Teishin and Children: A safe and effective therapy

Teishin and Children: A safe and effective therapy

 – Vimala Kumar

Have you kept your child away from Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) because they are afraid of needles?

At Bing’s Natural Health we also practice a Japanese influenced style of acupuncture which does not involve the use of needles. Instead we use a teishin gently stimulate the pressure points without breaking the skin.

Your Child’s Immune System is Much More Sensitive Than Yours

You’ve probably noticed that your child’s health is fluctuates much more dramatically than most adults do. They react more quickly to environmental hazards and allergens so they get sick faster, but then they also bounce back faster. This is because your child’s energetic system is much healthier than yours and is therefore more responsive.

From a TCM perspective, this is very good news!  It means that your child will respond much more quickly to a lesser degree of stimulus than any adult will, so teishin and laser acupuncture is incredibly effective and provides rapid results without the use of needles.

What Can TCM Alleviate?

Some of the most common uses of TCM in children include:-

  • Aiding children who have a tendency for bedwetting
  • Calming the nervous system and reducing anxiety
  • Helping children who suffer from insomnia
  • Treating auto-immune conditions such as  asthma and eczema
  • Strengthening muscle tone which helps with conditions like muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy
  • Relieving colic – a Swedish double blind study shows that acupuncture is immensely effective for this
  • Strengthening the immune system to protect them from winter colds and germs, especially for children at child care, kinder, and school

When Your Children are Sick, You Are Stressed Too

We all know how tough it is getting on with life and work when our heads and noses are stuffy, we’re coughing and sneezing or even feverish. It affects our sleep, our moods, and our energy. When our children are sick, it’s even worse because we feel responsible for their aches and pains.

TCM boosts your child’s immune system so they are more resistant to germs and less likely to get sick. If they are sick, then a treatment may quickly and safely alleviate their symptoms and speed up their recovery. With the recent warnings about the side-effects of ibuprofen and acetaminophen why wouldn’t you consider trying TCM?

Right now is a great time to bring your child in for a treatment to boost their immune system before the winter flu and colds set in. You can also ask your practitioner about how TCM can help with any of the conditions listed above.

At Bing’s Natural Health our goal is to provide safe, natural interventions that help your body function at it’s best. We believe it’s never too early to tune-up your nervous system and replenish your energy levels.

 

TCM for kids… absolutely!  It’s fast, safe, effective, and doesn’t use needles.

Client Story

Eight year old Chris was brought into the clinic to treat his eczema. He had many red weepy patches on his arms, legs, and back.  This made him very self-conscious, and he started avoiding extracurricular school activities and sports.  He would also scratch some itchy patches during the night, so they bled and became more inflamed. We discussed his diet and I recommended one that was specifically tailored for children who suffer from eczema which avoids refined sugar and highly processed foods.

Chris received weekly acupuncture for six weeks using a device known as a teishin which gently stimulates the pressure points without penetrating the skin. Chris also took a Chinese paediatric herbal formula specifically designed for skin conditions. His condition began to improve significantly.  He was sleeping better and itching less. The patches started drying out and were less inflamed.  After two months his eczema subsided, and Chris was overall much happier and more outgoing as a result.  The family continue to follow a diet rich in whole foods as a preventative measure and they know what to do if he has another outbreak.  

Client Story

Rose was eighteen months old when her mother brought her into the clinic.  She had a rare genetic disorder that caused very poor muscle strength and development.  She had surgery in the United States when she was 12 months old to address the underlying cause of her condition and then the family returned to Australia.  Rose had frequent physical therapy sessions to strengthen her muscles and her mother also decided that acupuncture would also be beneficial.  

Rose came weekly for three months.  During our sessions, I stimulated the pressure points with a teishin.  She  was comfortable with the treatments and often fell asleep.   The integrated therapy had very good results and Rose made great progress. By the end of our treatment she was able to grasp objects with ease and had started crawling and walking.  

 

 

Herbal Teas – Autumn Reflections

Herbal Teas – Autumn Reflections

 – Bing Qian  

At Easter I took a week off to visit Wayne’s father on the farm in South Australia. I love being in the pretty Adelaide Hills and working with the cattle and other animals. Unfortunately, I always suffer from hay fever (literally!) because part of the experience is feeding bales of hay to the cattle each day!

I’ve learned that I can reduce my symptoms by drinking a lot of natural herbal teas, so I prepare my body before I leave and I make sure I take the appropriate teas with me, which means that my body does not react to the hay fever. Wayne went a week before I did to help his father remove a big fallen tree from the dam and to clear a creek crossing. When I arrived he had a cough and sore throat from all of this damp work, so I gave him the appropriate herbal tea and he was able to avoid the impending sickness.

