An alternative to western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine (popularly known as TCM) is an effective way to treat small children and infants. Many TCM practitioners from the USA are not so confident in treating little children as opposed to naturopaths that are willing to treat the whole family, but in China, pediatrics is a part of TCM that has become so popular and it attracts the best of practitioners. Some of them specialize in pediatric Tui Na massage, others in herbal remedies.
If you are interested, in the USA, the Holistic Pediatric Association is offering the necessary training in order to heal children, who respond well to this kind of treatment. Their recovery is almost predictable as their Qi and Yang helps in the recovery process. It is a positive thing both to the child and to the doctor.
Even though the dosage is different it is safe to say that almost all the medicine used for adults can be used to treat children, however, there are certain things to have in mind. For example, herbs that are cooling, warming, bitter, or pungent should be avoided.
Determining the right syndrome and its differentiation is the base of each treatment, and for children, a gentler approach is usually the right one. After the initial therapy, if the condition persists and is considered as severe, you can halt the treatment as soon as the first signs of recovery appear and let momentum lead them to the complete recovery.
In order to determine the right dosage, the age of the child (infant) is taken into consideration, regardless of whether the medication is in powder, pills or liquid. The old Chinese medicine recommends these measures:
Newborns- 1/6 of the adult dosage
Babies- 1/3 to 1/2 of the adult dosage
Young children (2-5 years)- 1/2 to 2/3 of the adult dosage
School children- Adult dosage
To prepare it you can grind it in an electric coffee grinder and then place them back to their original packaging. For your own safety and the safety of your child, only buy prepared patent medicine.
Here’s a recipe using Taiwan-style granule powder.
To prepare for use, take a teaspoon of the powder and add boiling water in the amount necessary for it to be neither too pasty nor too watery resulting in a dark, liquid homogenous mixture. Next you need to filter the dark liquid through a mesh strainer and put the resultant liquid into a pediatric syringe. The dosage is as follows:
Infants: 1-2 cc
Children from 1 to 2 years of age: 3-4 cc
Children from 2 to 3 years of age-3-4 cc
Children from 3 to 5 years of age- 4-5 cc
Children over 5 years: 6cc
Children from 7 to 12 years can use pills or tinctures
Common illnesses may vary from those that are not severe like fever, vomiting, cough and colic and they affect infants the most. As they grow older, headache, stomach ache, cold and cough is more present, but for many practitioners, treatments revolve around severe illnesses and chronic conditions such as insomnia, asthma, eczema and constipation. All these conditions have specialized practitioners. The best motivation for these people to get involved in pediatrics is the love of children, and it becomes obvious as more and more clinics and health centers in China have decorated their space with toys and pictures.
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