A Handbook of Tcm Pediatrics: A Practitioner's Guide to the by Bob Flaws

By Bob Flaws

This article is the fruit of intensive learn into the chinese language clinical literature on pediatrics and the reaction to years of practitioner requests for a very good, finished TCM pediatric textbook. It covers over forty five universal pediatric complains, giving differential prognosis, affliction mechanisms, natural remedy, acumoxa treatment the place acceptable, and Bob's reviews approximately each. those ailments are offered within the chronological order that and they seem & comprise every little thing from colic and cradle cap to mumps and pediatric hyperactivity. There also are designated sections on pediatric prognosis and treating children with chinese language natural drugs, immunizations, and nutritional remedy.

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They are also the staple diet at many day- care centers, where preparing and feeding cooked foods is too difficult. And this is also why our Western children get sick the way they do with earaches, allergies, and chronic coughs. When parents bring a sick toddler to my clinic, whether with a common cold, tonsillitis, CHINESE DIETARY THERAPY AND PEDIATRICS cough, or earache, my first question is whether or not they went to a birthday party right before they got ill. Four times out of five the answer will be yes.

Li Shi-zhen says that when feeling the pulse on infants, one need only use a single finger to check all three positions and it is enough to check for strong or weak, slow or rapid pulses. When attempting to examine a child’s pulse, the practitioner should keep in mind that a child’s pulse is normally faster than an adult’s. If one does not remember this, then one 25 26 A HANDBOOK OF TCM PEDIATRICS may mistake a cold for a hot disease. According to Li Shi-zhen, the normal pulse rate for children between the ages of 3-5 years old is seven beats per respiration.

And children should not be given sweets and ice cream. Sweets damage the spleen and engender dampness, while ice cream is not only too sweet (the sugar), it is also too dampening (the eggs and cream) and too injurious to the spleen yang qi (the freezing cold). In listing the common foods babies and children should not be given, many parents will immediately recognize the typical Western toddler’s daily fare. Raw carrots and celery, pieces of cheese, crackers and bread, peanut butter and jelly, chilled milk and fruit juices.

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