What is Different about Traditional Chinese Medicine for infants, children and adolescents?
Gentle, non-invasive, paediatric care techniques work extremely well for babies and children.
Cycles of Development: In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the kidney energy is responsible for growth and development of the whole body. In ancient texts, it is said that males and females develop at different rates: females develop in cycles of 7 years, and males develop in cycles of 8 years. These cycles are taken into consideration when treating children and babies with TCM, as specific development milestones take place at specific ages.
The First 12 Months: Babies grow and develop so quickly during their first 12 months – growing longer, becoming more attentive, developing their digestive function and immune system. Baby’s energy is very yang (active, expansive) as they are growing rapidly and this energy is easily influenced with gentler and shorter treatment methods. The energy meridians are also still developing, therefore treatment focuses on specific areas rather than the specific acupuncture points used in adults.
Gentle Techniques Used: Young children and babies are incredibly responsive to the non-invasive techniques to ensure smooth energy flow and to optimise their developing bodies. The gentler techniques used in TCM treatments of young children and babies may involve gentle tapping of specific areas, gentle stroking along the developing meridian lines and/or the use of specialised non-invasive instruments developed for use in paediatric treatments like a tei-shin (see picture).
In addition to treatments in the clinic, parents may be shown some easy home treatment techniques that can be done between clinic appointments to supplement and optimise the treatments given in the clinic.
Nourishing the kidney energy is common when treating children and babies, as this helps the body to grow and develop naturally. Sometimes only 2 or 3 sessions is enough to strengthen the growing body to develop naturally. Common paediatric issues we treat at Bing’s Natural Health include:-
- digestive problems
- reduced immune function
- night terrors
- growth/developmental milestone delays
- common cold
- cough and respiratory problems
- poor appetite
- itchy skin
- ear ache
Sometimes Chinese herbal formulas and some dietary changes may be needed for the best results.
We love working with babies and children because we usually see dramatic results with just one or two sessions – and parents are overjoyed to see the change in their child.
Abbey’s son Sid, was born with a mild form of cerebral palsey. She was taking him to a chiropractor who suggested that he additionally try Pediatric non-insertive acupuncture. Sid was five when he first started receiving acupuncture. He could walk, but required assistance, and could grip large objects with his hands. Sid was often very relaxed during his acupuncture sessions, which lasted about twenty five minutes. After three months of regular treatments he showed marked improvement in his ability to walk and was able to do so with minimal assistance. His fine motor skills also began to improve. Sid experienced an overall improvement in the quality of his life.