“Quality Care Designed for Kids!”

Introduction

Pediatrics based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been helping kids feel better for thousands of years. It is a safe and drug-free health care method. It can be very effective in treating both acute and chronic conditions and is a very effective form of pediatric medicine. Pediatrics TCM is safe, drug-free, holistic and curative.

Sun Acupuncture offers Pediatric care for kids age 15 and under and utilizes many traditional Chinese medicine therapies including: Acupuncture, Acupressure, Herbal Medicine, Pediatric Tuina (Chinese Pediatric Massage) and TCM Dietary Therapy.

Common Pediatric Disorders Treated

1. Digestive Disorders: Constipation, Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain, Vomiting and Nausea, and Nutritional Impairment.

2. Respiratory Disorders: Colds & Flu, Fever, Influenza, Cough, Pneumonia, Asthma, and Allergies.

3. Infectious Diseases: Immunizations Side Effects, Ear Infections, Tonsillitis, and Conjunctivitis.

4. Sleep Disorders: Insomnia, Waking at Night, Fatigue, Night Terrors, Bad Dreams, and Bed Wetting.

5. Mood Disorders: Anger Issues, Depression, and Anxiety.

6. Skin Disorders: Eczema, Psoriasis, and Hives.

7. Urinary Disorders: Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and Bedwetting.

8. Learning Difficulties: Hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorders.

9. Growth and Injuries: Growing Pains, Injuries, and Slow Growth and Development.

10. Gynecological Disorders: Painful Menses, Irregular Menses.

Acupuncture for Kids

When working with children the actual time of the acupuncture is very brief. Children feel the effect immediately and often start to feel better right away. The younger the child, the less time the acupuncture is applied. Older children often have stronger constitutions and their patterns of health or imbalance are more developed. These kids can handle longer acupuncture treatments.

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Kids

In certain situations children only need to take herbs for a short time, while other situations children should take herbs for several months. This is because some problems are fixed quite easily, while certain problems we see in children are of a constitutional nature and take longer to treat. We prescribe herbal tinctures and teapills.

Tinctures: We use tinctures for infants and younger children that are unable to drink teas or swallow pills. The tinctures we prescribe are produced with children in mind. With lower alcohol and the addition of glycerin, these formulas, because they taste good, are easy to administer. Parents can be advised to keep them so that they can intervene at the earliest signs of upset.

Teapills: We use Herbal Times teapills for older children who can easily swallow pills. Often times it is most effective to prescribe more than one formula.

Pediatric Tuina

Pediatric Tuina, also known as Chinese Pediatric Massage, influences a child’s energetic flow in the same way as acupuncture, but uses gentle massage to activate the various points instead of needles. Techniques are designed to boost the function of the internal organs by balancing their intrinsic energies, strengthening the immune system, and promoting brain development.

Unlike Western infant massage, Chinese infant massage uses specific treatments for different ailments. It is a safe and extremely effective therapy for the treatment of a wide range of common childhood ailments. Pediatric Tuina uses a system of points and pathways that often do not correspond with the adult ones, but rather are specific to young children. Results are often quick and without side effects. Treatments are most effective with children from birth to age 6.

Benefits of Pediatric TCM

It is quite common for a child’s well being to show marked improvement in other aspects of their daily lives. It has been noted that a child’s spirit, happiness, energy, and vitality blossom. Pediatric TCM can be beneficial for easing children though the many changes they have to go through in their lives.

What happens during a Pediatric TCM treatment?

The first visit takes between 30 to 45 minutes. After establishing the general nature of your child’s complaint, the practitioner spends some time closely observing the child, taking a pulse, listening to the heartbeat and lungs, and talking to the child about what is going on. Even the youngest child responds well to this. Through looking, asking, listening, and touching, enough data can usually be gathered to make a good working diagnosis according to the principles of Pediatric TCM. From this, a treatment plan is developed and discussed with you and your child. Treatment may include acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Acupressure, or Chinese medical massage.

On the Parent’s Lap

Under the age of seven years, the safest place for a baby or child is on the parent’s lap. The child does not have to sit still (unlike adult acupuncture), as the needles are not kept in. Subsequent consultations, lasting between 15 and 30 minutes per child, start with a few questions and a brief reexamination to determine your child’s progress, followed by the treatment for the day.

Treatment Schedule

The number of treatments that will be necessary vary depending on the severity and duration of the condition, as well as the strength and constitution of your child. In considering your child’s case, the practitioner works to shed light on the root causes of the condition. You and your child will then be advised to take appropriate measures.