Pediatrics in Chinese medicine

Children develop diseases frequently and can respond to them intensely and in an extreme manner. At the same time they may heal from them quickly and abruptly. That is the nature of children, openhearted, simple and often more sensitive. The child is not an independent unit and is dependent upon his parents or caregivers who influence them directly and dramatically.

The Center of Chinese medicine in Jerusalem successfully treats various Pediatrics problems as it combines several methods together including – Acupuncture, Laser Acupuncture, Tuina, and Chinese herbs.

Thousands of years ago there was a well-known saying in China, that in order to attend to children, one should heal their mother first. Children are affected by the emotional state at home just as they are affected by the diet given to them. An anxious and worried mother transfers these feelings to her kids whether she wants it to or not. Children absorb these feelings and often express them through their bodies in the form of an illness. The process of diagnosing children in Chinese medicine is simple on one hand but more complex on the other hand. As mentioned before, children can be less complex and create fewer disguises than adults. That is the reason why it can be easier to find the source of the observed phenomena, yet the diagnosis and treatment should be done relatively quickly and the therapist should remain attentive to the child throughout the process. Once the child begins to develop a negative reaction, the therapist must change his approach, if not, he may create a resistant reaction in the child and from that point on, it could be a very bumpy road. 

Another obstacle facing the therapist at diagnosis is the questioning phase which can be achieved only by the parents and not by the child. The parents answers are not necessarily objective and can reflect their own inner world. The sensitive therapist should know how to use only the relevant information. A therapist who wants to successfully treat children will have to find different ways of communication from the ones he uses with adult patients. He will often be required to work without words, but through play, intuition and insight. 

External characteristics such as facial tones, posture, and of course pulse and tongue checking can greatly assist in finding the most appropriate acupuncture points. The acupuncture points should be kept as few as possible. First of all, in order not to hinder the child and also because the child’s systems operate and respond quickly and strongly, there is no need for many points to create an effect and it can even cause greater reactivity than desired. Most children suffer from diseases arising from the gastrointestinal tract or respiratory system. Chinese medicine claims that because these two systems evolve last during pregnancy they will probably be the most sensitive among children.

Common conditions treated in Chinese Medicine:

  • Ear infections – chronic infections, fluid accumulation
  • Respiratory problems – asthma, dry or phlegmy cough, persistent cough, chronic Phlegm
  • Allergies and chronic rhinitis Recurrent colds
  • Pneumonia * Abdominal pain and flatulence in infants
  • Atopic dermatitis and other skin problems, rashes, eczema.

A well known and unfortunate phenomenon in children is the reappearance of a disease caused by hypersensitivity of one or more systems in the body. Few points acupuncture combined with herbal formulas is a common and effective treatment for these conditions. Strengthening the child’s immune system in order to reduce repetition of diseases, Strengthening the respiratory system, improving gastrointestinal absorption, drying phlegm, relaxation and balance are only a few of the benefits that can be achieved by treating children through Chinese medicine.

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