office of Jaseng Hospital of Oriental Medicine, which is the largest oriental medical hospital specializing in non surgical treatment of spine and joint condition. Please visit our website for more info at www.jasengusa.com or www.jaseng.net



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