One of the things I learned in Australia is that the Chinese have a different approach to health. In China we don’t wait until we are definitely sick to seek treatment, and we don’t just adopt a fixed regimen and stick with it no matter what. In keeping with the idea of ‘food as medicine’ we listen to our body and adjust our Chinese herbs, teas, foods etc in response to the signals our body is sending. This usually involves small tweaks and changes rather than dramatic interventions.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM), seasonal changes (such as moving into autumn) are always a trigger for modifying your diet, exercise regime, and herbal teas to help your body adapt to the different temperature, humidity, germs, etc. The basic premise is that as the environment changes, your body needs different things and “one size” does not fit everyone all the time.

I have a large stock of herbal teas in my home pantry and select the appropriate mixture by listening to my body. I suggest that you talk to your TCM practitioner about your body type as well, and ask what combinations or individual teas you can take (we have a selection of pre-made teas available at reception to make this easy). You will be surprised how powerful the right tea can actually be in boosting your energy, balancing your moods, and fighting off sickness.

In addition to these teas (which rarely have adverse effects), I also prescribe herbal decoctions, which are a stronger, more medicinal intervention. You should definitely consult your practitioner before taking a decoction as, contrary to popular thought, they can be harmful if you use the wrong herbal decoction for your body type and symptoms.

Balms, lozenges, and oils are also useful additions to your daily routine that can help boost your immune system, so that it can cope with the challenges of seasonal change. These are available from the reception desk without the need for an appointment.

Staff Spotlight – Meet Veronica

Staff Spotlight – Meet Veronica

Receptionist and Naturopath-In-Training

Hi, my name is Veronica and I’ve recently moved from Sydney to Melbourne to continue my studies in naturopathy in a new city. One of the amazing things about modern life is how easy it is to transfer from one campus to another without losing any academic credits!

I grew up in Sydney, but many members of my extended family live in Melbourne and I’ve always felt a strong affinity for the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’.  It simply felt like the right time to move here, and the best place to continue my studies. Someone asked me the other day how I was settling in. My response: “There’s not really any settling in to do. Melbourne has just embraced me.”

I love my studies in naturopathy, plus I’m really enjoying my receptionist role and getting to know the practitioners and clients at Bing’s Natural Health. Learning more about health and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) enhances my naturopathy training. When I’m not working or studying I love to walk, read and spend time with friends.

Why Use Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Why Use Chinese Herbal Medicine?

 – Alice Louey

Chinese herbs are very different to vitamin supplementation!

From ancient times, in both the East and the West, herbs were recognised as powerful sources of healing and wise medical practitioners sought to understand their dangers, benefits, and uses. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses herbs to treat specific symptoms and conditions as well as treating the root cause of your disease. They can rebalance your system so that it becomes stronger and healthier.

Vitamin supplements may address deficiencies when your diet is inadequate.

Benefits of Adding Chinese Herbs to Your Treatment

The Chinese herbs your practitioner prescribes help you to achieve a faster result compared with acupuncture treatments alone. The use of individualised herbal granule formulas allows your practitioner to create a personalised formula that is able to be altered as your body heals and your symptoms diminish. It is important to discuss your symptoms with your practitioner and not just ‘grab a bottle off the shelf’.

Chinese Herbs are medicine, not supplements – and, like any medicine they only work if you actually take them

Your prescribed herbs will:-

  • Deeply nourish your body
  • Help your body cope with stress
  • Rebalance your body and boost energy
  • Improve your sleep, digestion, and skin issues
  • Boost your immunity
  • Improve chronic conditions

Some of the many conditions that respond particularly well to Chinese herbal medicine include:- colds and flu; post-viral fatigue; lingering cough; digestive issues; stress-induced symptoms; sleep issues; skin conditions; menstrual pain and fertility issues for men and women.

Your registered  TCM practitioner has been specifically trained to use Chinese herbs at a tertiary education level.  Chinese herbs are powerful and effective medicines and your practitioner has a deep understanding of phyto-pharmacology (use of plants as medicinals), herb-drug interactions and contra-indications, plus western biomedical knowledge. This is why it is important never to self-prescribe any Chinese herbal formulas based on the descriptions on the label, and to tell your practitioner about any other medications or supplements that you are taking.
Chinese Herbal Medicine Client Stories

Chinese herbs for colds, stress and eczema…

Susan came to Bing’s Natural Health with a cold, congested sinuses, sore throat, headache, and a cough.  I gave her acupuncture to open up her sinuses, ease her congestion and cough, clear her headache, and help her body fight off the pathogen. Immediately Susan noticed that she could breathe through her nose, her headache was gone and she was coughing less frequently.  I prescribed some Chinese herbal pills, and Chinese herbal cough syrup along with rest and some dietary suggestions.  The following week Susan reported that her cold was gone and (unlike most of her colleagues) she had no lingering cough.

