Paediatrics is one of the oldest specialties within Chinese medicine dating from early in the first millennium. It has been providing children with solutions to their health problems for more than 2,000 years. Past generations of Chinese doctors have discovered various characteristics that are common in all children.
According to traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), children are not just considered miniature adults. They are believed to be immature both physically and functionally & therefore most common children’s complaints are due to this immaturity. Chinese medicine states that because children’s bodies are immature and therefore inherently weak, they are susceptible to diseases that affect the lungs such as colds, coughs, allergies and asthma and the spleen (or digestive complaints) such as colic, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, and stomach aches.
When a child is sick our first port of call is often the local doctor. However parents today are getting increasingly frustrated as treatment can involve harsh medication, whereby often the side-effects are worse than the initial condition in the first place.
As a safe, natural alternative more & more parents are turning to Chinese medicine for an effective treatment of paediatric conditions. With a focus on treating the underlying condition & restoring the body’s own natural healing ability, children usually respond quickly & return to full health.
With a variety of treatment options including painless acupuncture, non needle techniques including laser acupuncture, cupping & paediatric massage know as tuina, chinese herbal medicine & diet therapy kids often find the treatment very enjoyable.
Based on an individual assessment, including digestion, sleep, diet & emotional wellbeing, your Chinese Medicine Practitioner is able to accurately identify & therefore effectively treat many childhood conditions including ones that parents are told will just resolve in time, such as growing pains & colic. Who wants to suffer through that!!
As a paediatric nurse I am also well aware of the enormous benefits of Western Medicine and grateful that Chinese Medicine including acupuncture can also be used as an adjunct to conventional paediatric care.
With a focus not only on treating the initial problem but also on wellness care, your Chinese Practitioner at Acukids is able to provide dietary & lifestyle advice, emotional care, as well as educational information based on the five elements to help you get the best out of your child.
We are also able to provide guidance to parents on all aspects of the baby’s care such as decisions regarding sleeping, breastfeeding, and the treatment of common problems including colic and reflux.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are five primary methods of treating children.