A gentler, subtler approach for children is Chinese herbal therapy, as well as various forms of massage, acupuncture, and specific dietary guidelines.
Chinese medicine sees a childs digestive function as being the main cause of many childhood problems. The Chinese believe that a childs digestive system has not fully developed and is easily disharmonised because of this. Poor diet and an overload on the digestive function, then leads to disharmonies.
The Chinese believe that the Spleen/Stomach govern digestive function as they are responsible for absorbing Qi from our food and then transporting it through our bodies.
The Spleen/stomach does not like things too cold or too sweet. Overuse of either of these will cause disharmonies. Foods such as ice-cream, lollies, fruit bars and muesli bars can all disharmonise the digestive system, with most childhood problems starting from having too much sugar in the diet. Even most of the snacks that you thought were healthy for your children probably have far too much sugar in them. Too much fruit can be a problem too, as it sweet, cold in nature and still contains sugar. Cold water straight from the refrigerator is another problem. Try to give room temperature water instead.
Conditions treated include:
- Ear problems
- Bed wetting
- Chronic conditions
- Sleeping problems
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Digestive problems
- Immune enhancement
- Feeding problems
- Respiratory disorders
- Aches & Pains
- Skin conditions
- Teething problems
- Weight Issues
- Cold & Flus
For cough with excessive phlegm. Especially good for children
Take 1 winter pear ( the dark skin variety)
(remove the skin if the phlegm is white) (do not remove the skin if phlegm is yellow)
Cut the pear in half, remove and discard the core. Fill the hole with appropriate 1 tsp rock sugar – break up sugar if necessary. Place pear with sugar in a pot. Add 1 cup water.
Cover the pot with lid. Boil 15-20 minutes. Eat the pear and drink the liquid. Take once a day.
If you are not sleeping well, you should eat the pear before going to bed.
If there is much phlegm in the morning, take it then to facilitate expectoration.
(Insights of a Senior Acupuncturist – M Lee & Foods for the Seasons – Professor Lun Wong & Kath Knapsey)