Rebecca is a university student in her early 20’s. She has had chronic eczema since childhood, but it had recently flared up and she was feeling overwhelmed. Hot, itchy, inflamed skin, and stress made her irritable and unproductive.  We started a series of acupuncture treatments and I prescribed some Chinese herbal granule formulae.  Rebecca noticed a big improvement after her first acupuncture session.  As part of her eczema management plan we discussed skin management, stress management, and some cooling dietary changes. During the first week of taking Chinese herbal medicine, Rebecca noticed a big reduction in the itchiness and inflammation of her eczema.  
As her eczema healed we changed to a maintenance protocol. She is now armed with self-care techniques to help her maintain her skin condition, knowledge of what to do if it flares up again, and awareness of the role of stress as a trigger.

Holidays and Other Simple Pleasures

Holidays and Other Simple Pleasures

– Bing Qian  

I was really looking forward to spending a week in Bali at a two-bedroom villa overlooking the beach with a friend during March. As you may have noticed our summer wasn’t really all that hot so I was anticipating consistent warmth, total relaxation, and being with my friend.

She had gone ahead, so Wayne took me out to the airport to check-in. Everything went smoothly until they checked my passport: I only had 3-months left before it expired and Indonesia requires a minimum of six months! (Note to my readers: Always check that your passport has at least 6 months validity before you plan your overseas trip!) To cut a long story short, by the time I got my new passport I couldn’t get a flight for another 2 days. It hardly seemed worth going for the few days that would be left, so I decided not to go to Bali and do something else.

So, Wayne and I headed off on the motorbikes to a farm-stay near Bruthen (40km north of Lakes Entrance) for 5 days. It was beautiful (even if the weather wasn’t warm at all) I watched sheep, fed the ducks, played with the dogs, walked across the valley, listened to the kookaburras laughing in the background and generally enjoyed the peace and tranquillity after a few very busy months – assisting my nephew set up house in Melbourne, working hard, and helping various friends in crisis. Once again I was reminded how the frantic pace of life can take over and stop us from truly enjoying the pleasures we have.

It’s not that we can’t be busy, it’s just that it’s important to plan breaks from busy-ness… times to recharge and evaluate where we are and where we need to be.

During those 5 days away the holiday pleasures that we enjoyed together included:

  1. Riding the motorbikes: I love the feel of the wind rushing past (especially when I’m protected by my jacket and helmet), and the sense of speed and balance. There’s nothing quite like motorbike travel to get a sense of movement and life!
  2. Enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of the farm – I’ve already mentioned the walks, sheep, ducks, kookaburras and dogs!
  3. Exploring the Lakes Entrance town, the beach and the beautiful local lakes.
  4. Wandering around pretty Bruthen, sampling the local produce and generally taking life slowly.

I felt bad because I’d let my friend down by not joining her, but we’ve talked about it since and she just really needed some extra time alone (even more than she needed my company), so it worked out well all round. Maybe it’s a lesson to me: when things don’t quite work out the way I’ve planned it’s still OK.

Lessons From Rose-Breeding

Lessons From Rose-Breeding

It’s just after Valentine’s Day as I write this and the main photo is a Chinese Valentine bouquet. As you can see, the Chinese are an immensely practical people, and the bouquet also conveys an important truth – what we eat affects our health. An interesting Chinese cultural insight is that guests usually bring gifts of food when they visit, rather than the chocolates, wine, or flowers which are common in Australia.

Anyway, just before Valentine’s Day I had the privilege of visiting a rose-breeding farm where they breed many varieties of roses. The gardens were fragrant, full of spectacular blooms of varieties I had never seen before, many of which would soon be cut for sale at markets and shops before Valentine’s Day.  Interestingly, a lot of the roses that we buy on Valentine’s Day are now grown cheaply overseas, which is a challenge for local growers.

The family who owns the business are third generation rose breeders. Their passion and knowledge about roses emerged in everything they said. I was reminded of the first time I met the owner: we were both visiting his sister in hospital and I had brought her a bunch of roses. He looked at them, sniffed deeply, and said, “From South Africa. Lovely.” I didn’t realise that roses were his passion, so I was rather surprised at this comment.

Anyway, I learned that rose-breeding is a lot like Traditional Chinese Medicine, and roses are a lot like our bodies. Let’s look at some similarities:-

  1. Roses thrive in the right conditions (water, nourishment, care) and don’t do so well if you ‘feed’ them badly. Our bodies also need the right food, plenty of water and vitamins, as well as some care and attention if they are going to thrive.
  2. The general public do not see many of the unique new breeds of roses because the buyers aren’t interested. Every person is unique, but unlike roses we’re not dependent on buyers to determine whether we have a valuable contribution to make to the world. We are intrinsically valuable so we need to look after ourselves.
  3. It takes about 5 years of design, nurture and care to develop a new rose variety. Whether we’re working on our physical health, our mental or emotional development, or any other creative venture we need to give ourselves time to succeed.

Along the way, don’t get so caught up in where you are going that you forget to enjoy the beauty and joy around you.